Clayton holding newborn Nate. The smile.
Clayton Russell Akers Matzen
  • 17 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 7, 1995
  • Date of passing: Oct 13, 2013
The memory of Clayton will be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Clayton Russell Akers Matzen, 17, born on December 7, 1995 and passed away on October 13, 2013. We will love and cherish you always, dear Clayton.

Please add tributes and stories if you have them. You can also upload pictures, music, quotes, tweets... all things Clayton... and thank you for giving a little bit of him back to us. We are so grateful for your contributions. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Victoria Akers on 7th December 2015

""Logically death means our loved ones never grow a year older, although logic does little to clear up our confusion when their birthday continues to happen year after year. Someone we love is gone, but we find that even in death their birthday still belongs to them; there’s no such thing as “no more,” as long as we’re here on earth to remember there will only be 'many mores'.” Clayton, would be 20 years old today and I'm so grateful for his birth day I will never stop celebrating it. I love you, Clayton."

This tribute was added by Victoria Akers on 7th December 2014

"I love you Clayton. I miss you so much. I wish I could hug you and give you a present and see your smile. I wish you were here. I'm so grateful for having you in my life."

This tribute was added by Patsy Penner on 14th October 2014

"I had the privilege today to help Vickie and Megan set a 2nd memorial cross to honor Clayton at 95th and Greenwich. He was a special person that seemed to have a positive impact on each person he met and got to know, wise beyond his years."

This tribute was added by megan martinez on 25th July 2014

"I believe this is well overdue, but Clayton definitely made me the happiest girl alive. His radiant smile could light up a room, his bright eyes could warm a heart, and his oh so unselfish personality could make the angriest person happy. So blessed to have known him, and even more blessed to call him my boyfriend."

This tribute was added by Yumiko Starr on 28th May 2014

"It's not so strange at all  that I think about Clayton everyday and and often talk about memories we shared together. Clayton and his family was big part of our past. We saw our boys growing up together on the soccer field. D and I talk  about what he might have done and may do as if you are here. Because We feel that he is around us. He may not be here in physical form, but he is always with us in our heart."

This tribute was added by jeff cantrell on 26th May 2014

"Hey Matzen...,I just wanted to let you know you were always one of those guys who helped me get back on my feet and laugh the bad times away. Im going to miss you so much man, Thanks for being a part of my life"

This tribute was added by Haley Southern on 8th May 2014

"I feel as if we have way too many memories as kids to even tell them all. Though less and less memories were made as we grew older, those millions of ones we have as kids are still fresh in my mind. I remember hide and seek in the dark, beating you in wii tennis, birthday parties, everything... He's not gone, not really."

This tribute was added by Dean Matacchiera on 6th May 2014

"You were told that I would make you cry. I may have, but we also laughed, played and truly enjoyed our time together. Your memory lives in me when I see parts of you in the boys I coach. You made me a better person and a better coach. I may cry but will also smile when I remember the time we shared. You are missed but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by Alicia Fulmer on 6th May 2014

"The picture of Clayton holding Nate is the age I remember him most at, he had such an amazing smile and so much energy!! :-) loved when the boys all played soccer at the bluegrass festival as well.. he was an amazing young man..."

This tribute was added by Gregg Myrtle on 6th May 2014

"Used to love watching this kid play Soccer.   He was intense and you could tell he really enjoyed competing.   He had a huge Smile and could light up a room with it.   See you on the other side buddy.   Gone way too early, but glad we had the chance to spend a little time together."

This tribute was added by Kim Matzen on 6th May 2014

"Man talk about going way back, we built some of the best Mega Block towers around, lost a couple power rangers in a mud puddle and tried to rescue them with Woofie.  We may have used Woofie as a basketball a time or two."

This tribute was added by Patsy Penner on 5th May 2014

"I was only around Clayton a few times but feel like I knew him a little, through his grandmother's eyes. He is greatly loved,"

This tribute was added by Diane Hoheisel on 5th May 2014

"RIP Clayton!  Gone but never forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Carrianne Burris on 5th May 2014

"Clayton will forever have a place in our hearts, he had an effect on more people than he realizes. You are amazing Clayton. We will see you soon buddy. Stay awesome! Rest in peace perfect."

This tribute was added by Matt Matzen on 5th May 2014

"Dad and Hillary, I'm going to take it way back... Clayton singing along to the song "centerfold". And "mom, I know what dad hates. He hates Metallica." Claytonisms...."

This tribute was added by Jeshua Pence on 4th May 2014

"Clayton and my brotherhood started in November of 2012 and it has done nothing but gotten stronger"

This tribute was added by Victoria Akers on 28th April 2014

"I will love and cherish you always, Clayton."


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Hillary Matzen
Victoria Akers

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