1931 - 2011
Clayton Hatfield was born Oct. 29, 1931 and died May 16, 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ella; sons, David and wife Connie, Bruce and wife Becky; daughter, LaVonne and husband Jim; sister, Yvonne Barton and husband Arthur. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Hatfield served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning, he was an officer with the Arizona Highway Patrol and Liquor Patrol. While serving with the patrol he earned his master’s degree at Arizona State University and began teaching science classes at Phoenix Union High School. He started teaching and coaching girls and boys basketball at Carl Hayden High School.
He also volunteered as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America for 20 years.
He and his wife Ella retired to Payson in 1993 where he was a very active member of the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church.
“He was an amazing son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all,” writes his family.
A memorial will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, May 20 at the Mt. Calvary Church located at 5105 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix (one-half block north of Camelback on the east side of 7th Avenue); and at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 21 at Shepherd of the Pines of Payson, located at 507 W. Wade Lane in Payson.
The family requests memorial contributions in Mr. Hatfield’s name to Shepherd of the Pines Memorial Fund.