Clayton Ford Anderson
November 12, 1998 ~ January 2, 2021
Clayton Ford Anderson, age 22, departed from this world on January 2, 2021. Clayton succumbed to the mental health hurdles he was challenged with towards the end of his life. Clayton is survived by his mother Jenny, father Tyler, and brothers: Orson, Preston, and Frank. He is cherished by family and those around him for the exampled life he led, always putting others’ needs before his own.
He achieved his Eagle Scout rank and competed in cross country and the swim team before graduation from high school in 2017. There was little Clayton could not do. You often found Clayton fishing with family, hiking with his brothers in the Montana highlands, and never being ticketed for speeding. His honesty had no limits. It was well known that Clayton was a generous audience for all jokes, especially the corny ones, always providing a laugh whether you deserved it or not. This served his father well.
He knew that honesty was one of the greatest traits a person could hold here on earth. By his father and mother’s account, it was next to impossible for Clayton to lie. He could always be counted on for the truth. Clayton’s honesty powered his ability to empathize with others. This “super empathy” enabled his heart to be with those around him at all times.
Clayton was well-traveled and illuminated by the binding adventures of exploring the world and working with his family. He started early, living in England with his family, at a young age during his father’s studies at London Film School. This theme carried throughout his life.
He recently joined as a critical crew member to the production of his mother’s workouts all across America. He traveled to various states with his family to film custom workout routines on location. Clayton was dedicated to this project where he manned equipment, helped set up scenes, and one time even appeared on film with his mother.
Jenny learned from Clayton’s example and experience that his assistance on her fitness projects was an empowering motivation that helped elevate him through heavy times.
Since Clayton’s passing, Jenny and Tyler have decided to provide the Walk Across America Program to others for free in honor and memory of Clayton (www.youtube.com/c/FREEDOMFIT), knowing that strong mental health through exercise has become an even more important cause in their lives.
Near the end of his battle, it was not uncommon to find Clayton asleep on his knees at his bedside, wearied from life and labored prayers. He was a dedicated priesthood holder and had an immense respect for serving the Lord and others. He served in two missions, Kentucky, and Chicago, where he ultimately returned home, yielding to his mental health needs.
Clayton, for a short time, until we see you again, we will all miss your creativity, custom-made board games, thick flock of hair, powerful wordsmithing, and innocent kindness; but most of all we will long for the big and tender heart you hold and the way you offer it to others. Farewell our son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 7, 2021, in Sandy, Utah at 11:00 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance will be for immediate family only. However, we hope you will join us for the services via Zoom to honor Clayton.
To virtual view previous held services, please visit these links below...
Funeral services: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/w1vIYrdYiLFnFyKxcjB8hWEmMwvILzIjA2nF1YGZk4-xmsYihEHHc3qeG0be6ABS.B9vVXoedMSYG_478?startTime=1610033724000
Graveside services: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/So-wNTvJ2O8tVf5ADX20zAQnX7liar5LFAg6SR3R2vvR81Ry-aoRupZYkvYCbEEo.I_hwYrAYONlvvBjf?startTime=1610048526000
Dear Jenny, dear Tyler,
i feel so sorry for you lost.
I wish i could help and take the sadness out of your life.
But i can't.
the only thing i can do is always think about your son....please stay strong and healty even if it's hard right now.
Dear regards Bianka
- Bianka Robles Vicario
Dear Family. Please accept our sincere love and appreciation for your son. We love him and know he is okay. He is a great person and missionary. We know this is not easy, but it is not over. This is a a plan of happiness but there are bumps in the road of mortality. You have a great son and we were privileged to serve with him in Kentucky. Elder Rasband shared this scripture in Mosiah 2:11 that we have never forgot. The Savior heals all wounds, spiritually, physically , emotionally and mentally. You have a beautiful family and are great parents. Please know you are all in our prayers. Sincerely Dan and Charla Hughes- Kentucky Louisville Mission President
- Dan and Charla Hughes
heartfelt condolences to the whole family. A hug to my virtual step teacher Jenny.
- sandra bionaz
I am so so sorry for the lost of your sweet boy. I pray for you and your family for comfort and peace. It’s never easy to loose someone. My heart goes out to you sweet lady. ❤️❤️
- Doris Samuelson
I don't know your family. I do know that my family deals with similar issues. I just wanted to say God bless you!
- Duane Edgington
I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Clayton. I enjoyed the time we spent together. It was obvious that he was quite loved by his family and will be dearly missed. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.
- Chris Parson
May I please extend my deepest condolences to Jenny and Tyler at the loss of their cherished son, Clayton. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for giving so much of yourselves to us through this pandemic, especially when you had much on your shoulders already. Sending love from Lincolnshire, UK.
