Eugene Rawson Clay, 94, of Provo, passed away Monday, June 27, 2022. He was born May 14, 1928 in Bountiful, Utah, to Richard Van Clay and Zora LaVon Rawson Clay. His mother died when he was two years old after giving birth to his younger brother, Richard. His father then married, Iva Virginia Rawson, who died in childbirth along with her son. His father married again to Edith Cheney who raised the two boys and added Marilyn and Edwin to the growing family.
Eugene joined the Navy in 1946. While stationed in Chicago, Illinois, he attended a local church dance where he first met Betty Louise Young. They fell in love and were married on September 4, 1948. Two days later, they traveled by train to Utah where they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on September 29, 1948. She preceded him in death on August 16, 1991.
Eugene’s Navy service paid for him to attend college where he earned an MBA from the University of Utah. He spent most of his career working for US Steel as an accountant. After retiring from US Steel, he worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a regional employment specialist in Atlanta, Georgia.
After Betty’s passing, Eugene married Mildred Martineau on May 9, 1992. They served a mission in Trinidad and Tobago. After ten years of marriage, Mildred passed away on November 27,2002. Eugene then married Gayle Maxfield on May 31, 2003. They served a mission in the church offices for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. After nearly 19 years of marriage, Gayle preceded him in death on April 26, 2022.
Eugene is survived by his children Val Clay (Judy) of Lawson, MO, Reed Clay (Kathy) of Cumming, GA, Diane Upchurch (John) of Ra- leigh, NC, and Kent Clay (Terilyn) of Charlotte, NC. Eugene was preceded in death by his daughter Elaine Smith (Greg) of So. Jordan, Utah and an infant daughter, Susan. Also surviving is his sister Marilyn Anderson (Fred) of Centerville, Utah and brother Edwin Clay of Nibley, Utah. To date, he has 27 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild.
A viewing will be held on Saturday, July 16th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, followed by a family gathering of stories and eulogy.
Sundberg-Olpin & Wheeler
495 South State Street, Orem, Utah 84058 (801) 225-1530
Graveside services and grave dedication along with a eulogy will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 10:00 am.
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home & Peachtree Memorial Park
5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, Georgia 30071
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