Clayton Earl Skinner, beloved son, brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Friday, November 22, 2019. This spiritual giant was first and foremost a family man. Though a nature-lover, the biggest aspect of hunting, camping, and fishing he loved was that those activities connected him with his family and friends. A nationally certified scuba diver and an avid skier, Clayton eagerly shared his love for outdoor sports with others, and was even teaching his granddaughters to ski. He was the glue that held the family together, and his family could always count on him to be present at every family function.
Clayton was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a faithful mission in Los Angeles, CA. While in L.A., he met and baptized Rose Mary Juarez, who would later become his eternal companion. After returning with honor from his mission, the two reconnected and were sealed on October 4, 1985 in the Salt Lake City Temple. His love and respect for Rose Mary was evident in all aspects of life, illustrated in one way by his willingness to overcome his reluctance to learn Salsa and Merengue—with her gentle persuasion—which helped him discover a love and a talent for the dances. Further evidence of their love was their faithful attendance in holy temples.
Clayton was a diligent servant of Jesus Christ, serving in various callings, including a calling as Scout Master, in which he was able to ensure all three of his sons earned their Eagle Scout designations. He willingly served others, often learning new skills to enable him to do so. In fact, because of his regular service to others, he learned and became adept at so many skills that he was lovingly referred to as the “master of carpet.” But his service included more than temporal relief. His emotional and spiritual strength uplifted the burdened soul, and his hugs healed the broken hearted.
Clayton Earl was born to Clayton and Marilyn Titensor Skinner on April 5, 1964 in Afton, WY. He was raised in Bedford, WY, graduated from Star Valley High in Afton, WY, then completed a bachelor’s degree at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. He is survived by his wife Rose Mary; sons Andrew (Cassi) Skinner, Scott (Brynn) Skinner, and Jason Skinner; 2 granddaughters Kinsley and Brighton; his mother Marilyn and siblings Susanne (Terry) Smedley, Janette (Blake) Cleghorn, Cheryl (Warren) Call, Steven Dee (Carolyn) Skinner, Jan (Thomas) Lancaster, Joan (Gordon) Sleeman, Stella Marie (Mark) Mackey and Daunilyn (Jeff) Tippetts. He was preceded in death by his father; his sister Elnor; his step-father Ted Heiner; and father-in-law Carlos Juarez.
Visitations will be held at the Farr West Stake Center, 2132 W. 2700 No. Farr West, Utah, Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 pm and Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Farr West Stake Center. Following the services, we will be traveling to Bedford, WY for the interment in the Bedford Wyoming Cemetery at 3:45 pm.
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