Clayton Merle Stabnow died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2015, of diabetic complications. He was born June 29, 1947, to Merle and Sylvia (Lien) Stabnow in Britton, S.D. He graduated from high school in Lead, S.D. and immediately joined the Marine Corps.
Clayton was very proud of his service to our nation from 1965 to 1978, which included 18 months of combat duty in Vietnam. Near the end of his service career, he married Laurie Cramer on Dec. 23, 1977. They had one son, Jeremiah, who was the light of his life.
Clayton graduated from the Billings Vo-Tech in 1984 and ended his post -military career as a dispatcher for Stillwater Mine.
Clayton was a prolific writer who published two books of poetry. His favorite hobbies included stargazing, photography, and kite flying.
Clayton is survived by his wife and son, two brothers, Monty (Tina) of Black Hawk, S.D., and Leland (Jeanie) of Gillette, Wyo., an “adopted” son, Doug (Bridgett) Hahn of Henderson, Nev., and 17 nieces and nephews. Also surviving Clayton are two special Marine Corps buddies, Ric Barela and Larry Meintz. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.
A celebration of life will be held at the Absarokee Evangelical Church at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2016.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Clayton’s honor to the Beartooth VFW Post 7311 or the Wounded Warrior Project.