Donald Clay

By Press Release

Donald "Don" Clay, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Horizons Care Center in Eckert. He was 94.

No memorial services are planned.

He was born July 13, 1921, to Samuel and Gertrude Clay, in Colorado Springs, where he was raised.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941-1945 as a radioman first class. He was wounded in the invasion of Sicily in 1943 and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He married Barbara Ann Austin in 1945. They raised two children in Denver. Mr. Clay retired from the phone company after 32 years and they moved to Hotchkiss in 1976. Barbara Ann died in 2000.

He married Dorothy "Dot" Wilkinson in 2002. She is 98 and living at Horizons in the room they shared.

Mr. Clay was a skilled fisherman and hunter, He enjoyed the game of football, Colorado and his Hotchkiss home. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Barbara; a son, Bradley, in 2007; and a brother, Elmer.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Roger of Tucson, Ariz.; a brother, Richard of Victoria, Texas; a sister, Marjorie Sullivan of Colorado Springs; a grandson, Aaron of Tucson; a granddaughter, Lauren (Tom) Satterlee of Phoenix; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hotchkiss Methodist Church Food Bank, or visit Dot at 11411 Highway 65, Eckert.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.

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