Ernest Clarence Clayton, age 93, died of natural causes in Salt Lake City, April 9, 1997.

Born in Orem, Utah, August 9, 1903, the son of Clarence LeRoy Clayton and Christina Fugal, he married Olita Melville on June 25, 1930, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Ernest attended Brigham Young Academy, graduating with a BS Degree in education. As a student, he often acted in dramatic productions and played the clarinet in the marching band and the school orchestra.He served an LDS mission in the Eastern States Mission during 1928-29. Following his retirement, he and his wife Olita served a second mission in Kentucky-Tennessee. An active member of the LDS Church his entire life, he served in the bishopric of the Rosecrest Ward in the East Millcreek Stake and was often asked to work in the Church's welfare programs because of his agricultural training and his farm equipment.

His first job was teaching school in a one-room school house in McKinnen, Wyoming, a position he always recalled with pleasure. His next teaching assignment was with the Alpine School District in Orem, Utah. During World War II, he was the supervisor of vocational education in Granite School District and worked for Remington Arms as a placement counselor. Following the war, Ernest was in charge of vocational education and later juvenile counseling for that same district until his retirement in 1969. His later years were spent happily farming, traveling, and enjoying his 23 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. In 1996 Ernest and Olita Clayton were presented with a "Citizens of the Year" award by the East Millcreek Lions Club.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Olita, three sons and one daughter: James L. Clayton (Gerrie), Connie Clayton Madsen (Frank), Elwood M. Clayton (Leica), all living in Salt Lake City, and Richard M. Clayton (Vicki), from Highland, Utah. A second daughter, Beverly Clayton Brown, died of cancer some years ago.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 14, 1997, at 12:00 noon in the Garden Heights South Ward, 2220 East Fisher Lane (2935 South). Friends may call Sunday evening from 5 to 7 at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church one hour prior to the service on Monday. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. Funeral Directors: The Holbrook Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Savanah Seiter Fund.

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