Clayton "Clay" Samuel Tully
1998 ~ 2016
Clayton "Clay" Samuel Tully, 17, of Meridian, Idaho, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016, from injuries received in a vehicle accident.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, June 3, 2016, at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra, south of Overland, off of Meridian Kuna Hwy in Meridian. Pastor Roy Williams will be officiating. Burial will follow the funeral at Meridian Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at Heroes Park, 3064 W. Malta Dr. (off Ten Mile between McMillan and Chinden). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home. Remembrances may be left for the family online at www.AccentFuneral.com
Clay was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise on August 19, 1998. He had just graduated from Meridian High School. Clay had been accepted by Universal Technical Institute and was to enroll in September in their diesel mechanic program.
Clay was only 17, but he lived a full, adventurous life. From the time Clay could walk, he enjoyed being outdoors – and there was not a puddle he did not go out of his way to go through! Clay spent many weekends in Hells Canyon jetboating with his grandparents, fishing for bass, steelhead, and sturgeon, swimming in the river, jumping off of rocks and learning to tie knots. And because that was Clay's world, he thought it was everyone's world. He could not understand how his kindergarten teacher did not know where Hells Canyon Dam was. As he got a little older and told "fish" stories, his grandfather had to e-mail a picture to one of his teachers who did not believe the size of the sturgeon Clay was telling her about. Clay felt most complete when he was outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, jetboating, hunting, crossing through deep water in his Dodge pickup truck (Mopar or no car), muddin', and driving on dirt roads. He was an Idaho boy and he enjoyed all that living in Idaho offered to him. He was an avid hunter – ducks, geese, turkey, deer, and elk – oh, and whistle pigs and rabbits.
Clay enjoyed taking things apart and rarely putting things back together. He would absolutely do anything for anyone who needed help. He enjoyed working on his own truck, his friend's trucks, wiring lights, sound systems, building speakers, you name it … he liked to figure things out and always had some project going on in the garage – or driveway!
Clay got his first job at age 14 working construction as a top-hand and had just hired on with Titanium Construction and was excited to be starting a new job on Tuesday following the Memorial weekend.
Clay was a sensitive, caring, humble, yet confident, young man. He was humorous and, if you knew Clay, you know how easily he could make you laugh with simply spoken words. No matter where Clay's travels took him, as soon as he reached cell phone service, he called or texted his mom. He was a momma's boy, his father's hunting buddy, his sister's protector. He was many things to each of us and we hope when you remember Clay, you remember him fondly.
Clay is survived by his parents: Mick and Andrea Tully; sister, Michayla; paternal grandparents: Jim and Stacie Tully; great grandfather, Jimmy James; maternal grandparents: Gilbert and Lynn Tuning; great grandparents: Clayton and Sandy Bryant; Glenda and Walt Rost; aunts and uncles: Jason and Gena Tully, Aaron and Denia Amick, Amanda and Jason Hoodenpyle; cousins: Sydney Benfer, Shannon and Shawn Tully, Abigail and Ashlynn Hoodenpyle and extended aunts, uncles and cousins. Clay was preceded in death by his paternal great grandparents: Jim and Betty Tully and Laverne James.
Those who knew Clay, knew he was never about being fancy. We would like to honor him by asking all who attend to wear either a plaid button up shirt or camouflage. We know Clay will be very happy to see that.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Clay Tully Memorial at Wells Fargo Bank. The family of Clay wishes to thank the "boys" that were there that called for help, the first responders to the scene of the accident, and Accent Funeral Home.
Published by Idaho Statesman on Jun. 2, 2016.