Irvin Clayton, M.D., passed away peacefully at his home late Thursday evening, Jan. 2, 2014, surrounded by his family during his 87th year. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Monday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road. Following military rites, Dr. Clayton's cremated remains, along with those of his wife, Barbara, will be placed in the columbarium at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to All Saints Episcopal Church, Trinity Valley School, attn: Fielding Clayton Memorial Award or the
. Irvin Clayton was born Feb. 7, 1926, in Fort Worth, the son of Charles Fielding Clayton, M.D., and Maxine Erwin Clayton. After graduating from R.L. Paschal High School, he entered Kemper Military School, remaining there until called into the U.S. Army
in 1944. He proudly served his country during World War II
with the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe. After being discharged from the service, he attended Texas Christian University, receiving a B.S. degree in 1948. He went on to medical school at Tulane
University earning an M.D. in 1952. Following graduation he took an additional five years of training in orthopedic surgery and then returned to Fort Worth and entered private practice with his father. After 40 years he retired from practice. Dr. Clayton's medical memberships included TCMC Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas Orthopedic Association and American Medical Association. He was also a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. A loving husband and adoring father to his four children, he enjoyed hunting, playing cards and entertaining, especially at the family farm. The 4th of July was his favorite holiday where he could set off his spectacular "Display Fireworks" obtained with his pyrotechnic license. He could always be counted on for a good joke or a slightly risque limerick. He was an avid reader, particularly on the Civil War, World War II and all things political. He was very active in his church where he served on the vestry and later served on a search committee for a new rector. Most of all, he loved and was very proud of his family. We, in turn, loved him and will miss him dearly. The family wishes to give special thanks to his dedicated and loving caregivers, Johnnie Jackson and Hermes and Naomi Escobar, as well as Comfort Keepers - Jennifer, Denise and Teresa, and Vitas Hospice. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 34 years, Barbara McEwen Clayton; daughter, Mary Fielding Clayton; an infant son; sister, Joyce Phillips; and brother, Fielding Clayton. Survivors: In addition to his children, Elizabeth Clayton Stringer and husband, Hank, Jack Clayton and wife, Patricia, and Margaret Clayton Shouse and husband, Clint, Dr. Clayton is survived by his grandchildren, Ryman, Jack, Sara, Adam, Clay and Mary; sister, Carmen Palmer; Barbara's children, David Krausse and Jean Krausse, Susan Paisley and husband, Doug, and Carolyn Favre-Bulle; stepgrandchildren, Matthew, Katherine, Jason, Scott, Daniel and Magdalene; and nieces and nephews and their families.