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CARROLL, Clayton Robert

April 28, 1920–August 28, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and brother, Clayton Robert Carroll, who passed away peacefully at his home early Sunday morning, August 28, 2011, at the age of 91 years

Clayton was born on the family farm at Nevis, Alberta, April 28, 1920. He moved with his family to Calgary in 1935. Upon graduation from Central High School, Clayton enrolled at The Alberta School of Technology (now SAIT Polytechnic), and graduated in Automotives in 1940. Growing up in rural Alberta during the Depression, Clayton believed that by taking a trade, he would always have employable skills. Following his graduation from SAIT, Clayton was to have entered the Canadian Navy but was encouraged to report to the Munitions plant at Ogden.  He soon became foreman for the building of naval guns for the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. One of these is still on display in the Museum of the Regiments in Calgary. Following the war he resumed his automotive career first as Service Manager at Hammill Motors, and then moved to White Motor Company of Canadaas Western Canada Sales Manager for five years. In 1953 Clayton and James F. Burns Sr. created Pioneer Paving Ltd. Pioneer built “everything from driveways to freeways”. During this time Clayton and the Burn’s family mined local gravel holdings for their road projects. He also served as a director of the Alberta Road Builders Association. In 1964 Clayton began his entry into the cattle breeding industry by purchasing a small farm near White Rock, B.C., starting with Charolais cattle. In 1977 he realized a boyhood dream of owning a working ranch with the purchase of Carroll Canyon Ranch on Highwood River south of Longview, Alberta where he bred and raised Red Angus cattle. The ranch was truly Clayton’s pride and joy. He spent as much time as possible there following the sale of Pioneer Paving in 1978. Throughout his life, Clayton had interest in a variety of business projects as he always liked a challenge. Most notable of these was his part in forming Norse Explorations Ltd. With oil well drilling ventures in Alberta and Oklahoma, as well as other business ventures in Canada and theUnited States. Clayton has been a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary South since 1957. He had served as a Club Director, on numerous committees and as President in 1973-74. Rotary’s Four Way Test played a large part of Clayton’s life. He was a supporter of many charities and endeavours of several Calgary activities such as the CPO, Heritage Park, the Calgary Stampeder Football Club where he was a season ticket holder since their first games at Mewata Stadium in 1947. At Pioneer Paving he assured the football club that he would have the entry roads and parking lot paved in time for the opening of McMahon Stadium in 1960.

With his gift to the SAIT Automotive building in 2000, it was only through urging by SAIT the building be named The Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre. His scholarship awards to graduating automotive students will continue for many years. Clayton was a very unassuming man, and was never one to seek accolades of any kind, nevertheless these awards were bestowed on him.

2003 – Rotary International’s highest honor “Service Above Self” award

2005 – Distinguished Alumnus award by SAIT Polytechnic

2005 – The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal to Albertans who had demonstrated contribution to their fellow citizens, to their community, to Alberta

2005 – Voted one of the 50 Greatest Albertans by Venture Magazine

2008 – Was made Honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology by SAIT Polytechnic in recognition of his significant contribution to the automotive sector, extraordinary achievement in industry, distinction in public service and outstanding contributions to SAIT Polytechnic.

Clayton said he never intended to retire, but both he and Norma had many good times at their snowbird home in Phoenix, frequent winter stays in Maui, world-wide travels to Rotary International Conventions, cruises with family and friends, motor travelling throughout Canada and the United States and many West Coast outings on their much loved boat “The Mayfair”. He loved going out for dinner, a game of bridge or cribbage anytime.

Clayton is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Norma; sister Fern Sawyer of Calgary; stepson Norman Asmundson (Elaine); stepdaughter Marilyn Hogan (Patrick); grandchildren Ryan Asmundson (Carla); Keri Zoppi (Rob); Craig Hogan (Sandy); Blair Hogan, six great-grandchildren Parker Asmundson, Tyler and Madison Zoppi, Suzie, Austen and Willem Hogan, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Clayton was predeceased by his parents Abe and Ella Carroll, first wife Marjorie (Duckworth), sister Irene Cunningham, brother Alan Carroll, adopted daughter Dorothy Carroll Hagerman (Norma’s Daughter).

Clayton Carroll was a caring, humble man, a true gentleman, loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather, and great- grandfather. He will be sorely missed by his family and by all those who knew him.

