Clayton “Clay” Lee Humble, age 76 of Phelan, passed away at home on March 21, 2021, after a short battle with cancer.
Clay was born in Pasadena, California, on June 17, 1944. He lived in Agoura Hills as a child with his parents and brother, Vance. As a teenager, Clay and his family moved to Wrightwood, where he would spend most of his adult life.
Clay served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-1968. He served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of Sergeant. After he was honorably discharged in 1968, he returned to Wrightwood and worked for the Adelanto Sheriff’s Department. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Judy. They had a short courtship and were married on July 31, 1970. They celebrated 50 remarkable years together in 2020.
He was a patriarch of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Phelan, where he was a member and attended for more than 30 years with his wife Judy and their three children. He loved Jesus with all of his heart and would share the Gospel with everyone. He was a prayer warrior, and his stories blessed all who heard them. He was active in men’s groups and Lambs Food Ministry. He was a mentor and friend to anyone that met him. He was admired by many, and his legacy will live on for many years to come.
He is survived by his three children, Chrissy, Travis, and Jessica, and two grandchildren, Alahna and Dominic, along with many who knew and loved him very much. Clay will be remembered for his faith in the Lord, his kindness, strength, humor, dislike of taking photos, and most of all for his life roles as a dedicated husband, loving father, and unforgettable Papa.
Memorial services were held at Riverside National Cemetary on April 22, 2021, and at New Life Church in Phelan on April 23, 2021.