Clayton, James S. (December 9, 1923 - January 3, 1973)

Services Held for James Clayton

Douglas Budget - January 11, 1973

Funeral services for James S. Clayton, 49, were held Saturday, January 6 at Christ Episcopal Church in Douglas, with the Rev. Stuart Cowles and the Rev. Arch Dewitt of Casper, officiating. Mr. Clayton, a local businessman for the past year and a half, was fatally injured January 3 in an automobile accident, west of Douglas.

Mr. Clayton-known to his many friends as 'Jim' - resided in Casper prior to moving to Douglas in 1971, where he and his wife, Margot, were co-owners of Clayton Place Bar and Package Liquors, formerly the Oasis.

Born in Denver, December 9, 1923, Jim lived his early years in the Dubois-Cody area where his father, Alfred G. Clayton, was employed as a ranger with the U.S. Forest Service. A graduate of Fremont County Vocational High School, Jim attended the University of Wyoming, 1941-43 and 1946-48, where he was a 2-year letterman in football and a member of Sigma Alpha Episilon social fraternity.

He married the former Gertrude Margot Butscher, October 10, 1948 at St. Matthews Cathedral in Laramie. He later was employed as a deputy game warden in the Wyoming communities of Tensleep, Pinedale, Sheridan and Cody. In 1953, he took a position as an exploration scout for Shell Oil Company, moving to Casper, Durango, Colorado and Farmington, New Mexico. In 1965, he joined Willis Oil and Tool Company in Midland-Odessa, Texas, and in 1970 moved to Casper.

A veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, Jim was a Legionnaire as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M. No. 2, Lander; the Elks, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors besides his widow include three daughters, Lisa Greer Clayton and Christine Sue Clayton of the family home, and Mrs. William (Stevia) Anda of Casper; his mother, Mrs. Henry(Mattie Lee)Brown of Lander; and a sister, Mrs. Henry A. (Jeanette)Brown.

Pallbearers were Justin Werner and Webb Stoddard of Douglas; Dan Lewis, Casper; Shad Martoglio, Cody; R.J. Doubek, Denver; and Hardy Rollins, Laramie. Ushers were Lee Combs, Douglas, and Jack Lucey, Casper.

Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.


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