In Memory of Robert Grant Clifton

August 15, 2016

Grant Clifton

CMN mourns the loss of Grant Clifton, the fourth child of CMN’s founder and current Executive Director, Karen Clifton, who passed away unexpectedly on July 31st.

Grant had a deep faith which anchored his dedication to social justice. For years he had been concerned with the state of the US criminal justice system–especially the use of the death penalty–and his passions helped catalyze the founding of Catholic Mobilizing Network.

During the early years at CMN, Grant could regularly be found volunteering in our office. He helped set up the website, reviewed educational resources, and assisted with numerous programs and communications. In one of his final conversations with Karen, he reiterated how important CMN’s work was and how critical it was that the death penalty end in this country.

We are deeply saddened by Grant’s loss, but his legacy inspires us to continue this holy mission. Please join us in praying for Grant and his family during this difficult time.

Rest in peace, Grant, and know that CMN’s work is thanks to you and in honor of you.


Robert Grant Clifton

September 19, 1983-July 31, 2016

Robert Grant Clifton was born on September 19, 1983 in Texas City, Texas to Guy and Karen Clifton, the fourth of five children. Grant joined his grandparents in heaven on Sunday, July 31, 2016, finally resting after a long battle with addiction.

Grant was a loyal, kind and loving presence in his family and community. He had a generous and inclusive spirit, always coming to the aid of the underdog, the disenfranchised and anyone in need. He had a deep spiritual life and commitment to his Catholic faith, a foundation of his passion for social justice and support of the needy.

Grant’s humor and animated storytelling made him a joyful presence in any room. He never met a stranger and loved entertaining, cooking, music and dancing. His charisma and charm combined with his innate sensitivity and kindness made him a memorable person to anyone he encountered.

Grant loved the outdoors and had a gift with plants and animals – which was evidenced in the collection of exotic birds, dogs and chickens that would arrive at his parents home while growing up. He had incredible intuition and tenderness in his ability to heal and nurture all things living – which also drew people around him to share their faith and deepest vulnerabilities with him.

Grant will be missed by his parents, Guy and Karen, his siblings, Marjorie Clifton, Travis Clifton and his wife Elizabeth, Kathryn Clifton and her husband, Dafne Ramirez, and Andrew Clifton and his wife Katherine; and his seven nieces and nephews Henry, George, Charlie, Elisa, Mariela, Lucia and Grace, who is also his goddaughter. He was the first phone call whenever you needed a cooking tip or assistance executing a practical joke on someone in the family. He was incredibly proud and loyal to his family as we will always be to his memory.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, August 6th at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, College Station, TX.

A separate memorial service was held on Wednesday, August 10th in the Chapel at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.

Grant was passionate about restorative justice and reforming the criminal justice system. In his honor, and in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Catholic Mobilizing Network at 415 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017.