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Clayton Allen Brown
Aug 09, 1956 - Jun 05, 2020
On Friday June 5th, 2020 Clayton Allen Brown passed away from complications of COPD, pneumonia and heart failure. 
Clayton was born August 9th, 1956 in Independence, MO to Nolan and Patricia (Slover) Brown. Clayton was the second oldest boy and one of five children. Clayton was preceded in death by both parents and brothers Bob and Terry Brown. Clayton is survived by ex-wife Rebecca Brown, sister Lisa Tinsley, brother Tim Brown, children Sara Brown and Christine Hayden, granddaughter Katie Hayden and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Clayton was a dynamic guy. He learned from a young age how to work with machines. His father and grandfather were both mechanics. This led Clayton at age 17 to join the Army where he became a helicopter mechanic. He was stationed in tropical Honolulu, HI and while he hated the humid weather, he loved the pineapple. 
After serving 4 years in the Army, Clayton met his wife Rebecca. They married October 15th, 1980 in Independence, Missouri. They had two children; Sara Marie and Christine Rani and moved to the small rural town of Napoleon, MO. 
Clayton worked in various factories following his service. After the birth of his first daughter he began as a mill wright with National By-Products where he worked for 15 years. After leaving NBP he became an auto worker at General Motors where he worked until he retired in 2018. He was most proud of becoming team lead and making a cost-savings suggestion that earned him an award from GM.
Clayton always enjoyed tinkering with machines, discussing and working on classic cars, watching NASCAR, rooting for KC Chiefs football and Harley Davidson. When he was younger he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and go boating. 
Anyone who met Clayton knew he had a huge sweet tooth. Dot's, orange slices and Twizzlers were among his favorite candies. German chocolate cake and coconut cream pies were his two favorite desserts.
Clayton was a reluctant lover of cats and enjoyed watching nature any chance he had. Along with a pocket knife and handkerchief he always carried his binoculars with him just in case he saw an interesting hawk or family of deer. He even recently befriended a tailless squirrel he named Stumpy.
Clayton had a special place in his heart for Ivy Bend, MO where his family had a nearby cabin on the Lake of the Ozarks. He spoke fondly of his paternal grandmother and his summers spent helping her tend her vast garden in the north central missouri town of Santa Rosa which has now been lost to time.
Clayton had lots of dreams and one was to live by the lake and travel with his Harley. We will fulfill his wishes by transporting his ashes to one of his favorite spots on the lake via Harley motorcade and spreading his ashes on what would have been his 64th birthday- August 9th, 2020.


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