Clayton Carlson

October 31, 1939 - May 22, 2024

In Loving Memory

Clayton Carlson

Clay was born in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan, in 1939. His Mother did most of the child rearing as his Dad was away working or had gone to war.

He attended Clarksdale school and then Glenbush to complete his education.

Clay entered the workforce in 1959, when he became a relief station agent with CN.

He relieved agents all over southern Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba.

This is where he met his wife, Betty, while relieving in Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, in 1964.

After marrying her in 1966, they lived in Moose Jaw for a short time before settling in Waldheim, Saskatchewan, where he took on a permanent agency with CN. They lived there until 1971, when the smaller stations and rail lines were being shut down. While there, they had their two children, Crystal (1967) and Doug (1969).

In 1971, they moved to greener pastures in Vernon, BC, where Clay began to work with Kenkraft RV Sales in Lavington. He was with that business for 30 years, building, repairing and designing custom RV’s. He also built their 24’ sailboat for use on Okanagan Lake while there.

After retiring in 2000, Clay and Betty travelled extensively with their various RVs and their sailboat moored in San Diego. They took several cruises and bus tours traveling to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many areas of the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. Their first trip post retirement was for three months across Canada.

Clay loved camping, fishing, archery, being with family and building things for their home. He was very industrious and always wanted to repair things without any outside help.

Clay was pre-deceased by his parents, Carl and Jean, and a brother, Dale. He is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter Crystal (Patrick), son Doug (Marie), two grandsons, Justin (Chloe) and Adam (Jodi). Also, brothers Aubrey, Blaine and Larry. Several other relatives and friends are also mourning his loss.

Special thanks go out to Heritage Square Senior Living residence. Clay had excellent care throughout his stay there.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, May 27th at 1:00PM, at

the Army and Navy 2500 46th Avenue Vernon, BC

In Clay’s memory, please think about sending donations to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.  

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-558-0866

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-558-0866

4417 29th St,
Vernon, BC V1T 5B7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 8

  1. Howard and Linda Fisher says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Betty and family at this difficult time. Clay will be missed by all who who knew him.With deepest sympathy from Howard and Linda

  2. Ardelle Stockton says:

    Losing Clay makes me so sad. We have lost another good one.
    Clay was a gentleman. One could count on him for help anytime. You and your family can be so proud of him.
    Condolences to you Betty and your family.

  3. Don and Carol Craske says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Clay’s passing. He was such a gentle and kind man. We think of our sailing and racing days when Cstar was out on the start line . And who can forget our flotilla’s at the coast. Such fun!

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Betty and your family,

    Don and Carol

  4. Allan Jong says:

    With deepest sympathy to Betty and Family, I work with Clay for thirty year at Kenkraft great forman a geat friend .Allan Jong

  5. Bob Haubrich says:

    My condolences to Betty and family on Clay’s passing. A toast and tear from on of the 1964 crowd.
    Sincerely, Bob

  6. Laurie and Betty Cone says:

    Dear Betty and Families
    We were very sad to hear of Clayton’s passing. I have been reviewing my memories of our childhood and the fun we had. This then became lifelong friendships. These memories we will treasure forever.
    Clayton will never be gone if we keep the memories alive.
    Our deepest condolences to all of you.
    Laurie and Betty Cone

  7. Milt and Valerie Miller says:

    We were saddened to hear of Clay’s passing. Clay will be missed by all who knew him. We have many fond memories of our get togethers over the years. Our deepest sympathies to Betty and family. Milt and Valerie Miller

  8. Jana Thompson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. On behalf of Bob and Vivian Brown, Al Maksuta. Sent by eldest daughter of Bob and Viv (Jana)

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