Ralph D. Claxton, 87, of Washington Terrace, passed away Sunday morning, June 9, 2013, after fighting a brief, but good fight with cancer. He will be remembered with love and affection by all who knew him.
He was born Sept 21, 1925 in Wynnewood, Oklahoma to James O. and Myrtle M. Claxton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, and served in the South Pacific during WW II. He married his wife Donna, in April of 1947. They were married for 65+ years and had three children; Sharon Lavonne Kinne (Roger), Ralph Dean (Toni) and James Gilbert (Teri). Ralph was employed by the U.S. govt. and had the opportunity to move his family and work to Japan. While there, he was assigned to instruct the Japanese how to overhaul Jet aircraft engines. After their return to the states, he was assigned to the Minuteman Missile Program and lived in California, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and later to Utah where he retired in 1974. He moved to Mississippi for a short time, where he tried his hand at country life, but eventually returned to Utah to be closer to his children and grandchildren. Ralph was an active member of Community United Methodist Church in Washington Terrace, and a member of Unity Masonic lodge #18.
Ralph is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Sharon of Roy, son James of West Haven, brother Albert of AZ, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Paul, sister Pauline, son Ralph Dean and his dog and buddy, Hank.
Family and friends are invited to the viewing at Myers Roy Mortuary, 5865 S. 1900 W. Roy, UT on Wednesday June 12th, from 5-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist Church, 163 West 4800 South Washington Terrace, UT on June 13th, beginning at 10 a.m., Pastor Diane Bell officiating.
A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Roy City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community United Methodist Church memorial fund.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com