Larry R. Clayton

Larry R. Clayton, 63, went to meet his maker on Sunday, Dec. 15, at Lubbock University Medical Center in Texas. He most recently resided in Hobbs, N.M., but has lived in Cortez, El Paso, Texas, Deming and Ruidoso, N.M.

Larry was a brilliant businessman, having earned many awards and acclimations in the construction industry. There was a declaration of appreciation written for Larry by the governor of New Mexico and another by the Navajo Nation in appreciation for his work in Navajo/American benefits. Larry began his career at Navajo Engineering Construction Authority and worked his way up to general manager before retiring and taking on many other contracts with companies in New Mexico and Texas. He was currently employed by Hungry Horse Construction in Hobbs, N.M. Larry was a decorated Vietnam veteran, serving two tours after graduation from Deming High School. He served in Thailand as well and was able during his life to travel the world to places like Egypt and Australia. Larry was a longtime member of the American Legion and the NRA. Larry was very involved in the Republican Party and received letters of appreciation from President Bush and was admired by many past governors and local leaders. He was instrumental in the remodel and design of the Inn of the Mountain Gods as well as the Rain Maker Golf Course in Ruidoso. He was an avid golfer and fisherman. He loved the beach.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Arlis Clayton, and stepfather, Richard Jackson.

He is survived by his mother; Arlyse “Skippy” Jackson of Deming; son Paul Clayton of Hillsboro, Ore.; daughter Rochelle Clayton-Cordova of Knoxville, Tenn.;, and special daughter figure Amanda Herrera of Roanoke, Texas. He is also survived by siblings Karen Bill and her husband Mike of Anchorage, Ark., Laurie King and husband Danny of Deming, Michael Jackson of Deming, Kimberly Barrett of Prescott, Ariz., and Matthew Jackson of Memphis Tenn.; girlfriend Renee Marks of Corpus Christi, Texas; granddaughter Kailyn Cordova of Knoxville, Tenn.; and many special nieces and nephews. He is also survived many friends and co-workers nationwide.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Deming. In lieu of flowers, send donation to the American Legion Post in Ruidoso, N.M. 115 Meander Drive, Ruidoso, N.M. 88345.

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