HOWLAND - Rev. Clayton Raynor "Clayte" Crocker, 89, passed away May 8, 2013, at a Bangor health care facility, after a long illness with Alzheimer's. He was born July 25, 1923, eldest son of Madeleine (Adams) and Raynor Crocker.
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He is survived by his wife, Dawn Pinkham Crocker; and brothers, Frank and Anne Crocker, of Biloxi, Miss., and Jeffrey Crocker, of Howland; his children and their spouses, Judyth (Crocker) and Michael Hallett, Cynthia (Crocker) and Bruce Clay and David and Martha Crocker; grandchildren, Scott and Jacob Hallett, Jason Clay, Sarah Clay Boyington, Jamie and Jason Potter, Jessica Potter McKechnie and Adam Pinkham Cataldo; great-grandchildren, Kortney, Leine, Tyson, Emma, Ethan and Will; and two nieces, Addie and Melissa. Clayton was predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Gilman) Crocker; and siblings, Harry, Helen and Albert.
He grew up on a farm and held numerous jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in the chemical warfare unit while stationed in the Pacific Theatre. Clayton received the Bronze Star Medal for heroic and meritorious achievements, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Campaign Medal, as well as the Philippine Liberation Medal. After his return from the service, he married Ruth Gilman. Their marriage of 43 years was blessed with three children. Clayton resigned from Great Northern Paper Co., after 18 years to serve his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His ordination as a minister came after much studying and lay preaching. Clayton served as pastor in many Baptist churches including Passadumkeag, Enfield, West Enfield, Danforth, Brookton, Greenbush, Woodland, Aroostook County, Lincoln Center and East Millinocket. In 1988 Clayton married Dawn Pinkham, acquiring a new daughter, Judith Pinkham and grandson, Adam Pinkham Cataldo. Clayton wanted all to know he had many fond memories of his brothers and sisters in the Lord met in all the churches he served. His ministry always remained foremost in his life and mind even in his diminishing health. We grieve in our loss, but rejoice that Clayton is, at last, at peace in his eternal home.
Friends may call noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Caron officiating. Interment will be at Howland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, suggested donations may be made to Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, or Woodland Baptist Church. Donations may be left at the funeral home. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on May 10, 2013