Scott Emmett Clayton

August 8, 1952 ~ August 11, 2020

Scott passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 11 after a valiant three-and-a-half-year struggle with ALS. He was born in Ogden, Utah in 1952, graduated from Bountiful High and attend the University of Utah where he earned three degrees-a BA in Arabic, a Masters in Middle East Studies, and an MBA. He started his 20-year career at Hercules in 1980 where he met Rhonda. They were married for 37 years. Scott left Hercules/ATK in 2000 to work for Executive Business Services until his retirement in 2016.

Scott loved fishing and hunting. One of his proudest days was when he bought his first boat. He loved to read, make homemade wine, and he was an accomplished potter. He was an avid golfer and an even more avid U of U sports fan. He was a charter member of the Crimson Club.

Scott is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett, and Bonnie. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, his sons Nicholas and Maxwell, his sisters Sidney Clayton and Kathy (Paul) Zenisek and his brother Dennis (Summer) Clayton.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Scott’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Scott would want friends and family to make a donation to the ALS Association or the Huntsman Cancer Institute and vote Biden/Harris.


Go Utes and Biden! Missing that laugh already uncle.

- Chris Zenisek
The passing of my beloved cousin grieves me greatly, my tears eternal for you Rhonda and my nephews! Love John!

- John f. turner
Rhonda- so very sorry to hear of Scott's passing. I always thought the world of you two. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Toni Thompson

- Toni Thompson
We are very sorry for your loss. Scott was a terrific guy and we enjoyed his company at quite a few softball outings. He was also a very good player. John and Rhonda Drake

- John Drake
Lea Anna and i are sorry for your loss

- robert archibald
Cousin Scott was an exemplar to all and will be greatly missed. His wit and intellect were tremendous, and his moral compass was incomparable. He inspired the best in us. Rhonda, Nick and Chase, we wish you comfort in these trying times and send you our love. Dick and Gissa Clayton

- Dick and Gissa Clayton
I’m so sorry to hear if Scott’s passing. Scott was on my Hercules golf team, and I always enjoyed playing a round with him! He always had a smile and enjoyed talking about his family. He will be missed by all who knew him! My thoughts are with his family at this sad time!

- Gary Cullop
OMG - I have been following birthday etc. I did not connect that My friend, mentor and standard of the ultimate Human had passed. I am so sad. Tears are flowing right now. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Jerri Betts
Dear Rhonda and Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. How fun it was to get to know Scott and see his love for all of you. He was so proud of his family and loved you dearly. I know he will never be forgotten. Love, Lou Ann

- Lou Ann Stevens
Nick your Dad was always such a good man and I am so sorry for your loss brother your family is in my prayers

- James Pfeiffer
You are gone but not forgotten. The memories and laughs will be endless. Family and friends shall be here always for Rhonda and the boys. Shine down on us Scotty.

- Francine Walker
My deepest condolences to Rhonda, Nick and Chase. Scott was such a great man, wicked smart person and hilarious. He will be greatly missed. Send you all my love. Erin

- Erin Nordstrom
I really enjoyed working with Scott at Hercules/ATK and enjoyed his intellect and wit on many topics! Just a great guy and very shocked to hear about his passing.

- Tom Bolz
So sorry to hear about Scott. We were kids together and I always liked him. We did not keep in touch after we grew up but he seemed to be a wonderful person. I know this must leave a large void in your family. Please accept my wife and my condolences. We will be sending an ALS donation in his name.

- Brad and Chris Wilmot
We are very sad to lose this much loved friend. We send our deepest condolences to Rhonda and his boys. RIP

- Orval & Nancy Rice
Awww my friend Scott. I’m so sorry I didn’t know you were stricken with ALS. Rest In Peace my friend. Go find Rupert and have a “Heavenly Beer” together.

- Laurie Argyle