Brian John Clayton
1960 - 2020
Brian John Clayton, 59, passed away on December 12, 2020.

Brian was born on December 28, 1960 to Donald and Maria Clayton. He was the proud Class President for Las Vegas High School's Class of 1978. Brian has maintained many friendships from high school and participated in the LVHS Alumni Reunion Committee for his class. He played soccer at UNLV and continued to play recreationally throughout his life.

Brian shared a true gift of connecting with people during his 25 years working at the California Hotel & Casino which was followed by his 10 years working at The Mirage. Brian owned a 7-Eleven and loved getting to know the community which his convenience store served. For nearly 20 years, he volunteered as an assistant coach for the Silverado High School girls soccer team. Our most favorite memories of Brian always surround his passion for bringing people together - he treasured family gatherings of any sort, his annual luau party and Jimmy Buffett concerts. He loved the beach (especially the Bahamas), black coffee, European soccer and any crazy adventure which came his way.

Brian is survived by his wife, Patty Clayton, whom he married in 2006, along with his two older brothers, Rick (Linda) Clayton and Dale (Lori) Clayton and many extended family members. Brian is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Maria Clayton.

Left to carry on Brian's memory are his children Erin (Christopher) Kuhl of Waukee, IA, Amanda (Matthew) Jaramillo of Henderson, NV, Nicholas (Samantha) Clayton of Helotes, TX, Kyle (Amanda) Packett of Nipomo, CA and Cortney (Dean) Irvin of Denver, CO. His absolute proudest love and joy were his ten grandchildren - Amelia, Peter, Aiden, Peyton, Quinn, Piper, Levi, Avery, Brooks and Kassidy - who will miss their beloved Papa more than anything in the world.

Our family would like to express our deepest thanks to the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly during Brian's battle with cancer. We are humbled by the kindness, encouragement and prayers from our family and friends. Everywhere we turn we are met with stories from those who were touched in some way by Brian's friendship, compassion, humor and love.

