Albert “Whitey” Clyde Hoggan, Jr – 4 April 1931
Born in Ogden, Utah April 4, 1931, to Albert Clyde Hoggan, Sr. and Fae (Gorder) Hoggan, he grew up between Ogden; Preston, Idaho; and Grouse Creek, Utah. Doyle Simpson was Clyde’s stepfather, and his sister was Mary Kay.
Clyde attended Ogden High School and Weber State University. In 1950 he enlisted in the Air Force and joined the 523rd Air Force Band, March Air Force Base. Hend was stationed in Guam during the Korean War. He received a National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge. Upon returning stateside, he married Joanne Elaine Fetscher. In 1954 they moved to Los Angeles on their honeymoon so he could pursue a profession in the music industry. Their children are daughters Heather Ann and Robin Lee.
His musical career spanned over sixty years. Beginning with tuba he moved on to double bass and bass guitar. His career took him to five continents, traveling the world and the United States with Big Bands, Broadway shows, working in nightclubs, casinos, television, movies, and recording studios. He also was an accomplished music copyist.
He built his first boat in 1963 and then progressed through 4 more vessels, each bigger than the last. His love of sailing kept him on the water for many years while gathering many friends along the way.
Clyde, a kind and gentle man, was the dad of the neighborhood, always ready to lend a hand or offer a sofa to someone in need. In his career he was an unmitigated pro following a vision of the music he held to be pure and authentic. His wry sense of humor and understated sarcasm subtly hovered beneath the surface of his conversation.
Clyde was 86 when he passed away on February 6, 2018, at his home in Livingston, Montana. He is buried in the Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park.