James Harry Clayton (Harry)
October 18, 1930 - July 1, 2011
Harry was born Oct. 18, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Richard Earl Clayton and Mabel Mills. Harry went to be with Our Lord on July 1, 2011.
The highlight of his life was the day he married what would become his lifelong sweetheart, Mary Louise Torrence, on Dec. 3, 1951, in the Nazarene Church of Walla Walla.
As a young man of 15, Harry began working for Ivan Berry at Berry Electric. He told the story that as a young teenager he loved to hang out daily watching Ivan Berry work. Finally, Ivan said "since you're
here everyday, I guess I'll have to put you to work" starting Harry's career as an electrician.
In 1955, Harry and his growing family moved to College Place and started Hi-Way Electric and began building their current home. He also worked with Lorraine Davis of College Place Heating and Air Conditioning, now run by his son Dennis. Harry was a man of many talents and was able to build and repair almost anything. He remodeled a step van milk truck into a home away from home, taking the family throughout the Northwest camping, fishing and trail bike riding. Ever the adventurer, he and his wife raced cars, rafted, canoed, snowmobiled, hang-glided, flew ultralight aircraft, water and snow skied among other things. In later years, he and his wife traveled extensively by motorcycle to many rallies including Sturgis.
His parents and a sister, Shirley Ann Clayton, preceded Harry in death. Harry is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Clayton; three daughters, Karen June Suchodolski her husband, William, of Toledo, Ore.; Rhonda Lorraine Luthy her husband, Steve, of Portland; Janet Marie Clayton of Walla Walla; five grandsons and four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; sisters: Myrtle Parent of Walla Walla; M. Joann Graham of Salem; half-brothers, Richard Ray and Robert Kennedy Claytor; and a half-sister, Edith Vesty of Oregon.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the College Place Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Skip Pritchard officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wasser House through the funeral home.