Lareene Clayson Wagenaar

1935 ~ 2022


April 11, 1935 – June 14, 2022

Lareene Clayson Wagenaar, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully and comfortably in her home Tuesday evening, June 14, 2022.

Lareene was born in Spanish Fork, Utah on April 11, 1935. She was the seventh of eight children born to Archer Lester and Mabel Rawlins Clayson. She was seven years old when her family moved to Salt Lake City. Lareene attended Irving Jr. High School and graduated from South High School.

Lareene married Lee A. Wagenaar in the Salt Lake Temple on April 22, 1954. They were blessed with three daughters whom they loved dearly. Lareene was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She served in various callings in the church during her lifetime. She loved working with youth sports softball and attending girl's camp with the young women. She taught Sunday School and Primary and especially loved serving as the Ward Music Chairman.

Lareene devoted much of her time to genealogy work for her family and for Lee’s family and created family genealogy books for her children. Her genealogy work has left a legacy of strength and faith for her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

For many years while raising her family, Lareene worked for the federal and state government. She was an executive assistant to the Director of Family Services for many years.

Lareene was always physically active and loved recreational sports. She loved skiing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and golfing. She enjoyed annual trips to Newport Beach and Bear Lake with her family and friends. Lareene especially loved spending time with her family.

Lareene was preceded in death by her husband, Lee, her parents, brothers Vern and Darrell Clayson, and sisters Hazel Warner, Dora Hanks, Vonda Anderson, and Laraine Samuelsen. She is survived by her brother, Douglas (Ann) Clayson, children Karen Wagenaar, Diane Wagenaar, and Susan (Loren) Watson, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Her family has been continuously blessed by her unwavering spiritual strength and kindness. She will be greatly missed. We know that one day through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we will be reunited with our wonderful mother for all eternity.

As per her request no viewing or funeral services will be held.


Dear girls, so sorry to see your dear mom passed. It is a bittersweet time for you. We send our love. We have many fond memories of your folks and the good times we shared. We wish you all the best and know that we're thinking of you all. Lots of love, Glade and Merlene

- Marlene and Glade

We were so sad to hear of our dear friends passing. We pray you will feel the loving warmth of our Savior at this time. Love, Duane and Margaret Cardall

- Margaret Cardall