Meet the Candidate for 2021 SUP National President-Elect: John Clayton

John Clayton

I come from a long line of pioneer ancestry on both my paternal and maternal sides of my family.  Some of these ancestors are well known to anyone who knows pioneer history, while others are not well known, but they all have had a profound impact on me and helped shape who I am today. 

Our pioneer heritage was important to my parents and grandparents, so it became important to me as well as a young boy.  Some of my fondest memories include hearing stories about my pioneer ancestors from many of my family members and learning about the things they had to endure and how they persevered but also remained stalwart individuals.  Their examples of hard work, service, and gratitude have been a constant in my life that I have strived to live by.

I have been married to my beautiful wife, Kathy, for 45 years.  We have three children and we have been blessed with five grandchildren.  We love making memories with one another, whether it be game night, a family dinner, or traveling together.  Since it was such a big part of my upbringing, I have always tried to instill a love of our pioneer heritage into our children.  It brings us great joy and happiness to watch an appreciation and love of their ancestors start to blossom and take root in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my entire life.  This has allowed me the opportunity to serve those around me starting from a young age.  As a young man I served in the Florida South mission.  Since then I have been able to serve in many different capacities within the church, including: Stake Executive Secretary, Stake Young Adult President, Young Men’s Presidency at the stake and ward level, High Priest Group Leader, Ward Mission Leader, Instructor, and Assistant Scout Master. 

The scouting program is a program I believed in and I served there in my church callings and on a volunteer basis outside of my church callings.  I became an Eagle Scout and have actively stayed involved in Boy Scouts of America program since then.  I have volunteered with the BSA as an Advisor to the Order of the Arrow, District Training Chairman, District Vice Chair over the Cub Scouts, Varsity Coach, Explorer Advisor, Committee Member, and Committee Chair. 

I was very humbled and honored when I was nominated and received the Silver Beaver award for my efforts in serving the Boy Scouts of America.  Because of my time spent with that organization I was asked to be the liaison for the BSA and the which I have been doing for 5 years. I have been a member of SUP for 19 years.  I am currently serving as the President of the Snow Horse Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.  I am also the Program Director for the Trails Committee for the SUP and am a member of the Utah Historical Society. 

Hard work is one of the traits I learned from my pioneer ancestors that I have tried to instill in my life from a young age, especially when it came to my professional career.  When I graduated from high school, I joined the Army Reserves and served there for 13 years.  I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering.  I went on to receive my Professional Engineering license and currently hold licenses in 13 different states. 

I am a Certified Welding Inspector with the American Welding Society.  I hold an API 653 certificate and an STI certificate.  I recently became certified as a Project Manager Professional with the Project Managers Institute.  I currently work for Rocky Mountain Fabrication in Salt Lake City.  I have worked in many capacities there and I am currently the Sales Manager, the Managing Resident Employee of all Contractors Licenses and the Chief Engineer. 

As I look back over my life, I can see the influence my pioneer ancestors and heritage have had in my life.  I think it is so important to preserve their sacrifices, trials, and their happiness for our posterity so they can also incorporate the lessons of hard work, service, and gratitude into their own lives.  If we can do that, our pioneer heritage can continue to live on for generations to come. 

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