Edward Vincent “Vince” Clayton

Edward Vincent “Vince” Clayton, our caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 8, 2019 in St. George, UT at the age of 76.

Vince was born on December 9, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA to Edward Clayton and Beth Ross Clayton. When Vince was seven his family moved to Salt Lake City where most of his childhood memories were made. Vince graduated from Granite High School and after graduation served in the Army Reserves. Following this, he was called to serve as an LDS Missionary in the Northern Mexican Mission during which he served as the 2nd Counselor to the Mission President. During the two years Vince was in Mexico he grew five inches and returned a different man. Upon returning home, Vince attended the University of Utah, graduating in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree and then continued on to receive his MBA. During his time at University of Utah, his best friend set him up on a blind date with  Janet Nielsen. Vince and Janet dated and married on September 1, 1965.

After graduation, Vince and his growing family remained in Salt Lake City where he worked for Christensen Diamond. In 1972, Vince was offered a job with Proswood which began his life’s work in the building and real estate business. In 1987, he went to work for Defazio & Associates in Dover, NJ where he continued to use his vast knowledge and experience in the building industry. In 1992, the family returned to Utah, this time finding themselves in St George. For the next 24 years, Vince worked for Ence Homes, where he played an integral role in the success of an existing building company continuing on as an experienced and knowledgeable asset to assist the new owners in the successful expansion of the company.  His area of expertise was in land acquisition and real estate and he loved his job. He worked as long as his body would allow, until finally retiring in 2017.

Vince was an accomplished fisherman who taught all of his children to fish. Tending to his fruits and vegetables in his garden, no matter the size, was one of his most rewarding pastimes. Vince loved to have fun and to tell stories about anything. He was a humble and happy person who could and would talk to anyone. He was not afraid to be silly and once won a free chicken meal by doing the best chicken dance in the deli section of his local supermarket.

He was a dedicated father and priesthood magnifier who loved the scriptures and created a wealth of gospel writings and insight that he shared with his gospel doctrine classes and priesthood quorums. He was an active and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many offices and callings including Bishop of the Union 18th Ward in the Willow Creek Stake in Sandy, Utah. Vince loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and was a natural teacher who shared his testimony of Jesus Christ freely and with conviction.

Vince lived for his wife Janet who was his greatest joy. Together they raised their 5 children and later welcomed three of their grandsons into their home and continued to raise them for the next nine years. Because of these tremendous blessings, Vince fulfilled his greatest mission as a husband and father. He is remembered as a fun and loving father who always had time for his children. He took his children sledding, fishing and camping. He was a priesthood leader in their home and taught his children the love of Christ through word and deed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janet. His five children, Darin Clayton, Christina Christiansen (Keith) of Farmington, Heather Lewis of St. George, Kesler Clayton of St. George and Allyson Smith of St. George. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, his sister Kathy Turner (Don) of Moses Lake, WA and brother Dwight Clayton (Leta) of Montana. He is preceded in death by both his parents and his brother Ross Clayton.

A funeral begins at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Spilsbury Mortuary located at 110 South Bluff Street in St. George, UT. A Viewing will be held on Friday evening, August 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 at the mortuary and again at 9:30 Saturday morning before the funeral.

Friends and family are invited to sign Vince’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



6:00-8:00 pm

Second Visitation

9:30-10:30 am


11:00 am


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


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17 Responses

  1. Vince was a great man, and I feel blessed to have known him as a business associate, but most of all as a friend. He was so kind to everyone and a great leader. My brothers and I have learned so much over the years from Vince, and I am so thankful I was able to work with him for so many years. I have never met another person that was so spiritual, and we at Ence Homes will miss him very much.