Funeral Services will be held at GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1009 – 15th Avenue S.W. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  Forward condolences through Memorial tributes may be made directly to The Rotary Club of Calgary South, L103C, 9705 Horton Road, S.W., Calgary, AB, T2V 2X5 Telephone: 403-244-9788, or Clayton Carroll Scholarship fund at SAIT Polytechnic, 1301 16th Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 0L4 Telephone: 403-284-7248 or to a charity of choice.


In living memory of Clayton Carroll, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Beautifully written Grandma. Love you.

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  2. Dearest Norma,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. We didn’t have the opportunity to know Clayton very well but by all accounts he was truly a wonderful man and will be dearly missed by all…
    Please take care of yourself,

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  3. Dear Norma and family,

    Sincere condolences to you and your family. Clayton will be sadly missed at Rotary. He was an absolute icon.

    In friendship and sympathy,

    Roselyn Jack

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  4. Robin Armstrong - Arnason :

    So sorry for your loss… I did not know Uncle Clayton very well, but my mother adored him and missed him. I know you took great care of him these last few months. take care and again so sorry for the loss and my thoughts are with you!
    Love Robin

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  5. Roslyne Buchanan :

    I fondly remember Mr. Carroll from my time working in Alumni & Development at SAIT. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
    Condolences to all the family,
    Roslyne Buchanan

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  6. Jim & Judy Thompson :

    Norma, please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Clayton, a wonderful & honest gentleman, who always had a kind word for everyone he encountered. He was a rare Rotarian that truly followed the 4 way test in everything he did & he will be missed by all that knew him. We were privileged to have known him & spend some fun times with you both. JIM & JUDY

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  7. Dear Norma – we were very sorry to hear of your loss. Clayton was a fine man and great citizen and will be missed by all Rotary and many friends. We always watched for your attendance at the Stamps games and hoped he enjoyed the outings.
    Wes and Gene Stephens

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  8. Auntie Norma – our thoughts are with you at this time. Uncle Clayton was an extraordinary person who will be greatly missed. I will always remember his warm smile and genuine personality. I feel privileged to have known this gentle giant. Sending big hugs to you all.
    Love Jamie and family

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  9. Manfred and Marianne Jost :

    Dear Norma,
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We wish you all the strength you need.
    We think of you.
    Manfred and Marianne Jost

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  10. Sheri Merchant :

    Auntie Norma – I always knew Uncle Clayton was a good man. As a little girl who loved horses, he was a super hero and when he shared that hearty laugh with me I felt very special. After reading all that has been written in the last few days, I have changed my mind. Uncle Clayton wasn’t a good man – he was Extraordinary! I am blessed to have known him and to have seen him this summer – albeit briefly. My condolences to you and the family. Love Sheri

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  11. Shelagh Anderson :

    Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and the angels know of us.

    – Thomas Paine (1737-1809) English intellectual.

    Dear Norma,

    I will always have great memories of my many conversations about horses, photography and business with Mr. Carroll when I filled in for Mom at the office over the years.

    He offered great wisdom and insight on many topics and I always looked forward to him “checking in”. No one can ever say that Mr. Carroll was an idle man. The way he lived his life is indeed an inspiration to me and to generations to come.

    My thoughts are with you and your family and with my Mom during this difficult time.

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  12. Beverley Fleming (MacLeod) :

    Dear Marilyn & family,
    I was sad to learn of the passing of your step-dad Marilyn. I am sure this is a difficult time but a celebration as well of a good man, and a life well lived! Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Dear Norma,

    I will always treasure the time I had with Clayton while I worked at SAIT. He was a true philanthropist who wanted nothing more but to give back to his community without ever wanting any public recognition. It was an honour and privelege to work with him.

    My condolences to your and your family.

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  14. Rogers & Joann Lehew :

    Clayton was always a dear friend that I would never forget. As GM of the Stampeders, when Crowchild Trail was built and paved, he guaranteed me the road would be open on Game Day. He was a man of his word, and my respect for him has grown each day since. We lost a great person, and I will always be indebted to him. Love and respect to his family,
    Rogers and Joann Lehew

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  15. Dorothy Mathieson :

    Dear Norma and family,
    Sorry for your loss, Norma. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I know words are of little comfort, but I wanted to let you know I am thnking about you.

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  16. janice elander brown :

    I never had the opportunity to meet Clayton, however, my mother spoke of him often. My mother, Agnes Elander, was his cousin. She often spoke of fond memories. I am sorry for your loss,
    God Bless

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