Salt Lake Retired Firefighters Association


In Memory . . .

Robert Wells Clayton
1917 ~ 2009

Robert Wells "Bert" Clayton, 92, died peacefully on Feb. 20, 2009. He was born January 25, 1917 to David H. Clayton and Margaret Cannon in Salt Lake City. He grew up with his seven sisters and one brother on the farm on west California Avenue. He graduated from South High School and then served as a missionary in the Samoan Islands. In July, 1942 he signed-up to serve in the US Coast Guard serving in the Pacific and European Theaters. Upon his return home he joined the Salt Lake Fire Dept. He became well known for writing manuals and training all over the state. After his retirement he worked for Mt. Olympus Water installing sophisticated water systems and then for Rocky Mountain Fabrication. He was known for his high work ethic, attention to details and completing a job correctly. On July 7, 1948 he married Ruth Laura Paramore, whom he always loved and cared for. His life revolved around her and their family. He served faithfully in the LDS church including many years in each calling as a Bishop, Temple Worker, Humanitarian Service and especially as a Home Teacher. He was the fix-it man for his neighbors and he kept them supplied from his garden. He is survived by his sons, Paul (Bev), John (Kathy), Brad (Mardee), 12 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. They will always remember him for his interest in each of them, his humorous stories, and his knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife (Ruth), grandson (Christopher), and eight siblings (Ruth, Bill, Sally, Margaret, Genieve, Helen, JoAnn, Phyllis). Funeral services will be held Weds., Feb. 25, 2009, 12:00 Noon, at the Rose Park 6th Ward, 1155 No. 1200 West, SLC. Friends may call Tues. evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and at the church 10:45-11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery, 2350 E. 1300 S. , SLC. In his memory donations may be made to - "Geo. Q. Cannon Scholarship Fund", Attn: W. Thiim, BYU Hawaii, 55-220 Kulanui St, Laie, HI 96762-1294.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 2/22/2009 - 2/24/2009




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