James Urban Clayton

January 8, 1945March 13, 2019

James “Jim” Urban Clayton, 74, died on March 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. He was born on January 8, 1945, in McAllen, Texas, and was the second of three children. The family eventually settled in Fort Bend County. He was a proud native Texan and spoke of it often.

He was a 1963 graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School, where he was a two-sport letterman, particularly a standout football player. He was lovingly known as “Cheech” to all of his LCHS classmates. He attended The University of Texas - Pan American and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Jim married Judy Gerland on July 20, 1968. Together, they had two children, Jennifer and Todd. They remained married until her death in 1986.

As a salesman in industrial water treatment for most of his career, he was afforded many lasting relationships across the country. He was a devoted and loyal friend. He was a fierce competitor and a diehard Texas Longhorn and Houston Astros fan.

His absolute pride and joy were his five granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. He had a unique relationship with each one and loved and supported them unconditionally. He said his biggest regret would be to not be present for all of their graduations and other life achievements.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Carole Clayton; his father, Leon Victor Clayton; and his brother, Edward “Burns” Clayton.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and husband, Ryan Palm; son, James “Todd” and wife, Sarah Clayton; granddaughters, Haley, and husband Ryan Tenscher; Avery Claire, Payton, and Gretchen Palm and Emma Clayton; great grandchildren, Clayton and Brooke-Marie Tenscher; mother, Eddie Grace Clayton; sister, Ann Riddell; sister-in-law, Barbara James; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Clements-Wilcox Chapel in Burnet, Texas. Jennifer and Todd would like to specifically thank his entire Medical ICU and Palliative Care teams at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas for their extraordinary care and compassion during his last days. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas.


  • Jennifer Palm, Daughter
  • James Todd Clayton, Son
  • Haley Tenscher, Granddaughter
  • Avery Claire Palm, Granddaughter
  • Payton Palm, Granddaughter
  • Gretchen Palm, Granddaughter
  • Emma Clayton, Granddaughter
  • Clayton Tenscher, Great Grandchild
  • Brooke-Marie Tenscher, Great Grandchild
  • Eddie Grace Clayton, Mother
  • Ann Riddell, Sister
  • Jim is also survived by his sister-in-law Barbara James and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Lupus Foundation of America


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 23, 2019

James Urban Clayton

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LaDina Epstein

March 16, 2019

I’m so sorry . Jim was sweet and kind and had a great smile. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Glenn Dresner

March 16, 2019

Jim was a real quality friend that I was fortunate to get to know from our working together at the WA Parish Plant. We had such memories of Friday’s at the Booth Trading Post and watching college football on Saturday’s. Now Jim is basking in God’s Glory with his soul mate and wife, Judy. Jim, thanks for the memories to a wonderful neighbor and family man.

Cathie Dusek Coleman

March 15, 2019

So sorry for your loss ! Jim was a classmate for most of our school years! A sweet and gentle young man! He will be truly missed! Praying for your family!🙏☦️

Ron Culp

March 15, 2019

Jim was a great class act guy to work with for 30+ years with both Infilco Degremont and our Hartwell Environmental family. He will be truly missed! God speed Jim!

Susan Scheffer

March 15, 2019

Jim was a good guy - sweet, well-liked, thoughtful... and a good friend for many years, from Jane Long Elementary to LCHS. I, too, was class of ‘63. I will miss him. I am so sorry for your loss.