Clarence Turpin

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Thursday, April 23, 1931

Clarence Turpin Called To Award

Injuries Received In Dive at Clarkston Beach Nine Months Ago Prove Fatal to Lewiston Boy.

After lying helpless for nine months almost to a day, a victim of paralysis, caused by a head injury received July 20, 1930, while diving at nighttime off the Clarkston beach, Clarence Turpin, well known young man of Lewiston, died at 6 o'clock last evening at White's hospital, where he had been a patient since the accident except for several weeks spent at the home of his mother on the upper Snake river in the fall.

The accident occurred in the presence of hundreds of bathers. Starting at a point about 40 feet from the water's edge he made a running dive into about three feet of water. His head hit the bottom with terrific force and he was unable to move. His moans attracted the attention of those on shore and he was rescued from drowning by Carl Nelson.

Spine Was Fractured

An X-ray examination revealed fracture of the spinal column and from this he was paralyzed from the shoulders down. When first entering the hospital it was thought there was a chance for partial recovery but his condition grew worse after three or four months and for the last month he continued to sink. He remained conscious until Sunday.

He was born at Mabton, Wash., 27 years ago and received his schooling at Medford, Ore. He came to Lewiston 12 years ago and for several years before his accident was employed by the Lewiston laundry.

He leaves his parents, Mrs. J. B. Chaffee, Rogersburg, Wash., and Thomas Turpin, of Bremerton, Wash., and one brother, Ralph Turpin, of this city.

The body is resting at the Vassar parlors. Funeral services will be conducted from there Sunday afternoon, the hour not being set.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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