2012-02-16 / Obituaries

Jill S. Clayton

Jill S. Clayton, 62, passed away quietly on Thursday Jan. 12, with her loving husband by her side in her home in Mariposa after complications with cancer.

Jill was born in St. Paul, Minn., to John and Eleanor Clayton, their only child. She spent her childhood growing up in Minnesota, and later attended college in Utah and finished at Hamline University in Minnesota, earning a degree in English.

She is survived by her beloved husband Don Munn and her beloved child Sherman and wife Dorothy; and by her grandchild Corbin Clayton and by numerous friends around the world and cousins in Minnesota.

Jill always had a love for travel and nature while growing up. She loved going out on hikes and driving around in her car, seeing new places she could find on back roads. She liked to think that certain trees were nice, and you could tell that they had seen a lot of interesting times.

She was always happy and loved to laugh and live life to its fullest, always taking time out to see new places or revisit old friends. She was able to continue her love with nature when she moved from Minnesota to Hawaii with her son, and shortly thereafter joined the park service in Volcano. From there she had the opportunity to go to Yosemite, and it was in Yosemite and Mariposa where she lived for the next 20 years enjoying its beauty.

In her travels she visited England numerous times loving it so much that she owned a house for a brief period of time. She imparted her sense of adventure to her son taking him to all parts of Europe and later Kenya. She continued to travel at every opportunity, traveling on cruises with her husband and going to China with a close friend. She had a couple of places left to see in the world, but she knew she would be able to visit them in the next life or the afterlife.

Jill moved throughout her career with the National Park Service and National Forest Service making friends throughout California, the country and the world. She donated to charities close to her heart: Arbor Day Foundation, Breast Cancer Society and the Donkey Sanctuary in England. She wanted to experience everything she could in life, and she was happy to have the opportunities to experience so much.

An informal memorial will be held in the spring.

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