Clayton DunHam of Winters, passed away Friday, April 24, 2009 at his home. He had been an area resident for 60 years.
Clayton was born in Salina, Oklahoma, Mayes County in Indian Territory to Muggie Mae Vann and William Colombus DunHam. Clayton was the last surviving member of 12 children and was honored to be the last to carry on the DunHam name for his generation.
Along with his beloved wife and business partner, Barbara Hughes, together they carried on the Clayton DunHam and Sons Trucking Company for over 60 years where they were well known all throughout the state of California. Clayton was delighted that he was able to carry his Chauffers license until the time of his passing. He held to a strong belief that people worked hard for what they possessed. He was very proud of his son Brett who has managed the Winters Cemetery for over 30 years.
Clayton was highly honored to be of Cherokee Indian bloodline, he and his family are registered at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Cherokee of Northern California and also with the National American Indian Organization. He absolutely loved his Indian heritage and was often heard saying, I would have loved to be a full-blooded blanket ass Indian rather than a half-breed.
Clayton was a five generation, very active, Democrat Party Member and belonged to the Yolo County Democratic Group and the California State Democratic Party.
Clayton and Barbara never missed a ball game on television and he was a committed Red Sox fan where he was proud to support Dusty Pedroia. Clayton and Barbara held deep discussions throughout the entirety of each game.
He was very fond of his Antique Automobile and Gun collections and particularly loved his very 1st vehicle, his 1936 Ford Coupe. On April 25th, the day following Claytons passing, his life was honored by the City of Winters as they dedicated the Annual Youth Day parade in his name where for many years he had provided his antique automobiles to be displayed.
For the last couple of years of Claytons life he provided loving care to his rose garden and on the day of his service his casket will be adorned with the roses from his garden.
Clayton is survived by his wife, Barbara Hughes, three sons, Dennis, John and Brett, three grand-daughters, including a special granddaughter, Sierra and her companion Richard, three great-granddaughters and four generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three children, Billie Gene, Janice Sue and Tommy Clayton.
Pallbearers for the service will be Rex L. Hughes, Julius Hughes, Paris Hughes, Tanner Hughes, Jeremy Nelson and Bert Young. Honorary Pallbearers will be Billie Gene Williams, Robin Thomas, Roosevelt Gilcrest, Dennis Ray DunHam, Vann DunHam and Geo. Wallace Bowlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Claytons memory to Yolo Hospice; P.O. Box 1014; Davis, CA 95617.
A time of visitation will be held Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Main Street Church; 205 Main Street in Winters under the direction of Wiscombe Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be private. Interment will be in the DunHam family plot at the Winters Cemetery. There will be no reception following services to provide the family with private time.