Clayton "Clay" Walter Cox, 87, a resident of The Dalles, died at Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at a local hospital.
He was born September 25, 1927 in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, the only child to Clare Bowerman and Frances Marguerite (Deisman) Cox. He grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Washington State and finally resided in Oregon when he was 15 years old. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore., in 1946 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oregon in 1951.
Clay married Patricia Moore on March 20, 1951 in Eugene, Ore. After they were married, Clay began his master's program at the University of Oregon, began his teaching career, and received his Master of Science diploma in June 1960. For 30 years he taught English and Social Studies in several school districts including Dayville, Rockaway, Eugene, Bend and Brookings.
Clay was a volunteer and supporter of Eugene Mountain Rescue, Lebanon Area Habitat for Humanity, Safe Haven Humane Society of Linn County, Best Friends Animal Society, Home at Last Animal Friends in The Dalles, and Oregon Veterans' Home. He enjoyed mountaineering, camping, walking, reading, and crossword puzzles.
Clay is survived by his wife, Pat Cox, The Dalles; his son, Randy and his wife, Jan Cox, Lebanon, Ore.; his daughter, Deborah and her husband, Rick Johnson, The Dalles; grandchildren, Chris Cox and wife Casey and Tony Cox and wife Alex, all of Lebanon, Ore.; Nate Johnson and his wife Rachel of Bend, Ore., Jake Johnson and his wife Christine of McMinnville, Ore., and Tim Johnson of The Dalles. Great grandchildren Cooper, Bradly, Kendra and Dylan Cox and nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
No public funeral service will be held. Private cremation was held at The Dalles Win-Quatt Crematory with Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Home at Last Animal Friends, P0 Box 390, The Dalles, OR 97058.
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