In Memory

Darwin Clayton - Class Of 1962

Born Oct 8, 1944 Died feb 18-2007 DARWIN S. CLAYTON JR. October 8, 1944 - February 18, 2007 Darwin's leukemia battle ended on Sunday, February 18, 2007. He passed peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones after receiving the finest care imaginable by the Stanford Bone Marrow Transplant Team. Darwin remained optimistic and confident throughout his course of treatment and was especially comforted by the faithful 24-hour care of his loving wife of 20 years, Beverly. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Darlene (Sandy) and Chuck Kelly; niece, Tamie Kelly, son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Theresa Isaacs; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Karen Isaacs; son, Eric Sutherland; daughter, Jennifer Mauldin; five granddaughters, Stephanie Brown, Melissa Grant, Alyson Isaacs, Haley Isaacs, and Alicia Mauldin; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Grant, and numerous nieces, nephews. We will miss many things about Darwin. It gave Darwin great pleasure to take Beverly and their family frequently to Maui leaving them with lasting memories of enjoying its tropical beauty, recreational activities and entertainment, and feasting on its culinary delights. We will miss his passion for the whole Hawaiian experience. Characteristically, Darwin lavished gifts on his many nieces, nephews, and especially on his precious granddaughters. He certainly had a knack for picking out the perfect toy or sport memorabilia that would thrill each child. We will miss his ability to show generosity. How Darwin enjoyed taking the family little ones to Disneyland, enjoying it himself with childlike wonder! We will miss his ability to treat children like real people! The San Francisco 49ers lost one of its most dedicated fans and his loss will definitely be felt by those he often invited to join him in his day-long tailgate parties at Candlestick Park. Darwin had amazing recall of all facts pertaining to 49er game statistics. We will miss his ability to show team loyalty. Darwin loved animals in general, having treasured family pets throughout the years. He had amazing interest in backyard creatures and it was heart-warming to watch him lovingly care for those little visitors most of us simply ignore. Only the finest Diamond walnuts were given to those squirrels in his tender care. We will miss his ability to take time out to appreciate and care for nature. Through commitment and dedication Darwin built the Clayton's Pest Control family business. He truly cared about meeting the needs of his customers and spent countless hours planning and organizing his day to accommodate each one. We will miss his energy and enthusiasm. Darwin loved the community of Pleasanton which he called home for 40 years and leaves behind many lifelong relationships. We will miss his allegiance to friends. So, whatever aspect of Darwin's life you were a part of, our family would like to invite you to join us in a celebration of that part. We will be hosting a day-long Hawaiian Luau/49er Tailgate party in the Spring, April 14th, in Darwin's backyard celebrating the things he loved most. GRAHAM-HITCH MORTUARY 4167 First Street Pleasanton, CA 94566 925-846-5624

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09/29/08 12:21 AM #1    

Candy (Linda) Peace (1962)

Mel Santos let me know about Darwin's passing last year.
Darwin was a great friend whom I'd known since Grover
Cleveland Grammar School. He was one of the few fellas
allowed to come over whenever he wished just to hang out.
(Dad was strict and Mom was worse, but they both loved
Darwin.) It was such fun seeing him at the 40-yr reunion, and that's the way I'll remember him.

Bye for now, dear friend.

09/09/10 11:15 PM #2    

Darlene Clayton (Kelly) (1964)

Just found about this link, Darwin was a person who loved life, his family and his friends. Once you made friends with Darwin you were a friend for life. He would stop by just to say hi and 1hr later is was still there.

He loved all sports the 49er, and the horses, one dollar would get you three. When the fair was in town Darwin was at the track. Does anyone know his bookmaker?

Darwin is missed everyday,by friends and family, see you again one day.

                                                love, me

                                                     your sister


07/04/12 01:07 AM #3    

Noel Lubker (Mumford) (1964)

I really became friends with Darwin well into adult life, though I always recognized him at school.  It started with the 30 year plus reunion for the classes of 1962, 63 and 64, which I helped to organize along with a "reunion company."  After that, Darwin decided to hold another reunion, better and cheaper ;-)  I turned over all the class lists to him with a hearty good luck gesture.  Well, we consulted many, many times after that, became email buddies (with his wife Beverly, too) and lo and behold, he put on a great reunion, with Jimmy Bedford performing, that was more personal and much better catered.  We remained friends throughout his illness, and I never thought for a minute that he might lose the battle, he was so optimistic and a great fighter.  I was not able to attend his memorial, which I have always regretted, but his friendliness and optimism will live on with me, as well as with countless others.  A life well lived is one that well impacts the lives of others.  That was Darwin to a T.

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