April 26, 1937 - Sept. 26, 2012
William L. Clayton, a retired longtime Hamburg teacher, died Wednesday in his Orchard Park home after a short illness. He was 75.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Clayton graduated from Buffalo State College with bachelor's and master's degrees in education.
He served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958 aboard the destroyer USS Haynsworth DD700.
From 1962 until he retired in 1996, Mr. Clayton was a junior high school science teacher in the Hamburg Central School District. In 1996, he received the Teacher of the Year award at Hamburg Junior High School.
After his retirement, he was a volunteer educator a the Penn-Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, where he led school groups in collecting and identifying fossils.
He traveled throughout the United State, Canada and the Caribbean.
An avid reader and musician, Mr. Clayton played the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. For many years, he played with the Hamburg Folk Music Group.
He also liked to golf and cross-country ski. His winters in retirement were spent in Marco Island, Fla., where he enjoyed boating, fishing, hiking and bird-watching.
He was an excellent photographer and enjoyed attending sporting events in which his sons and grandchildren participated. A loyal Sabres fan, he attended home games and away games in Florida.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Barbara MacLeod; three sons, Andrew, Alan and Matthew; a brother, Jeffrey L.; and a sister, Judith L. Morrow.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.