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Obituary: John Jay Clayburn

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1914 ~ 2003


Jay Clayburn, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, age 88, passed away Friday, June 27, 2003 in Provo, Utah.

Born November 20, 1914 in Midview, Utah the son of Francis "Frank" and Edith Brown Clayburn. Married Helen Bingham January 7, 1942 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Jay was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to the North-western States Mission, as well as many other callings in the church. Following being a missionary he served his country in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. Through the years he served for the city of Midway as the Midway Marshall for five years, and also on the Midway Sanitation Board. Jay provided for his family as a farmer, a meat cutter, and as the first official law enforcement for the city of Midway.

Jay enjoyed many hobbies some of which include golf, rock hound and jewelry making. Taking his jeep for a ride in the mountains or going motorcycle riding were some favorite pastimes. Music played an important role in his life. As a youth he won the Western States Division Title for his Tuba Solo. He maintained his love for the tuba by playing in the Midway Band.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Helen; four children: Joyce (Richard) Oliphant, Frances (Mike) Tupper, Frank (Debbie), Susan (Larry) Smith; three brothers: Leo (Jo Ellen), Don (Jackie), Grant (Connie); four sisters: Beth Richards, Lola Wheelwright, Doris (Sam) Coulson, Jane (Duane) Brinkerhoff; 24 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by daughter Kathryn Christopherson, both parents, sister Rena Clayburn, and brother Merrill.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 30, 2003, 1:00 p.m., in the Deer Creek Ward, Charleston Church, 3423 S. 3500 W., Heber City. Friends may call on Sunday from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. at Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 N. Main, Heber, and on Mon. from 11:45-12:45 p.m. prior to the services at the LDS Church. Interment will be in the Midway Cemetery.