Obituary for Dec. 24, 2013

By Baker City Herald December 24, 2013 08:29 am

Clayton Young

Baker City, 1932-2013

Clayton Young, 81, a lifelong Baker County resident, died Dec. 16, 2013, at St. Alphonsus Care Center-Baker City. 

 Clayton’s memorial service and a celebration of his life with military honors will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 2129 Second St. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the American Legion Hall.

Clayton was born on June 26, 1932, at Baker City to Charles Henry and Susie Benona York Young. He was the oldest of four children. He attended the Haines Grade School and was a 1950 Baker High School graduate. 

While attending high school, Clayton developed a strong work ethic. He was employed on a farm and also worked at a gas station. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict and also was stationed at Germany. 

Clayton played the alto saxophone in the U.S. Army Band. He was honored to perform for the president at the White House.

Clayton was married in 1956 to Carol Bates, who was also from Baker City. He was very interested in mechanic and electrical work and took many college classes gaining certification.

He then went to work for Clark Electric as an automotive mechanic/electrician, and was employed at the business for more than 30 years. He was also a gifted builder and wood craftsman. He built most of the furniture in his home.

Clayton was a great friend and help to the community he loved, family members said. He always gave a 100 percent at everything he did.

Clayton always had an undying allegiance to his family and friends. His wife, Carol, died in 2003.

The next year, Clayton attended a dance at Community Connection where he met Kathy Doud. It was love at first dance, which started a 10-year romance. 

The couple loved being together, dancing and fishing. They enjoyed their yearly trip to the coast and traveled on a cruise to Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol Elaine, who died in February of 2003; daughter, Linda Marie Young; and two brothers, Charles Vernon and Emil Leroy.

Survivors include his son, Joe Sturdivant of Baker City; daughter, Savannah Elaine Sturdivant-Young of Stevenson, Wash.; sister, Aurilla Hubbell of Butte Falls; loving partner, Kathy Doud of Baker City; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many longtime friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Hall in Baker City through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.