Larry L. Clay 89, was born on the Clay homestead in Old Meadows Sept. 1, 1925, the sixth of seven children of Henry and Katie Clay. Larry grew up on the ranch homesteaded by his grandfather, Thomas Clay, one of the first settlers in Meadows Valley. Larry attended high school at New Meadows.
As with all the Clays, Larry at a young age began working for the Circle C Ranch. Being a cowboy was a lifelong ambition and in 1949 he was the all-around cowboy at the Riggins Rodeo. He was a charter member of the Salmon River Cowboys Association and an active member until his passing. He was a member of the Grangeville Elks Lodge for 37 years. Larry enjoyed time spent with family, friends and rodeoing.
In 1952, he was introduced to Hazel Gill, a past princess of the Grangeville Border Days, the daughter of Charles and Goldie Gill. She grew up on the Gill Point Ranch which is still family owned. They were married Aug. 24, 1952, in Grangeville, Idaho, and spent the next 62 years together.
Larry and Hazel worked for Circle C Ranch until it was sold. They spent 42 years at various ranch locations, with 34 summers spent at the Round Valley Ranch. They then moved to their present home in New Meadows.
Larry is survived by his wife, Hazel; his son, Rick of Meridian; many nephews, nieces and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Katie Clay; his sister, Margaret; his older brothers, Tommy, Ed, Frank, Albert and younger brother, Dick.
Services will be Thursday, June 4, 1 p.m. (MDT) at the Meadows Valley Cemetery, followed by a potluck dinner at 3 p.m. at the New Meadows Senior Center.
Pastor Cliff Scheline is officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Senior Center of New Meadows, or a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Heikkila Funeral Chapel of McCall.
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