Originally Published: March 21, 2015 6 a.m.
Clayton York died peacefully in Prescott, Arizona on March 18, 2015 after a valiant two-year battle with lung cancer, with his loving wife Kitty at his side. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Malibu and Santa Monica, attending Santa Monica High School and the Army Navy Academy.
Clay resided in Los Angeles, California and in Japan before relocating to Prescott in 2008 and establishing his home here with his wife and their daughter Ahnika.
Clay, a "Gear-Head" from birth, loved everything automotive, establishing first RedSpot Graphics, an automotive sticker and signage company, and later, with his wife Kitty, AutoLink Motorworks, a successful automotive aftermarket business. In Yokohama Japan he co-founded Check Shop, an auto shop. Clay was also a founding partner in Dub Magazine. In Prescott, he was employed by Legend Aviation and at Adventure Trailers.
A perfectionist and highly creative man of diverse interests and skills, among them music, art and gun collecting. He was also an avid race car builder/designer, built overland camping vehicles and loved his Triumph motorcycles. However, his greatest talent was his ability to establish warm and fulfilling life-long friendships based his genuine concern for others, his loyalty and his generous spirit. Whether family, a school classmate, co-worker, employer or employee, neighbor, colleague, fellow collector, friend of a friend or casual acquaintance his ability to make and nurture relationships was unlimited and was rewarded in the loving support provided by innumerable friends and his large extended family in good times and during his illness.
Clayton is survived by his wife Kitty (nee Chan); daughter Ahnika Rose; his parents Arnold and Karen York of Malibu; his brother Anthony York, sister-in-law Andrea and their children Lana Lacey and Griffin York of Sacramento; brother Mark Brown and his wife Shelley; mother-in-law, Winnie Chan; sister and brother-in-law Sharlene and David Louie and their children Dylan and Devin Louie.
A memorial celebration of Clay's life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at The Club at Prescott Lakes and in Malibu, California on March 29.
Clay wished to be remembered with donations to the American Cancer Society.
Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Clayton's guestbook and share a memory with the family.
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