70, of Bradenton passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 3, 2016. Clay was born in Lansing, MI and grew up in Barryton, MI where he graduated high school in 1964. He received his associate degree from Manatee Junior College in 1979. Clay served in the US Army during Vietnam, and worked for the State of Florida for 20 years. He was working at Art Craft Display in Michigan when he retired in 2008. He returned to Bradenton in 2013 to be close to his family. Clay is survived by two daughters, Christa Cook (Tom) of Palmetto and Heather Tamisiea (Bill); two grandsons, Jordan and Kaleb; and the light of his life - his granddaughter, Caitlin - all of Bradenton. Clay was preceded in death by his son, Anthony; wife, Linda; sister, Patricia; and parents, Zola and Clayton Sr. Clay was a talented musician, and the only thing he loved more than hunting and fishing was spending time with his family. He was a patient, loving, and protective father, grandfather, husband, uncle, brother, son and friend. This extends far beyond the people listed here, and our condolences go out to all of you. Local services will be private. His ashes will be scattered at Emerson Point Preserve in Palmetto, FL and we hope you will think of him there when you visit.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Mar. 13, 2016