Max Claridge Layton
Dec 27, 1922 - Mar 01, 2008

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Max Claridge Layton, 85, passed away on March 2, 2008, at his home in Beaver Dam, Arizona after a long battle with cancer. He was born December 27, 1922 in Solomonville, Arizona to Leslie Williams and Ellen Grimshaw Claridge Layton. He married Clella Joyce McBride on January 5, 1946, in Prescott, Arizona. Max learned hard work at an early age, growing up on his fatherís 400 acre farm in Solomonville. He helped raise cotton and hay, fed and cared for hundreds of head of cattle, and drove tractor and a team of horses. He was educated in the Gila Valley and graduated from Safford High School. After one year at Gila Junior College (now Eastern Arizona College) he joined the Army in 1943.

Max served in World War II in the Armyís 269th Field Artillery Battalion, including fighting with Pattenís Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge. After World War II, he returned to Tempe, Arizona and married Joyce where they farmed and had a dairy herd. In 1949, they moved from Tempe to Mud Mountain on the Arizona Strip where they ranched for over fifty years. Max and Joyce lived in St. George for twenty years before moving to Beaver Dam, Arizona in 1972. Max and Joyce devoted their entire life to their family and to farming and ranching.

Max is survived by Joyce, his wife of 62 years, of Beaver Dam, Arizona; daughter Leslie Layton of St. George, son Steve (LaRene) Layton of Beaver Dam; and daughter Jill (John) Romney of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren: Lanie Dakin, Ellie (Patrick) Paolantonio, John B. (Debbie) Dakin, Rokelle Layton, Kolter Layton, Kimberly Romney, Jen (Art) Moore, Katie Romney, Chris Romney, Jason Romney, and Julie Romney; and three great-grandsons: Ethan Moore, Milo Moore, and Benjamin Dakin. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, five brothers, and three sisters. Max was the last of Christopher Laytonís grandsons. Christopher Layton settled Layton, Utah and pioneered and colonized the Gila Valley in Arizona. Max was proud of his pioneer heritage. He will be missed by his family.

At Maxís request, a private family service was held on Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Littlefield, Arizona, under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. Interment was in the Littlefield Cemetery. Condolences can be offered at