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Earl William Clayton

1932 - 2015

Earl William Clayton, Jr, 83, of Goleta, CA, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015. Earl was born in Cedar Vale, KS, May 15, 1932. He moved to Arkansas City, KS, as a child where he lived during his younger years, attended the local high school and the Cowley County Community Junior College.

In 1952 he joined the Air Force and served in Korea working as an announcer for the Armed Forces Radio Network. After the service he worked as a radio newscaster and sports announcer for various stations in Arkansas City, Phoenix and then lastly in Denver where he doubled as the announcer for the University of Colorado Buffalos football team. While working in Denver as “The Voice of the Intermountain Radio Network” he became acquainted with U.S. Senator William Armstrong who was at that time running for his first term inCongress and his career took a turn. Earl served as his Press Secretary in Washington D.C. during then Rep. Armstrong’s first two terms in the US House of Representatives. Earl subsequently decided to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he was the anchorman for the Agriculture Update morning show. In 1981 he joined the U.S. Forest Service as Public Information officer for the Los Padres National Forest in Goleta, CA where he served until his retirement in 1994.

Earl was delighted and honored to marry Susan Barnhart Hatfield in 1982 by the Chaplain of the United States Senate and immediately moved her to Goleta, CA where they have lived ever since. Earl could not believe his good fortune to live in the Santa Barbara area where after his retirement he pursued his passion for golf and was able to play almost every day of the year for nearly two decades. His intelligence, dedication to golf, passion for politics and the ability to tell a joke for any occasion will be remembered by most; but it is “The Voice”, now stilled, that will be remembered fondly and missed perhaps the most by his family.

Earl is survived by his wife of 33 years, Susan; his daughter Kristyn Clayton and her children, Dani, Kevin, David and Teresa; his son, Kent Clayton and wife Junko and their daughter, Sara; his step son Jeff Hatfield and wife Jeanette and their daughters, Cassidy and Emily.

A memorial service will be held 2 PM. Saturday, October 24, at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Rd., Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, lewybodydemetia.org.

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