Arthur Emery Clayson

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Arthur Emery Clayson, 82, died of natural causes in his home on Friday, September 22, 2017, surrounded by loving family members. The second child of Emery Calvin and Afton Hirst (Bickmore) Clayson, Arthur was born May 6, 1935, in Montello, Nevada. While attending the University of Nevada he met the love of his life, Clydie Jane Seckinger. They were married on March 24, 1956, in St. George, Utah.

Fresh out of college with a degree in mechanical engineering, Arthur arrived in the Indian Wells Valley in June 1957, where he began his career at the Naval Ordnance Test Station. Described as the Navy’s leading expert on aircraft guns, he received the NWC Technical Director’s Award and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award during his 53 years of continuous service to the Warfighter at NAWS China Lake.

Arthur was a lifelong, dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During 1959–1960, along with other members, he helped build the chapel at 501 North Norma, Ridgecrest, working many evenings and most Saturdays. Over the years he served in many callings, including bishop’s counselor, high counselor, bishop, and temple worker, and traveled many miles in Church service. He enjoyed reading gospel works and having after-dinner gospel discussions with family.

He was a builder and loved all things mechanical. He was a small aircraft pilot, model railroader, and the family auto mechanic. He improved the family’s property by building and maintaining an addition to the house, outbuildings for livestock, sheds, plants, fences, and windmill and irrigation systems. His ongoing retirement project was building a ride-on, small-scale train that wound around the property. He taught his children to work on many of these projects.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Clydie, great-grandson Gregory Clayson, and sister and brother-in-law Anna Lee and Dale Egbert. He is survived by his children: Calvin (Colleen), Cathleen (Bryan) Smith, Alan (Beth), Jane Clayson, Rosalie (Rick) Crites, Jesse (Karen), Aaron (Amy) and Peter (Beate) Clayson; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; brother Dennis (Linda), sister Susan (Rowland) Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Friday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at 501 North Norma, Ridgecrest California, with funeral and graveside service to follow.

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