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Justin Lee Clayton

Justin Lee Clayton was born on March 4, 1980. From the beginning, Justin seemed to grow up so fast. I always thought that it was because he had two older brothers to keep up with. Looking back now, I wonder if Justin knew somehow that he had a lot of living to do in a short time. Justin died March 25, 2001 in a single-person car accident. He was 21 years, 21 days old and had $21 in his pocket. At the time of his death, Justin was a junior at the University of Iowa working on a double major in biology and psychology. He had just received his coaching certification and planned to coach baseball for the West Branch Bears.

  • Son of Jerry and Lynn Clayton, brother to Jason and Jeremy
  • Uncle to Tyler, Kyle, Ellie, Abbie, Max and McKinley
  • 1998 Graduate of West Branch High School
  • Avid participant in baseball, basketball, golf, choir and school musicals
  • Member of National Honor Society
  • Dean’s Scholar at the University of Iowa
  • Nickname – Gipper

Justin’s Loves:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Playing the piano – especially “November Rain”
  • Singing
  • Cherry pie, Mom’s spaghetti & meatballs
  • Excelling in school
  • Playing baseball
  • Listening to music – Guns n’ Roses, Bush, Metallica, Seven Mary Three
  • Playing poker
  • Attending concerts or ballgames with his buddies
  • The Chicago Cubs – especially Andre Dawson
  • The Chicago Bears – especially Walter Payton
  • His ferrets – Walter and The Dude

What we’ll always remember about Justin:

  • His smile
  • His sense of humor
  • His loving and giving spirit
  • His intelligence, strong work ethic and creativity
  • His ability to give “his all” no matter what he did
  • His daily commitment to be a great son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend

Justin has been gone almost 14 years and there is not a day that goes by that we don’t think about him. We have connected with so many wonderful people through The Compassionate Friends, and they have all positively impacted our lives in ways we could not have imagined. With their care and support, we have learned to heal from the terrible loss of losing a child. We truly do not walk alone.

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