On the morning of August 3, 2016, Clay passed away at his home in Monticello Utah, with his wife and family by his side from a lingering illness. Clay was 86 years old.
Clay Pehrson was born June 6, 1930 in Monticello, Utah. He was the first son of Jennie Mae King and Franklin Gilbert Pehrson. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1948.
While in high school Clay lettered in Basketball. He loved basketball and tried to never miss a game on TV.
He would often root for the Utah Jazz because it was his wife, Shirley’s favorite team. He did not have a favorite team he just loved the sport.
On March 29, 1951 Clay joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State. He was on active duty for two years and then in the United States Army Reserve for another five years. Because of his high aptitude in Mathematics he became a surveyor while in the Army.
Clay married Juanita Randolph on October 31, 1961 and helped raise her four children from a previous marriage. After Juanita passed away, he later married Shirley Lammert on December 20, 1994 when he gained five more children.
Clay did not have any children of his own, but between the two families, he had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who all loved him.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was baptized on December 28, 1996. He loved doing his home teaching and would frequently take on extra projects the bishop would ask him and his wife to do.
He has paid for college school books for kids who couldn’t afford them, and has helped fund many missionaries. For many years they supplied the bread for sacrament. This was the kind of man Clay was, very generous and kind.
Clay was a man of many talents. He was a farmer, rancher and heavy equipment operator. He loved the outdoors, hunting and horseback riding.
As a farmer Clay raised alfalfa to feed their registered Black Angus and Charolais cattle. During the winter he had his own special diet for his bull calves that would be sold in the spring. His bulls were highly sought after and were usually sold before they were born.
He learned much about cattle and horses as a young man when he rode for Scorup Cattle Co. trailing cattle from Indian Creek to Thompson where the cattle would be put on the train.
Many years before retirement Clay worked for Southern Paving as a heavy equipment operator. He could hop on a motor grader, dozer or any other piece of equipment when he would build drive ways, parking lots, roads or highways.
Clay loved to hunt and was so excited when he drew out for a bull elk permit from the state. He went hunting on Elk Ridge and shot a very big bull elk while in his late 70’s.
His stepson, Butch, in Texas loved to eat venison and he would shoot a buck almost every year and either take it to him or mail it on UPS. That was the kind of man Clay was, always very thoughtful of others.
He loved the outdoors and after retiring, he and his wife, Shirley, raised a few cows and sold hay. They spent all their time together either in the mountains horseback riding or working with the cows, horses or hay fields.
They loved to pack in with their horses for days at a time and camp out under the stars, sleep on the ground and cook over a camp fire.
When the time came that they could no longer sleep on the ground they would take day rides together, sometimes inviting children and grandchildren with them. Their days were spent together and they loved every minute of it.
Clay was a very quiet man, but would tell you what he thought you needed to know. He was very wise and always gave good advice.
He loved his dog Queenie. She knew when ever Clay was outside she would get petted, and get her daily treat of hot dogs. Queenie would follow him around the home place and would help him with the gates into the corals.
After a cow kicked Clay and broke his leg a couple years ago he couldn’t get out much and do the things he loved. He was recovering when he got pneumonia and with many trips to several hospitals the doctors could still never get him over it for long.
Clay was so very much appreciative of his friends and family who were always willing to pitch in and help Shirley get the chores completed that he and her always did together.
Clay was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin Gilbert Pehrson and Jennie Mae King; his first wife Juanita Randolph; sisters Lee, Shirley, Beryrl and Verna; stepchildren Richard Lammert and Judy Schlichting; and step-grandson Reed Young.
Clay is survived by his wife Shirley Pehrson; his children from Shirley, Robert “Butch” Lammert Palestine, TX, Sherry Swink Colorado Springs, CO, Terry Robinson Paradise, UT, Donald “Don” Lammert Moab, UT, Zane Lammert (Deana) Moab, UT; his children from Juanita, Carma Young (Steve) Monticello, UT, Jack Randolph (Paula) Monticello, UT, Leon Randolph (Mary) Slickrock, CO; brother and best friend Clarence “Pugh” Pehrson (Doris) Monticello, UT; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held August 9 in Monticello, UT. Interment at the Monticello City Cemetery.
Card of thanks
The Pehrson family would like to give a special thanks to Danny Palmer of San Juan Mortuaries, Dr. Jeppesen and the staff at Monticello Hospital, Monticello Emergency Medical Service, the many doctors and staff of the University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah and St. Mary’s in Grand Junction, Colorado, all the many friends who have come to give their condolences to the family and Bishop Todd Westcott, Relief Society and members of the Monticello 3rd ward.