Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully at the age of 87 on December 10, 2022. He passed at home with his beloved wife by his bedside on December 10, 2022.
Kelvin Clarence Clayton was born to Clarence Donald Clayton and Isabella McBride Clayton in Orem, Utah on March 16, 1935. He was raised in Orem on a farm where he helped his father raise sheep and grow produce. He graduated from Lincoln High School where he was a great student and had many friends. Kelvin loved sports—especially basketball. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and then continued his education, receiving his master’s degree in education administration. He has been a coach, a high school teacher, and an education administrator in Illinois, Wyoming, and Utah. He served many years as an Orem City Councilman. He never quit working. Instead of retiring, he owned and managed Clayton apartments until three weeks before he passed away.
He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Rowley, August 4, 1956. They were sealed in the St. George temple and were blessed with four children. With his great sense of humor, being with him was always a time filled with laughter and joy for everyone he knew.
He loved hunting, camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and dancing. He was an avid BYU fan and watched every game of every sport he could either in person or on the television. He also loved to read and do word puzzles.
He is a faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Kelvin faithfully served seven years as a Bishop of his church and frequently served in the temple. He and his wife served a senior mission for several summers at the Heber Valley Girls Camp.
Above all, Kelvin is a stalwart example of faith, optimism, and love of family. He always followed his father’s council to give good will to everyone.
Kelvin is survived by Mary Ann Rowley Clayton, his wife of 66 years, his son, Kelvin Douglas “Doug” (Ann) Clayton, his daughter, Nancy (Lyle) Poulsen, his son, Gregory David (Violet) Clayton, and his daughter, Annalee (Troy) Poulsen, 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Conway.
He is preceded in death by his parents C. Donald and Isabella Clayton, his brother, Glade, and four grandchildren.
There will be a viewing from 9:30–10:45 AM Friday, December 16, 2022 at the LDS Stake Center, 575 East 800 North Orem, UT. The funeral will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at the Orem City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the LDS church educational fund. The funeral will be livestreamed via Legacy Funerals & Cremations Facebook page or the link on the obituary. A special thanks to Suncrest Hospice for helping us lovingly care for Kelvin the last weeks of his life.
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