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Douglas William Clayton, age 51, passed away on February 28, 2017 at his home in Grand Rapids.

He was born January 4, 1966 in Youngstown, Ohio to the late Donald Isaiah Clayton Sr. and Edith Jean Clayton,  the 7th of 7 children.
Douglas was a 1984 graduate of Boardman High School. He worked many years as a roofer and then as a handy-man before retiring with disabilities in 2015.

He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie; son, Michael, of Nebraska. Sisters, Victoria (Russell) Mendenhall, of Camp Verde, AZ, Deborah (Skip) Cruce, of Vero Beach, FL, and Stacey (Dave) Brunswick, of Wake Forest, NC; his brothers, Donald Clayton Jr., of Houston TX, Gary (Glori) Clayton, of Petaluma CA, and James (Lori) Clayton, of Columbus OH; 
as well as many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his longtime friend Sally Golds (who he considered like a mother) of Lowell, MI, Annie Amada of Manila, Philippines, and his many friends in Ohio and Michigan.

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Honoring his wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Debbie Cruce on March 11, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I got your remains today. I wasn’t prepared for them to come today. I was supposed to get notified by the Funeral Home. Since I wasn’t prepared emotionally, I really broke down even before I opened the box. I guess I should have expected the unexpected from you! Douglas, words cannot express the sorrow I feel. I wish I knew more about your life, not just what you wanted me to know. We all want to portray ourselves in the best light for our family. We don’t want them to be disappointed in us. We all do it. It just comes to light more when we lose someone and find out things. It wouldn’t have changed my feelings for you. I may not have always liked the way you led your life, but that never changed the love I felt. I miss you and hope you are at peace and are with Mom and Dad. Remember what I told you all the time…. always remember your big sister loves you Doug a bug!

  2. Duane Kent on March 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Debbie and family, please accept our condolences for your loss. Doug was a good friend of jenny and I.wish we could have been there more for him.

  3. Stacey Brunswick on March 13, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I loved you more than you ever knew. We fought more than we ever should have and it robbed us of precious time that should have been spent laughing, loving, and sharing our lives. Now I am here on the other side of eternity hoping that when you told me years ago you met Jesus, you really had. Because then I know I will see you once again, and we will never, ever be angry with each other! I love you, Doug.

  4. Cara Stark & Brieanna Stark (daughter) on March 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Sorry for your loss

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