Family honors man who drowned at Tenkiller Lake

Clifton Deon Youngblood, 36, was celebrating his sister’s birthday at Tenkiller Lake over the weekend. He jumped into the waters and never resurfaced.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday near the Burnt Cabin Bluffs. Several people jumped into the water to rescue him, but they couldn’t pull him up. The Cherokee Nation Marshall Dive Team used side scan sonar to find Youngblood’s body later that night. He wasn’t wearing a life vest and witnesses say he started to struggle after jumping off the boat and into the water.

Youngblood leaves behind three boys and one daughter. He will be laid to rest next Saturday, July 31st at 10 a.m. There are several ways you can donate to Youngblood’s family; through a Facebook group and a Go-Fund-Me page.

Youngblood is one of two men who died on Oklahoma lakes this weekend. Just two hours after Youngblood drowned, 22-year-old Joseph Ballard Junior died at Lake Keystone. Troopers say Ballard panicked, started to struggle, and went blow the water. He never resurfaced. Ballard was also not wearing a life vest.