With heavy hearts, we come together to remember and honor the life of Bill R. Clayton, a cherished husband, devoted father, loving son, supportive brother, steadfast friend, and dynamic leader. Born on September 27th, 1958, in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill's life journey began under the loving care of his parents, Julie and Armstor. As his story unfolded, it became a tapestry woven with love, laughter, and a genuine spirit of kindness.
Growing up in Carson, CA, Bill attended Annalee Elementary, Curtiss Middle School, and Gardena High School, where he laid the foundation for lifelong friendships and a strong sense of community. An adventurous spirit led him to enlist in the United States Air Force, where he embarked on a transformative journey that took him across the enchanting landscapes of Europe. Six years of dedicated service earned Bill an honorable discharge, leaving him with cherished memories that would stay with him forever.
In 1993, Bill's life found new purpose and joy when he married Judy Arburtha. Their partnership was marked by love, mutual support, and a shared vision for the future. They set down roots in Fontana before finding their forever home in Claremont, CA, where they created a warm and loving environment for their growing family. The birth of their daughter, Taylor, in 1998, brought immeasurable joy and deepened the bonds of their family unit.
Bill's professional journey led him through various avenues in the insurance industry. He found his niche in commercial truck insurance, a field where his expertise and dedication shone brightly. He made valuable contributions at Transit Truck Insurance before venturing into entrepreneurship with the establishment of Elite 4 Truck Insurance. His career was a testament to his unwavering commitment and the mark of excellence he left behind.
Beyond his professional achievements, Bill's true legacy lies in the cherished memories he created with his loved ones. A patient and loving father, he taught his daughter the intricacies of life, from riding her first bike to navigating the roads as a responsible driver. His passion for sports, particularly golf, brought him to Mountain Meadows Golf Course, where he enjoyed spirited rounds with friends and colleagues. A formidable bowler, Bill's skills were unmatched, and he lovingly shared his knowledge with those around him.
Bill's magnetic personality drew people to him, and his friendly demeanor made him a familiar face in the community. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and share his unique sense of humor. His wardrobe reflected not only his sports allegiances but also his eagerness to engage with fellow enthusiasts and strike up conversations.
As we say goodbye to Bill, we celebrate the indelible mark he left on our lives. He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; cherished daughter, Taylor; his mother, Julie; and siblings Larry, James, Sonya, and Keith. Though he has left our physical world, his spirit lives on in the memories he created and the love he shared.
Let us remember Bill with smiles and laughter, for his spirit beckons us to celebrate a life well-lived. In his honor, let us approach each day with the same zest for life that he demonstrated, embracing every moment with open hearts and a big thumbs up.
Rest peacefully, Bill, knowing that your presence will be forever missed and your memory will never be forgotten!
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