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In Memory of

Clayton Charles Ogden

August 3, 1969 - August 1, 2017

Obituary


An accurate and unbiased account of the life of Clayton
Charles Ogden III.
Born on the 31st of August 1969, to Richard and Mary Ann
Ogden, sister Polly, and brother Jon. He grew up in Dos
Palos, Ca.
Clayton's early years were somewhat unremarkable, spent in
stroller rides around the block with neighbor Peter, and
enjoying applesauce and jars of carrots or mashed peas.
It wasn't until Clayton eventually found his own mobility
that the real fun began: Years of ALMOST clearing 30 foot
trees on skis; MOSTLY finding flight off any and every
inanimate...

An accurate and unbiased account of the life of Clayton
Charles Ogden III.
Born on the 31st of August 1969, to Richard and Mary Ann
Ogden, sister Polly, and brother Jon. He grew up in Dos
Palos, Ca.
Clayton's early years were somewhat unremarkable, spent in
stroller rides around the block with neighbor Peter, and
enjoying applesauce and jars of carrots or mashed peas.
It wasn't until Clayton eventually found his own mobility
that the real fun began: Years of ALMOST clearing 30 foot
trees on skis; MOSTLY finding flight off any and every
inanimate object worth jumping. Never dissuaded, never
claiming failure. Persisting with an incredible
enthusiasm, and eventually, literally, diving in front of
bullets to protect the innocent without a second thought,
Clayton was one cape short of being a superhero, though he
would give everyone else credit. His famous smile lit a
room and filled souls with warmth and hope. His infectious
laugh and faith in God came from a pure heart, incapable
of malice. Clayton was perpetually joyous, his laugh
contagious. A true kid at heart. It was with tremendous
serendipity that Clayton found a path to firefighting and
becoming a paramedic. Clayton loved his job and his coworkers,
he would alway say," there's nothing I wouldn't
do for those guys." Clayton relished the work and
camaraderie, and excelled to eventually become Fireman Of
The Year in 2014, where he worked for the City of Santa
Cruz as a firefighter/paramedic for 18 years. He was awarded
the Medal Of Valor this year for his heroic action on Feb.
26,2013, where he shielded a civilian woman who was caught
in the middle of gunfire. Clayton always put everyone else
first.
>> Clayton's wife Becky was the love of his life, and it
was evident in his every word and deed. Clayton's pride
for his children, Colby, Samuel and Lily was unrivaled.
His eyes lit up at their mention. Never missing a chance
to be there for family, friends, or even a stranger. His
legions of friends and admirers . To be blunt: Clayton is
beloved.
>> So, saying the impossible: On August 1,2017, Clayton
has left us. The lights have dimmed and the flavors have
dulled. A truly good man is gone.
A memorial service will be held on Friday August 11,
2017 at 3:00PM at the Merced County Fairgrounds, 900
Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced CA 95341. In lieu of
flowers, SMELL the flowers. Treat people with compassion
and love, as Clayton did. It will make him smile. Or you
can donate to The Clayton Ogden Scholarship at Merced
Schools Employees Credit Union.
If you would like to send a donation by check, you may do
so by mailing it to the address below. Checks can be made
payable to the Clayton Ogden Scholarship Fund with the
account number 22457-35 in the memo field.
Merced School Employee Federal Credit Union
1021 Olivewood Dr, Merced CA 95348

Arrangements under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home, Merced, CA.