Obituary – George Clifford "Dragon" Clayton
January 29, 2010
George Clifford “Dragon” Clayton passed away Jan. 19, 2010.
He was born Aug. 3, 1930 in Fraser, Colo. to Chuck and Elsie Clayton. He attended Fraser Elementary School, graduated from East High School in Denver, and studied engineering at CU in Boulder.
He joined the Marine Corps and served in Korea. Upon returning, he married Lois Moore from Granby, and they made their home in Fraser.
Cliff was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as Commander of Post 6411 for many years and was a member of Elks Lodge 607 in Idaho Springs for 52 years.
He served as fire chief for the Fraser Volunteer Fire Department and on the Fraser Town Board of Trustees. In 2007, he was selected as Pioneer of the Year at the Middle Park Fair.
Cliff owned Clayton Construction for 35 years, donating much time and material to the Town of Fraser. Through the years he gave a lot of young local kids their first jobs. He also worked on the Vasquez Water Tunnel, Williams Fork Dam and as a lift operator on the Meteor T-bar at Winter Park Ski Area.
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During his college years, Clifford was a boxer, wining several bouts. He could play tenor sax and a jug, and he could yodel. He loved to dance and was a singer of songs. During the old-time Fraser picnics, he was the game-master. He was an avid sportsman and was a founding member of the Crooked Creek Trap Club.
Early in January, Cliff traveled to Texas for a winter fishing vacation. Tuesday evening, he was sitting on the deck watching the birds and sunset, and passed away peacefully in his chair.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Clayton; daughters Cristie Taylor and Cheri Sanders, and son Alan Clayton; grandchildren Jen Harthen, Jodi Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Cody Clayton-Taylor, Cori Sanders Armstrong and Brittany and Kindra Kitzenberger; several great-grandchildren; sister Connie Clayton; and nephews Bob Emal and Charles, and niece Sara Clayton. He as preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Elsie Clayton, sister Charlene Emal and infant son Carl E. Clayton. A memorial service will be held in the summer for family and friends.
Donations may be made to the Fraser Cemetery Association: PO Box 750 Fraser, CO 80442.