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Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Directors

1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Clay Warren Hunt

April 18, 1982March 31, 2011

Clay Warren Hunt, a war hero and giant-hearted humanitarian, died in Houston, Texas on Thursday, the 31st of March 2011, at the age of 28. He was an adventurer who experienced more, and gave back more to his country and his fellow man, than most men accomplish in a full lifetime. Clay grew up in Houston attending Spring Branch Schools – Rummel Creek Elementary, Memorial Middle School, and was a proud graduate of Stratford High School. He was a solid second baseman from Tee-ball to Pony League, and an accomplished junior golfer. However, his real passion was football and his fifth grade team’s win of the Tully Bowl gave him great joy. He also enjoyed playing for Stratford and “just being a part of a great group of guys” on the team during his senior season of 2001. Clay received an Associate degree from Blinn College in College Station, and attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Following his heart, Clay joined the United States Marine Corps in May of 2005, completed the School of Infantry in 2006, and shipped out to Iraq in January of 2007 as part of the Second Battalion, Seventh Regiment of the U.S.M.C. While on patrol in Anbar Province, near Fallujah, he was wounded in a sniper attack, earning a Purple Heart. Clay recuperated in 2007, and applied for and graduated from the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School in February of 2008. His scout sniper teams shipped out to an area near Sangin, Afghanistan in March of 2008 as part of NATO’s multi-national force deployed against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. Clay’s unit returned to the states in October of 2008, and he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in April of 2009. Clay cherished his time in the Marine Corps and the unconditional and absolute bonds of camaraderie that he built with his band of brothers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He often wondered why he survived when so many close friends and others paid the ultimate price for our nation’s freedom. Clay continued to give back to ease the suffering of others in January of 2010, when he and Marine brother Jake Wood and others founded Team Rubicon, an early response team for natural disaster relief. Clay and Team Rubicon entered Port-Au Prince, Haiti one week after that country’s devastating earthquake, and immediately established field medical facilities, and secured transportation to those facilities for thousands of injured Haitians during a month-long stay in that ravaged country. Team Rubicon was on the ground saving lives long before the Red Cross and other institutional organizations were up and running. Clay found his true calling for service in the chaos of Haiti, and his warrior mentality along with his compassion for others were the perfect combination to deliver “hands-on” medical and other humanitarian aid to those so desparately in need. Clay also went to Chile in 2010 with Team Rubicon to aid earthquake victims in that nation, and returned to Haiti in June of 2010 on a follow-up mission. He also “felt the pain and did something about it” of his fellow veterans by participating in four Ride2Recovery challenges to raise money for struggling wounded veterans across the U.S. Additionally, he helped lobby Congress on behalf of Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America for better and more timely delivery of benefits for our veterans of these two conflicts. Clay had a smile that would light up a room, and his boundless energy was his greatest asset. No family could have had a better son. Clay is survived by his mother, Susan Selke and her husband Richard, and father, Stacy Hunt and his wife Dianne, all of Houston; his maternal grandparents, Bill and Muriel Knotts of Huntsville; his sister, Allison Hamilton and her husband David of Houston; his beloved niece, Annabelle; his four step-sisters, Lindsay Akhtar and her husband Jehan of Dallas, Erin Moses and her husband Bobby of Houston, Amy Stephens and her husband David of Denver, and Lauren Hendrix of Austin; his step-brother, Stephen Hendrix and his wife Ricki of Houston. Clay was loved by his aunts, uncles and cousins, Cindy and Bill Knotts and their sons Brian, Brad and Blake of Colleyville, Marilyn and Rick Terrell, their son Ryan Terrell and his wife Brooke, and their daughter Meredith Bell and her husband Lance, all of Houston, and John and Janice Knots of Huntsville. Clay was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Warren and Merlyne Hunt of Houston. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Steve Cragg, Youth Minister of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, Jake Wood and the other Marine brothers, all of whom remained steadfast in their efforts to help Clay overcome the grip of depression that finally overtook our beloved son. Clay knew Christ and is in a better place. A memorial service celebrating Clay’s life is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Monday, the 4th of April, at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive in Houston. Immediately following the Service, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Clay’s name be directed to Team Rubicon, Inc., P.O. Box 7476, Santa Monica, CA, 90406 (www.teamrubiconusa.org); or to Ride2Recovery, 23679 Calabasas Rd., #420, Calabasas, CA, 91302, (www.ride2recovery.com).

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, April 4, 2011

Memories

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August 8, 2017

Your light still shines.
Wish you were here to know how much you're loved.

jonathan Eastman

June 1, 2016

John very sorry to hear of the loss of your nephew Clay. He was an amazng person, selfless, caring, keeper of his fellow man, a warrior and a Marine.
He had great role models also, his family on both sides, he had wonderful parents and siblings. Semper Fi !
God Bless,
Jon Eastman

October 29, 2015

Please know that Clay remains in the hearts and minds of many.

Debra Center

April 1, 2015

May the memories of Clay remain in your hearts always.You were blessed with a wonderful son and I pray that he is at peace.Semper Fi...

C B

December 13, 2014

Clay, I just saw your parents on the Rachel Maddow Show.... You are in my prayers along with all other veterans dealing with the pain you once had.

You are appreciated, your life is still worth so much.
I pray the act named after you will pass in the Senate. I pray your parents hard work will continue to pay off. The awareness being raised is amazing.

I pray for your family. And will continue to admire their strength. I hope your memory will live on to help the many veterans who aren't appreciated as they should be in our country.
Thank you.

Chloe
College Station, Texas

December 7, 2014

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

December 7, 2014

I first learned of Clay while researching a paper for school. I have read so much about him and his life through the interviews with his family and friends. I feel blessed to have come to know his story, I am so deeply touched by it and feel I have come to know him in a way. The book I read was The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien; I feel that Clay carried so much himself. His big heart felt perhaps too much, too strongly, but that is a great virtue. Ernest Hemingway once said “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.” Clays life has had such a profound effect on so many people and all of the good acts and deeds in his honor are something I am sure he is very happy about. I am certain that he is with the lord, in a better place, looking down and protecting everyone! I can not fully express my great sympathy for the family and friends. I can not imagine losing my son. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish Susan and Stacy the best with your efforts in Washington. I believe that through the stories we share and retell our loved ones live on. God bless you all. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate.

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee." -Shakespeare

Sincerely, Daniela Pena Solis
daniela.penasolis@my.tccd.edu

Susan L

July 10, 2014

Dear Hunt and Selke Families:
Words cannot express the gratitude we all feel to your dear son Clay as well as our profound sadness at your loss. May we all do everything we can to support any and ALL efforts to prevent the loss of any servicemen and women who selflessly gave their lives and happiness to keep our country safe and free. My heart has broken learning of your loss and the losses for so many other families. I hope you feel the love of many and prayers for healing, if that is possible..

Julia Becker

April 7, 2014

I am deeply sorry for your families loss. I want to thank you for your son, brother, nephew, uncle, and grandchild 's service to our country. Reading Clay's obituary it was easy to see he was a man of selfless serving for our country as well as helping other countries following natural disasters. I have two brothers that served in the Middle East. One brother now works as a Chaplin for a base in Tuscan. He has had our family pray frequently for those who's pain after the war has left them suicidal. I know he has lost men he knew with no warning. I will continue to pray for some peace for your families. I hope you take some comfort in knowing you raised Clay to be a believer and the hope of reuniting one day. My brother has shared that there are many who are not. God Bless you all!

March 31, 2014

To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die

FROM THE FAMILY