- Gill McHattie
words fail me This has made me deeply sad and distressed my heart and soul goes out to all of you what a beautiful amazing person so so terrible . I like in the uk and have followed you on you tube for years thankyou for everything. You deserve to be happy and this is so tragic my thoughts and prayers are with you all I hope you can find peace somehow you will meet again in heaven one day but he will always be with you Love from Lisa Finlayson xxxxxxxxxx
- Lisa Finlayson
I was so honored to be able to join you for the beautiful service. It was lovely to hear the beautiful stories of what an amazing young man and example he had grown up to be. I am so glad and grateful he had the chance to grow up in such a beautiful home surrounded by people that love him so much. You can tell he truly was the apple of your eyes. It got me thinking about all the people he must have come across in his life and the great joy he must have brought to so many people. To have so much support and understanding from his family must have been a huge help to him. I'm glad that the pain and suffering if over for him and he doesn't have to struggle with this. I truly am so sorry that you didn't have more time with him but I know what time he did, he made beautiful memories with so many people round him that loved him.
You are all I'm my thoughts and prayer
Abbey davison(Armstrong) babysitter in harlow
- Abbey Davison (Armstrong)
My love, concern, and condolences to your family.
- David Monsen
What a sweet celebration of a wonderful soul. The heartache we feel at losing Clayton and the knowledge of the suffering his family is going through right now are tempered by the feelings of warmth invoked by the goodness of his life and the reality of the hereafter. Tyler, Jenny, and Family: You are in our prayers.
- Chris Killpack
I am one of your many You Tube workout devotees and just learned this morning of your loss, for which I am so, so sorry. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts. You are surrounded by the love of those close to you as well as those far away, who only know you from your wonderful videos. May the love be of comfort to you.
With sincere sympathy,
Annie Lang (Raleigh, NC)
- Annie Lang
I’m so heartbroken for you and your husband. I have only just seen this on Facebook and my heart and prayers go out to you. May you all feel the love of the Lord and his tender mercies at this sad time.
Much love always
- Portia Edwards
My condolences to Jenny and her family for the loss of Tyler, beloved Son and Brother. I do your workouts all the time, you are an inspiration to me. I watched when my parents lost my Brother at age 36 and how they never really healed from that. I hope your family will find peace and will grow closer to each other each and every day.
- Patricia Soos
Jenny I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family in your time of this incredible loss. I pray that God will wrap his arms around your family and give you comfort, courage, strength, understanding and acceptance. I don't know you personally, but I feel like I know you from taking all of your wonderful step aerobic classes. Again, my condolences and may Clayton rest in peace and power with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- Carol Simmons
You've been in my thoughts all day since I learned of the terrible loss you are facing.
My mother Sylvie & I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Your friend always,
- Thierry Laskar
What a beautiful service. Clayton was such a beautiful human, I can still hardly believe it!!! Orson, your testimony gets me every time, and today your talk was beautiful. Clayton is so proud of how you honored him today, love to you all....if you need anything...please let me know. My heart is with you, and I hope you all find peace knowing that our Heavenly Father has a plan for all of us!!! Love you!!!
- Elena seal
I am so sorry for your lose of Clayton. I didn't really know him but he sounds like he was a very special person and had a sweet, kind spirit. You are in my prayers. Love, Sharry
- Sharry Oviatt
I'm so sorry to hear about Clayton. Your family is kept in my prayers. Us Gurr's are thinking about and praying for you all.
- Cecil Gurr
I cried for you; my heart broke. I cannot express enough how hurt I am for you guys. He was such a cute kid. I wish I could say something meaningful. I'm so sorry. I hope you can feel my love and sorrow from Newport, Oregon. Stay strong.
- Christina Gomes
Dear Tyler, Jenny & Family,
I was so saddened to hear this news. I didn't know Clayton but he sounds like a vibrant soul and wonderful person. I hope and pray for your family that you will find peace and perspective in this very difficult time.
- Patrick Parker
I am really sorry for your loss, I love your job I always watch your videos, God will confort your hearth, Love from Brazil
So sorry for the loss of Clayton. Mental illness is such an awful thing to deal with for young people and their family and friends. My heart breaks for Clayton and all of you. 💔
So very sorry for your loss-sending love and thoughts to the family.
- Priscilla Hartling
I’m so sorry for your loss, I pray that God console you and your family.
- Dina Ramirez
Dear family: Heaven is one angel richer, we have lost one.
I wish you much strength with this great loss.
With love Mary Krens
- Mary Krens
Ti sono vicina in questo triste momento .
Sincere condoglianze a te e alla tua famiglia.
I have known Clayton for the past 10 years. In that time, Clayton has had a great influence on my life and I have numerous memories with him. Clayton was a great friend to me and I am
Extremely grateful for his friendship. I will surely miss all of the laughs, memories, and those innocent high school summer nights. Clayton will forever occupy a place in my life, and his influence will live on.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson’s at this tragic time. I pray that they will find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Clayton made this world a better place through his Christlike demeanor. I will forever remember how he treated others with the upmost respect and kindness.
- Preston Pauole
Tylor and family!
I mourn at the loss of your son. He was so young. Please, keep strong as you go through such a big experience. I hug you all
- Nuria Jiménez
I'm so sorry. Perder a un hijo debe ser una gran tragedia en la vida de nosotros los padres. Fuerza familia Anderson.
- Zulema Vega
I am so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Clayton's smile and kindness. I will miss seeing Clayton with your wonderful boys standing at my door with the gingerbread homes you all made together as a family. Clayton is blessed to have you, Jenny, Orson, Preston and Franklin as a forever family. Love you all
- SHERRI SAIZ