Clayton Ivan Ek
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"Clay" husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 of natural causes. He was born May 2, 1925 in Murray, Utah to John and Ivy Nielson Ek. His mother passed away in childbirth and he was lovingly raised by his aunt and uncle, John and Hannah Coon, along with their 6 children.
Clay was proud to say that he grew up in Magna where he attended school and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1943. Following graduation from high school he joined the Merchant Marines. One of his most memorable trips was being part of a convoy crossing the Atlantic during a terrible storm. Ships were lost because they broke apart or were torpedoed by German submarines. In 1945 he served in the Marine Corps. Following his service to his country during WWII he attended the University of Utah and graduated from Westminster College.
He spent his career at Kennecott Copper Company, starting on the track gang and working up to a manager in finance. Following that he did volunteer work for a number of organizations including Salt Lake County Aging Services helping a countless number of people.
Clay led a very active life which included playing basketball, skiing, golfing and traveling the world. He was selfless, accepting and loved people. He had a unique gift for numbers, If he got your birthday and phone number, you could count on a call from him.
A confirmed bachelor until he was 49 years old, he met Dee Angell through friends and the rest was history: he helped raise Dee's three sons, Vaughn, Mark and Kelly.
Clay kept active even in his senior years by working out and learning every day. He was an avid reader and kept abreast of current events, sports and the stock market on his computer
He is survived by his wife of 39 years Clara Dee Ek; step children Mark Angell (Liz) Gig of Harbor, WA and Kelly Angell (Sue) of West Jordan; daughter in law Claresa Angell (Cory Bakke) of Salt Lake City; grandchildren Kelly Alexander, Lauryn, Ethan and Emily Angell and Libby, Chelsey and Jake Olsen.
He was preceded in death by his stepson Vaughn Angell; siblings Ruth, Floyd, Florence, Bertha, Donna and Delbert, and siblings Emma Ek Breeze and Inez Ek Moon.
A celebration of life and visitation will be held on Monday, March 25 from 6 to 8 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, 26 at 1 PM also at Starks Funeral Parlor with a visitation one hour prior. Interment to follow at Murray City Cemetery, 5490 South Vine Street.
In lieu of flowers, please provide contributions to the Alliance House, alliancehouse.org/ or Utah Food Bank, utahfoodbank.org/.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.starksfuneral.com
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 24, 2013