DESDEMONA- Memorial services for Lindley Clayton who passed away in Fort Worth after a short illness, will be held Monday Feb. 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Desdemona at the Community Center (old schoolhouse).
Lindley was born in Gorman. His parents were Stanley and Floradelle Clayton. He had three brothers Murray, Gary and Coy. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting and was a lifetime member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club. Lindley attended school in Desdemona where he graduated with honors in 1960. He was married to Daisy Stewart of Ranger in 1960 and they had one son. He worked as ranch foreman on the C-bar Ranch west of Desdemona for eighteen years.
In 1975 Lindley began his law enforcement career part-time as a Deputy Game Warden. When the program was discontinued in 1976 he became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Erath County. He was certified as a full time Deputy Sheriff in July of 1977, and advanced to Chief Deputy in 1979 when he resigned from the ranch to devote full time to law enforcement. In 1983 he moved to Colorado where he was employed as Chief Deputy/Undersheriff in San Juan County (Silverton). He was later employed by Standard Metals as security at the gold mine in Silverton and returned to Texas in the late 80's when he was offered the position of Chief Deputy in Somervell Co. (Glen Rose). He worked for a time for Hood Co. Sheriff's Dept. and as a prison guard for the Texas Department of Corrections. He retired from law enforcement in the late 90's to move to Polson, Mont. to manage a small resort facility on the Flathead Lake. He moved back to Desdemona in 2001 and worked as a jailer for Comanche County Jail until his retirement in 2004 when he opened Clayton's Gun Shop in Desdemona.
Lindley is survived by his former wife Daisy of Comanche, his son Ricky and daughter-in-law Vera of Gustine, Joni and James Clayton of Leonard, one brother Coy of Desdemona, sister-in-law Gail Clayton of Palo Pinto, nephews Waylon of Lipan, Cody of Rucker and Westley of Morgan Mill, great-nephew Tanner, niece Melanie of Iredell, grandsons Marty and Bryan of Comanche, great-grandchildren Faith, Christopher, Braxton and Gabriel Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers Gary and Murray.
In lieu of flowers it was Lindley's wish that donations be made to Desdemona Community Center Fund P.O. Box 32, Desdemona, Tx. 76445.