Dr. Paul A. Clayton, 82, passed away on June 14, 1991 in Bountiful, Utah.
He was born April 7, 1909 in Blackfoot, Idaho to John Algene and Golda Mortensen Clayton. He married Lorna Newren on December 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City. The marriage was later solemnized in the Oakland, California Temple of the LDS Church. She preceded him in death, March 5, 1988.For 44 years Paul made substantial contributions to the medical profession, the performing arts and higher education. He attended Michigan State University as an undergraduate, majoring in math and engineering. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine in 1942.
Following an internship at Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Corps Reserve, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and in 1943 was sent as a doctor to attend Ford Motor Co. war workers, at a bombing plant in Wayne, Michigan. In January, 1945 Paul began a residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following completion, he left for Salt Lake City at the invitation of Sister Hillary of Holy Cross Hospital, to develop a Department of Anesthesia.
From 1947 to March, 1976 he served in the Holy Cross Hospital Department of Anesthesia, 15 years as Chairman. Paul served on the teaching staff of the University of Utah School of Medicine, as acting Department Chairman and Full Professor of Anesthesia, and as Full Clinical Professor of Anesthesia. He also served on the Admissions Committee of that institution for several years. He was elected President of Utah Blue Shield in l952, and in l953 was elected Chairman of the Utah Blue Shield Board of Directors where he served for 10 years.
Paul served on the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the National Association of Blue Shield Plans. He was elected President of the Western Conference of Blue Shields Plans and in 1965 served as President of the Utah State Medical Association. He was a member of the International Anesthesia Research Society, the American Medical Association, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Utah State Society of Anesthesiologists, and Salt Lake County Medical Society. He was an active member of the Mayo Foundation and the University of Michigan School of Medicine Alumni Association.
Paul was an enthusiastic supporter of the Arts in Utah including, particularly the Utah Ballet and Ballet West, Utah Symphony, Pioneer Memorial Theater and the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. He was a member of the Alta Club, Salt Lake City.
Following retirement from active medical practice he donated his time to supervise the Pain Clinic at the University of Utah Medical Center. He was active in the Utah Republican Party and served as Chairman of Physicians for Eisenhower and in a similar capacity for Senator Orrin Hatch.
Paul attended public school in Salt Lake, including the LDS U. He served an LDS Mission in the Swiss/German Mission from 1927-30. For over 30 years he was an active member of the Monument Park 11th Ward and was a member of the High Priests Quorum there. For the last three years he was a member of the Eagle Gate 18th Ward, Eagle Gate Stake. He has done extensive genealogy and temple work in the last three years.
He was a great grandson of William Clayton, Mormon pioneer and composer of the beloved Mormon hymn, "Come, Come Ye Saints."
Paul is survived by his children, Janice Frederickson (Tom) of Salinas/Monterey, California; Paul A. Clayton II (Maureen) of Washington, DC; Jeffrey N. Clayton (Marge) of Bountiful, Utah. He has 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by a brother Quinn.
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 19, 1991 at the Eagle Gate Ward Chapel, 135 A Street, Salt Lake City. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Tuesday 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of floweres, the family suggest contributions be made to the Holy Cross Hospital Foundation, 1050 E. South Temple, SLC, 84102 or the University of Utah School of Medicine, 50 Medical Dr., SLC, 84112.
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