So that his life and legacy can be captured and shared with his young grandchildren, we would love to hear from you and receive photos and memories which you have of Brian via email to [email protected] Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Services will be private.
Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Dec. 15, 2020.
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I was very saddened to read this news about Brian. I apologize in advance that this is so long, but out of the blue, I started thinking about him today, even though I haven´t seen him since I was probably 11 years old. So I did some searching online. My name is Mark Dirks. Brian was probably my first real friend. We lived at 2000 E Mesquite, across the street and a few doors down. We spent quite a bit of time at each other´s houses, playing in the backyards, football in the street, riding bikes, hitting the 7-11 for slurpees in baseball cups, doing lemonade stands, collecting sports cards, sleeping out and just goofing off together as kids did. My parents were Ken & Zona Dirks and my brothers Dereck and Brandon lived there too. Hopefully you remember us. I added another brother and sister after we moved. I was thinking about this game that Brian and I used to play where we pitched to each other, like we were pitching a real game - one was a pitcher, the other was a catcher. The catcher would call balls and strikes and we would work really hard to make great pitches and not walk anyone. I remember Ricky and Dale because Ricky would "watch" us once in a while and we still talk about a story he used to tell about a Hipporiparus or something like that. I believe Ricky would go fishing with us once in a while too. It was a good childhood on that block. We played outside until dark, rode bikes and were able to be kids. Pat Pearns lived on that block too and he passed away recently too. Seems like a blink. Fond memories of Brian and may he RIP. I will dig up a photo and post it sometime. We moved from Mesquite to out in the desert (on the other side of the airport) in 1971, then to Lincoln NE in 1972, then to Hickory NC in 1974. I now live in Greensboro NC.
Mark Dirks
June 10, 2021
Many great memories at LVHS shared during high school because of Brian. He was always the person that came over to say hi and wanted everyone to be welcomed . My sincere condolences to his family during this time. May we always remember he kind and gracious Heart and the difference he made.
Jodie Minkin(Watson)
January 28, 2021
My deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss. Brian was a great classmate. He was always nice to everyone, always with a smile and warm hello, even in high school. He was a terrific person. He will be missed. I pray that God gives you peace and comfort in knowing that Brian is now at peace.
Connie Fernandez Kershaw
January 23, 2021
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I went to high school with Bryan, we both ran track. He was a good person.
Teresa Kreiter
January 20, 2021
Brian family and my family were neighbors when we all lived in Rancho Las Palmas. Are children we´re friends. We did many Bar-b-que at Brian´s home. I am sadden to see such a great man who served so many and enjoyed life to the fullest have to have his Eternal transfer to heaven so young. I will always remember his laughter and joy of family and friends. My deepest sympathy to his children and all who shared beloved time w/ him. He will be missed. Ginger Turner
Ginger Turner
December 27, 2020
I worked for Brian and his brother Dale for many years Brian was a funny loving caring man I will be praying for his whole family to absent from the body is to be present with the Lord my heart goes out to you all
December 21, 2020
William Glassman
December 21, 2020
William Glassman
December 21, 2020
Love you forever Brian. You were always there for me and always had amazing advice. Thank for being such a great friend and person. Will miss you dearly.
William Glassman
December 21, 2020
My deepest condolences to the Clayton family and to Brian's many friends. Rest In Peace, good man.
Louis Lavietes
December 20, 2020
I offer my prayers for God's strength & comfort for Brian's very much LOVED Ones. Your loss is without the proper words. Brian was blessed with an extraordinarily optimistic spirit & we've all been blessed by it! I never knew He was battling Cancer. That's a Testament to His Spirit! Good-bye Brian...
Kimberly Cherry Martinez
December 20, 2020
So sorry to hear of Brian´s passing. I got to see him at our 40th reunion and he still had the great smile. Rest In Peace my fellow Wildcat. Las Vegas High class of 1978.
Donna Gamble
December 19, 2020
Brian was my friend n neighbor one day my sons went to the Clayton’s to play they were 4 n 7 in 10 minutes my 4 year old comes home said he couldn’t play I call Brian who tells me he was using curse words n of course i understood n we laughed R I P Brian love n hugs to the Clayton family
William O’Day
December 17, 2020
Brian will certainly be missed behind the goal at UNLV Soccer games. Rest in Peace my friend!
Tony Allotta
December 17, 2020
Brian had a unique way of bringing joy and happiness to people around him. He was always able to make things better from home improvements to backyard BBQs to the children and grandchildren that meant so much to him. Brian will be deeply missed. He made this world a brighter place. May his legacy live on with those that love him.
Pamela Schaefer
December 17, 2020
I am so very sorry for your family´s loss. I worked at the Mirage and had the pleasure of getting to talk to Brian on a daily basis as I arrived to work. There was never a day that he didn´t greet me, even if he was helping a guest, he would still smile and wave. I so enjoyed chatting with him. Praying for peace and comfort to his entire family. Rest In Peace, Brian.
December 16, 2020
I did not know Brian, But I knew his Parents, Maria and Don from the German American club.
And a long long time ago, there was a Soccer match, where Brian was playing, at the Highschool at Eastern and Karen. Of course Maria + Don were there, And some people from the German American club, including meyself. And I remember us shouting BRIAN CLAYTON, BRIAN CLAYTON many times. I hope this will bring a little smile on your faces.
BRIAN, I know, is resting peaceful in his Mothers and Fathers Arms.
Agnes Boettger
December 16, 2020
Dear Patty and family I am so sorry for your loss, but know that losing Brian is truly all of our loss! He was the most amazing man I’ve ever met, a perfect gentleman, I will never forget how he always had to open the car door, A kind soul, and always had an infectious smile!
Brian is the type of person that will never be forgotten he left us with so many memories to keep his soul alive. Patty I hope soon we will be able to get together and share many of those memories. I feel at ease knowing that he is in a better place free of pain and suffering and probably playing with my Daisy up in heaven hopefully she doesn’t run away from you this time my friend!
To you Patty know that I’m here for you whenever you need me and to the rest of the Clayton clan my deepest condolences.
RIP my friend, know that you will always be loved and never forgotten.
Alicia P
Alicia Pasko
December 16, 2020
Patty and family, we were so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. We have fond memories of spending time with you and your family when in Vegas. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, especially during this holiday season. Blessings,
Polly (Pam Wagner's sister)
Polly Pastoors Osman (Pam Wagner's sister)
December 15, 2020
Hands down, the best Bacon Cowboy we’ve ever met!
Ryan & Annette McCarthy
December 15, 2020
Brian was always so kind to me growing up with his son Nick. Nick and I have been close for nearly 16 years now and I cannot remember a time that I entered Brian’s house and wasn’t greeted with a kind smile or classic dad joke from him. I want to send my love and condolences to the entire Clayton family, Brian will be sorely missed!
Chase Eyre
December 15, 2020
I am so sad to hear of Brian's passing. I worked with him for the 10 years he was at the Mirage. He was the most selfless, happy and positive person I have ever known. I will truly miss our conversations and his humor.
Mark M. Hardy
December 15, 2020
May all his memories bring his family and friends great joy .. what a great guy .. so glad I had the opportunity to know and work with him.
Stacey Noble
December 15, 2020
Brian, I know you are now resting in peace. You will be missed. We worked together for years at the Cal and you always made me laugh. You were a beautiful soul and I wish you and your family all of God’s blessings.
Frank Casullo
December 15, 2020
Dixie Harder
December 15, 2020
During our few days in Las Vegas while there for Christopher and Erin’s wedding, I thought, and I told several people, that Brian and I really “connected.” Through the years of our friendship I realize it wasn’t me at all. Brian connected with EVeryone. His passion for going “all in” on getting to know people, pleasing people and having a good time was infectious and a lesson for all of us on how to live life. I will miss Brian, he will be missed by many.
Gary Kuhl
December 15, 2020
We are so truly sorry to hear about our friends loss,but Heavens Gain. Our love goes out to the Clayton Family at this time. John and Laurie Rivera Family.
John and Laurie Rivera
December 15, 2020
Brian had a way to always make your day better. It could be a funny story or just his smile that would light up the room. He loved family, friends, and life with all his heart. He will be missed by many.
Kim Krauss
December 15, 2020
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