Clayton Dempsey White, 46, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away February 15, 2012, at his home after complications with diabetes. He was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, December 23, 1965. Clayton lived in the Glendale area of Arizona for all of his adult life. He was reared in southern California until he was a pre-teen, and then spent his teenage years in Oxford, Wisconsin until he moved to Arizona when he became an adult.
Clayton was an awesome expert residential home handyman. He loved working with his hands, fixing, mending, and making things good again. He worked on anyone's home that asked. If something needed fixing, remodeling, or just needed to be changed, he was whom you called. He really enjoyed that type of work not only because of the accomplishment rewards of a job well done, but also because of the happiness rewards that comes when you do something for another person. He thrived at fixing your stuff, for you, because he knew that it would make you happy and then the accomplishments were happiness all around. Clayton was always in the "know" when it came to helping others to feel better. He knew just what to say, when to say and especially how to say it, and he gave you no choice but to feel better. Clayton was at his dandiest when he was making you smile, laugh or laugh so hard you would cry. He really knew what it meant to laugh and he knew how to share that laughter. He had a sweet kindness in his heart that just radiated from him and by just being near him you would get some on you. Clayton's "magical charm" came from deep within and it touched everyone and everything that came in contact with it. You could not escape it, and you loved him for it. The most awesome part about Clayton was that he "Believed"! It didn't matter what, who, when, why or how; he "Believed". He knew that if you "Believe", then it "Will”. It was with that belief, that he easily led others to believe, and the great result of that is; is that we all "grew" from his seeds of belief. Clayton was in his element when he was sharing, whether the food on his plate, the shirt off his back, big smiles and laughter, or simple love and kindness. Clayton knew that when you share, you share with all that you have, that you need to share and you need to share your love, and that happiness is what sharing makes happen. And that is what living and loving life is all about. He will be so tremendously missed by all those in his life path.
Clayton is survived by his daughters; Ashley Marie, age 26 and Dempsey, age 9 his grandchildren, Thai, age 6, Sabra, age 5 and Elvis, age 3. Clayton even shared the love when it came to his parents; he is survived by two sets; Paulett and Michael Mathewson Sr. in Oxford, Wisconsin, and William and Janice White in Phoenix, Arizona. His brothers are Patrick Eugene, Michael Allen Jr, and Michael. His sisters are Janice, Dee Ann, and Victoria. Sharon and Kemit Farley, part of his extended family that grew because of his heart, also survive him. Clayton also has many nieces and nephews.
Clayton loved to fish at the park near his home; Cortez Park at 35th Avenue and Dunlap, NE corner, behind the Walgreen’s. And it is for our love of Clayton that we will have a Gathering of Friends at "his" park on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 2:00pm. Please come, join us and share in the smiles, love and laughter that Clayton shared with all of us.
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