  2. Vince was one of my favorite big brothers. He was always there for me even though I was quite a pest when I was younger. He was an amazing father, son, grandfather and brother. He loved his family and especially his Savior. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his entire life. He loved teaching the gospel and sharing it through teaching. I’ll miss you big brother. We didn’t see each other very often after I moved away from Utah but I always knew you were there if I needed you.
    Love, Kathy

  3. Our love goes out to you, Janet, and your family. I have thought about you so much since Vince’s passing and would like to lift some of your pain but know the Holy Ghost will comfort you. It sounds like you have a wonderful family and support. Lots of love, Maxine

  4. The man that taught me alot while working for him in Mesquite Nv
    Thank you
    You will be missed Vince I love you till we meet again

  5. Our deepest sympathy at the loss of a wonderful man. Vince served as our Bishop in the Sandy Willow Creek area. Dean served as a counselor to him. We have the greatest admiration for this intelligent, kind man. We love you family members. Take care of your Mom, she has always been equal to your Dad. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. We were glad to know Vince. He always made the effort to do good works. Our prayers for you and your family. Bob and Mary Jo Hancock

  7. We remember Vince as a young man, living on 13th East, when his sister, Kathy, would care for our children.
    Love to the family, especially Kathy and Don. Joan and Byron Fisher, SLC.

  8. I didn’t know Vince , but I did know and love his mother. His mother and my dad were cousins. My dad was Dale Ross Ogden. My grandma was Beth’s dad’s sister I love your Ross family
    Thinking of you at this time.

  9. Our family has fond memories of Vince and his family. We wish the years hadn’t let us go so long without contact. We wish you the best, Janet.
    Wes and Carol Wilson

  10. We were so sorry to hear of Vince’s passing Janet. We’re glad you have your sweet children around you and all of your memories. How grateful we are for the knowledge of eternal families. We will remember you all in our prayers.

  11. Vince was wonderful Man… remember going to his house in Sandy having that big huge swings in their backyard and the play house that I learned how to slide down the pole I conquered my fear. Vince was a kind and gentle man he loved everyone. Going down into the basement and watching movies and playing in their basement with their ball game that they had downstairs… I remember living in St. George and going over to Vince and Janets house and swimming in their pool also and I got sunburned very very badly… he always had good advice. I love uncle Vince so much. Until we meet again.. prayers and condolences are with the family we love you also…

  12. What fond memories we have of Vince and the Clayton family, living on 1300 East. He was special, and such an asset to his family. Always upbeat, happy, and spiritual, an amazing brother, father, husband, grandfather, may all the great memories of him sustain the family thru the years to come. Sending sympathy and love to the family, especially Don and Kathy Turner.
    Love, Elaine and John Francis

  13. Janet, So sorry to learn of Vince’s passing. Loosing a spouse would be a heart-wrenching event. Please know you are in our prayers and may you find peace and comfort in knowing that “families are forever.” Your cousin, Marsha

  14. A young teen-age boy could not have a better companion and partner in the process of growing up than Vince Clayton! Vince was my best friend and his family was my second family. Our dads were in the ward bishopric together and were also best friends. We respectfully referred to them as “Chief Short Thumb” (Vince’s dad has lost one of his thumbs in some kind of a childhood accident, I believe) and “Chief Eagle Beak” (my dad had lost all but a peripheral rim of his hair and was thus as bald as an eagle). Amazingly, Chief Short Thumb consented to letting Vince and me and a couple of other high school buddies borrow the Clayton family’s new station wagon to drive over 2000 miles to Mexico City to celebrate our graduating from Granite High School. After my mission, I worked for Janet’s dad and I couldn’t help but notice his very beautiful young daughter. Being already engaged, the next best thing I could do was to make sure Vince met Janet. The rest is history.
    My condolences to Janet and to all of Vince’s family.
    I love you, Vince! Save me a place next to you.

  15. Sending love and sympathy to Janet, Vince’s family and extended family from the Wayman Family, wonderful memories of a special childhood from the Clayton home and neighborhood on 1300 East. Growing up was special with Vince, and his brothers/sister and parents. Those experiences we all treasure for a lifetime. Our thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we love deeply become a part of us” Helen Keller. May you find peace and comfort.
    Melba Wayman and family.

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