CLAYTON BRUCE GASKILL passed away Tuesday February 23, 2010 from acute myeloid leukemia.He was born July 19th, 1954 to Jewel E. (Schulz) (dec.) and Lorenzo M. Gaskill, Jr. in Houston, Texas. He is survived by parents Billie Ruth (Ballard) and Lorenzo M. Gaskill, Jr., daughter Stefanie, Stefanie's mother Maritza Mayer, brother Lorenzo E. (Lee) and sister-in-law Melinda Gaskill.He attended Garden Villas Elementary, Albert Thomas Middle and graduated from Ross Sterling High School of Houston in 1972. Clayton earned a BA from the University of Houston in 1981.Clayton career in the film industry as camera assistant included commercial films, training films, commercials, and on the sidelines for Houston Texans home games for NFL Films. His love of photography continued from work to pleasure - where a camera was seldom far away.Clayton had a life long interest in Marksmanship, starting with Saturday morning trips to a shooting range, continuing with many trips to the woods to practice or just enjoy the quiet of the forest. Clayton enjoyed the history and artistry of firearms, being a 25 plus year member of the National Rifle Association and the Houston Gun Collectors Association.Clayton was very involved with his daughter's life. He enjoyed watching his daughter play soccer over several years and several conferences. He and Stefanie raised turtles, rescued them from car injuries and had 30 or more of all ages at any one time.Clayton's proudest moment was seeing his daughter Stefanie graduate from United States Military Academy at West Point and be commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He enjoyed West Point, visiting as often as possible. He felt better about our country's future seeing the quality of young people who attended.A memorial service is to be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Houston TX 77027 at 4 pm, Saturday, February 27th, 2010.In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to West Point Pistol Team c/o US Association of Graduates at http://www.usma.edu/dmi/cwt_sponsorship.htm, or to HCGA P.O. 741427, Houston, TX, 77274-1429.Pace Funeral Home200 FM 350 North Rd.Livingston, TX 77351www.pacefuneral.com
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2010