January 2, 1932 - January 28, 2018
Dr. A.L. Clay, 86, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018 in the comfort of his home in Medford, Oregon, with family by his side. He was born January 2, 1932 near Durham, Oklahoma to Alma G. (Riegel) and Joseph Loyd Clay.
A.L. attended a rural one-room elementary school, his mode of transportation his trusty and beloved blind horse Babe. In 1945 the family left Oklahoma for Oregon where A.L.’s athleticism was first recognized as a new student at McLaughlin Jr. High. A.L. graduated Medford High School in 1949, where he was a three-season athlete. He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field, coached by legends Bill Bowerman, and the then-young Fred Spiegelberg. A.L. went on to graduate from the University of Oregon as well as complete his R.O.T.C. training.
On August 17, 1952 he married Duane Carole Maddox, a Medford High 1949 classmate. His subsequent enlistment in the Air Force took the young couple to France where he served as a medical supply officer. Together, A.L. and his wife of 65 years produced, as A.L. would lightheartedly say, “Five kids. All of them girls except for four boys.” In 1957 A.L. entered dental school at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), in Portland, Ore. He received his D.M.D. in 1961. From that time forward he proceeded to work and build a solid practice in Medford where those he treated were not merely patients, but valued friends.
A.L. was an avid skier and tennis player. He loved to fly fish both in Oregon and Montana. He was also a serious hobby vintner who grew his own varietals and produced his own private label.
Preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Evelyn Strellman, A.L. is survived by his wife, Duane; five children, Scott (Dennis), Michael, Steve (Carol), Shannon (Russ), Andy (Annie); six grandchildren, Amelia, Shalaya, Garrett, Evan, Lauren, and Matthew, and one great-grandson, Wesley.
He is already missed. A celebration of this great life will be held later this year. The family invites you to visit www.never-gone.com for more photographs and memories of this wonderful man.