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Clayton Gurney Pehrson, age 77, returned home on June 16, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully joined his anxious loved ones waiting through the veil. Clayton was born September 29, 1936 in Lehi Utah to Sydney Pehrson and Sarah Delvora Gurney. He had six sisters and four brothers and he was the fifth child born. He had a wonderful loving family who worked hard together to provide for the needs of their large family. Clayton had a very active part in running and maintaining the farm machinery. Clayton forged strong ties with all of his siblings, which have never dwindled as time lead each in different directions. He attended Vernon Elementary and Tooele High School. Clayton served in the Utah National Guard. He met Erla Johnson in the summer of 1958 and they were married June 29, 1960 in the Salt Lake Temple. They planted roots in Erla's hometown of Farmington, and there they have flourished raising their family. Clayton worked hard as a steel worker for Mark Steel Inc. for 30 years. Clayton was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He and his family thrived on any opportunity to get together. Whether hunting, camping or any reason for a gathering at his cabin on Bountiful Peak, to going to his beloved Vernon where he would go as often as possible. More than anything he loved being with his 14 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Grandpa loved taking them many places, and each one would tell you that being with him was always an adventure. Clayton was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served diligently in many callings. He was a gentle giant but his testimony of the Savior and eternal Family was evident in his actions. He is survived by his loving wife Erla Johnson Pehrson, his children; Jody and (Donel) Anderson (Willard), Shawn and (Susan) Pehrson (Syracuse), Shane and (Rebecca) Pehrson (Syracuse), Jacob Pehrson (Farmington) and 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, his siblings Jacqueline Pehrson, Eric and (Darlene) Pehrson, Sydney and (Tiiu) Pehrson, Linda and (Jim) Ekker, Vicki Jo and (John) Smeckens, and in-laws Willis Bitner, Dian and (Calvin Ferrin) and Bill and (DeeAnn) Johnson. He is proceeded in death by his son Randy Clayton, his parents; and his half brothers Bryant and John Pehrson; a half sister Elaine Bitner, his sisters, Emma Lou Kirkham, and Lois Gattung. Friends and family may pay their respects at the Farmington Compton Bench Chapel, 900 N 300 W Compton Rd, Farmngton UT. on Thurday June 19, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm and Friday June 20, 2014 from 10 am followed by services beginning at 11 am. Interment, Kaysville UT. Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at serenicare.com
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