Clayton R. Hazelbaker: 1947-2004
November 14, 2004
U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) Clayton R. Hazelbaker, 57, of Meeker died Nov. 11, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
Clayton Royce Hazelbaker was born Aug. 24, 1947, in Glenwood Springs, the son of Hosea Bud and May (Steinmetz) Hazelbaker. He was raised in Meeker, graduating with the Meeker High School class of 1965. After his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country during the Vietnam War. While serving, Clayton was wounded and was subsequently awarded the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry as well as numerous other commendations and awards.
Clayton later re-enlisted in the service, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1991. He returned to Meeker where he worked for Northwest Transport in Silt and also did ranch work upriver and oil field work.
Clayton was a member of V.F.W. Post 5843 in Meeker, having managed the club lounge for many years. He was an excellent marksman and enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping.
Survivors include one sister, Beverly Prosence, of Phoenix; one brother, Conrad Hazelbaker, of Craig; several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Highland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the White River Museum or the Meeker Emergency Food Bank through Cochran Memorial Chapel, PO Box 1048, Meeker 81641.