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Martha Allison Messner Cloran

February 14, 1949 - August 21, 2017


Martha Allison Marty Cloran was born to Ernest Lincoln Messner and Kathryn Fayette Hertzog on Valentine's Day 1949 in Pasadena, California. She was the younger sister of Ernest Lincoln Messner, Jr. She attended public schools in the City of San Marino where the family resided. She graduated with honors from San Marino High School in 1967.
Later in 1967 she left the Los Angeles area to attend Willamette University where she joined the Alpha Phi sorority. It was a connection that was to last for the rest of her life. Marty graduated from Willamette University with a degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate in 1971. On July 31, 1971, in Los Angeles, she married 1st Lieutenant William F. Bill Cloran. Bill was then a law student on delay from active duty. Bill returned to school in the fall to complete his last year and Marty was off to a year of teaching in Reedsport, Oregon.
In November 1972 Bill and Marty were assigned to Hill AFB in Utah were they remained until Bill was assigned to Udorn RTAF, Thailand. Marty had enrolled in an accounting program at Weber State College now University. She remained in Utah completing her second bachelor's degree with a 4.0 grade average in less than 2 years. In January she made a trip to Thailand and joined Bill for two months.
In July 1975 Bill returned from Thailand and the couple were posted to McChord AFB inTacoma, Washington. There they welcomed Francis Joseph Cloran on November 6, 1975 and
Timothy John Cloran on August 26, 1977. In January 1978 the family left for an assignment at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Bill left active duty in February 1980 and the family moved to The Dalles where Bill was City Attorney.
In 1984 Marty persuaded Bill to take a position in Salem. She has been part of the Salem community ever since. Marty began her teaching career again in the Salem Keizer Schools teaching high school math until approximately 2007 when illness made that impossible.
Marty's roots in the community are deep. She has been a member or an officer in Gallery Guides, Soroptimists, Assistance League and other community activities. She has worked on various projects for the Willamette University Alumni Office. She worked to establish Alpha Phi again on campus. Marty has also been a member of the United States Figure Skating Association and the Portland Ice Skating Club.
Marty is survived by her husband, William F. Cloran, Col. USAFR and by her sons Francis J. Joe Cloran, Lt. Col. USAF MC and his wife Sun Ae Sunny, and, Timothy J. Tim Cloran. She has two granddaughters children of Joe and Sun who were the delight of her later years Gabrielle Anne Gabby Cloran and Renee Kathryn Cloran. She is also survived by her brother Ernie and his wife Lynn; their children Katie, David and Sarah; and David's son Matthew.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances,  the family recommends donations in her name to:
The Portland Ice Skating Club, Jack Snyder Memorial Fund, c/o Celia Chan, President, 4836 SW Western Ave., Beaverton, OR 97005  www.pisc.org, The Salem Art Association, Gallery Guides, 600 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97302  www.salemart.org, Assistance League of Salem-Keizer, 1095 Saginaw St. S. , Salem,OR 97302 www.assistanceleaguesalem.org, or To your favorite charity.
Memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday, August 28, 2017 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Our deepest sympathy to Bill and to Marty's children and grandchildren.  Marty was the "Little Sister" of my roommate, Colleen, and she was always a wonderful and positive force in the Alpha Phi house,  Rest in peace dear sister!
Marian Fuller Felker '69



Marty's heart met mine at Alpha Phi in 1967.  She and I wove in and out of each other's lives over the decades.  When my daughter was at Sprague High School, she came home to tell me that her substitute math teacher had burst out "I know your mother!"  Briana said they talked and Marty told her that if she ever wanted to get an advanced degree in math or sciences to just let her know.  Briana said that Marty was the only adult she'd met who just became part of your life.  She got that right!  Years later, she introduced me to her husband, and we both worked at the Oregon Attorney General's Office.  Yet again, I found her on the exercise bike next to me at the gym, both of us biking uphill.  Marty remains in my heart, and I send my heartfelt sympathies to her family.



I will miss my dear friend. She gave me my senior high school your of Willamette and we have been friends since. She was the glue that kept Alpha Phi sisters in touch.



We were so saddened to hear about the passing of Marty.  Such a wonderful lady.  Bill, thank you for bringing Marty to the Oregon Gardens in March.  Having Marty there made our time special.  It was certainly only fitting she attend since Marty was the glue which kept the Willamette Alpha Phis together.  Our sympathies and prayers go with you all at this time.  We loved Marty and will miss her.
 



With heartfelt condolences to Bill and Family.
Marty will be truly missed in the skating community. 
You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Barb 
 



Bill, Marilyn and I extend our deepest sympathies to you and the family on Martha's passing. We'll keep her and you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Rick and Marilyn Cloran