Clay Reed Atwood, age 60, passed away in Price, Utah, on February 21, 2016.
He was born on August 1, 1955, in Salt Lake City to Von Reed Atwood and Juanita Joy Winder Atwood. He was raised in Moab and graduated from Grand County High School. He was sealed to Deanna K. Walker on March 22, 1974, and they had five children. After a few moves, they resided in Springville, Utah, where they raised their children.
Clay was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His service to others went far beyond his church callings. He was a man of service who never hesitated to help when called upon. He was a scout master at the age of 18 and devoted much of his life to scouting. He completed his ticket for Wood Badge Training and also received the On My Honor Adult Recognition Award. He remained true to his love of scouting and worked hard with his sons to see that they earned their Life and Eagle Scout awards. In his final days, he took pride in working with his youngest son, Jim, on Jim’s ambitious Eagle Scout project.
He used his skills to excel in welding and steel fabricating. He became a Certified Welder and a Quality Control Technician. He was a man of honor and would not compromise his standards or integrity. In 1994, his marriage to Deanna ended. On January 14, 1995, he married Jo Ellen Harris and they were sealed together in the Provo Temple on April 6, 1996. Izora Kay and Jim Clay were later sealed to Clay and Jo Ellen. Clay and Jo lived in Moab for a few years then made their home in Price. He was a very unique man who loved his family dearly.
Clay is survived by his wife Jo Ellen; his children Melvin (Sherry) Atwood, KayDe Lyn Everett, Mark L (Janiece) Atwood, Matthew (Julie) Atwood, Micah E (Penny) Atwood and Jim Clay Atwood; and 19 grandchildren. Clay is also survived by his parents Von Reed and Juanita Joy Winder Atwood and his siblings Jeff (Barbara) Atwood, Kathy (Steve) Spring, Janice (Kim) Waggoner, Diane (Frank) Niepraschk, Lynn (Deanne) Atwood, Karen (Roy) Phillips, Troy (Pam) Atwood, Colleen (Matt) McGann, Kayla (David) Jaburek and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law Izora Kay (Dwayne) Wallberg and brother-in-law Roland Phillips.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 25, at 10 a.m. at the Wellington 1st Ward Chapel at 50 N. 100 East. A viewing will also be held prior to the service.
Interment will be later that day at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery at 2651 Spanish Valley Drive in Moab. Funeral services are entrusted to Fausett Mortuary of Price. Friends and family may visit the online guest book and share memories of Clay at www.fausettmortuary.com.