Pat was born Jan. 23, 1954, to Jerrold and Anna "Dutch" (Nickles) Clayton, at Chariton. In the mid 1960s, he moved with his family to Sioux City where he attended Central High School. On Jan. 25, 1972, he entered the U. S. Air Force and was honorably discharged Jan. 23, 1976.
In the late 1970s he married Debbie Davis in California. They moved to Rochelle, Ill., where they had a son, David William Patrick Clayton.
On Dec. 18, 1984, Pat married LuAnn Stoll at Greenfield. They made their home at Orient, Iowa. She previously had two children, Greg Sheeder and Claires Sheeder. They had two children together, a daughter Trishanna, and in 1994 they moved to Storm Lake, where a son, Paul Thomas II, was born. Pat moved to Remsen in 2004.
He enjoyed working with his hands and was an artist at concrete work. He enjoyed working with Kevin and Joe Mouser at Mouser Digging and Pump in Remsen.
He lived his life by this quote "Live life to love and love life to live."
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Jerrold and Virginia Clayton, of Bloomington, Ill.; two sons and a daughter, David Clayton, of California City, Calif., Trishanna and her husband Travis Sevier, of Orient, and Paul Clayton, of Iowa; two stepchildren, Greg and his wife Tammy Sheeder of Orient, and Claires and her husband Paul Shimer, of Creston; five grandchildren; two sisters and their husbands, Jeri and David Beckmann, of Johnston, and Connie and Lonnie Gries, of Le Mars; a brother, Mike and his wife Donna Clayton, of Winterset; numerous nieces and nephews; and dearest friends, Kevin, Malia and Joe Mouser of Remsen.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Louise Clayton; maternal grandparents, George and Coyna Nickles; and paternal grandparents, Paul "Pat" and Charlotte Clayton.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday from the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen with the Rev. William McCarthy officiating. Military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 3328 and American Legion Post 220 of Remsen. Friends may call anytime from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday. Interment will be at a later date in Corydon Cemetery at Corydon.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.