Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:13 AM by Obituary
Larry Jonathan "L.J." Clayton passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, after a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
L.J. was born on February 17, 1989 in Livingston, Montana. He spent his school years at Belgrade schools, graduating in 2007. He tolerated school, but most of all, his passion was playing varsity golf for the Belgrade Panthers. His other love was downhill ski racing, where he raced with the Bridger Bowl Ski Foundation.
During high school, L.J. was an ambitious, hardworking kid. He prided himself on any job he took on, working for various establishments in the Bozeman/Belgrade area. His favorite job and passion at a young age was working for a local nursery after school and on weekends. This passion for being outside and working with his hands and his creative mind led him to work for a local landscaping company up until the time of his death.
L.J. enjoyed spending time with his grandparents, skiing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and hunting, as well as helping out with whatever was needed to be done at the ranch.
He was caring, loving, creative, witty, and was a jokester around all of his friends. He was the life of the party with friends and family. He was spontaneous and was always there to help friends at the spur of the moment, including putting in stereos and fixing their cars. Anything that his friends needed, L.J. was by their side, always willing to lend a helping hand.
L.J. was the miracle child to his mum. He loved pushing his dad's buttons and kidding around with him, but he was always there when needed. L.J. had a huge heart for everyone and everything. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Gary and Joanne Peterson; brother, Ted (Trish) Clayton; grandparents, D.H. and Jane Ward and Betty Peterson; fiancé, Breanna Bessette; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his biological father, Larry Q. Clayton, who passed away prior to L.J.'s birth; grandparents, Earl and Betty Cota, C.G. and Wilma Williams and Harold L. Peterson.
He lived more in his 24 years than most of us do in our entire lifetime.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Thursday, October 3 at The Commons, on the corner of Baxter and Love Lane in Bozeman. Memorials in L.J.'s name may be made to the L J Clayton Memorial Fund, c/o First Security Bank, 208 East Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.