Clay Glen Sweat, a lifelong resident of Chewelah, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2014 at his home on the ranch, where he lived his entire life. Clay was born on Sept. 20, 1937 to Elmer and Nellie Sweat. He attended and graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1955. Following high school, Clay continued to work on the family ranch while serving in the Army National Guard for nine years.
He was a longtime member of the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association and served as president for some time. In 1971, Clay and his father were awarded Cattlemen of the Year. Other awards he received included Conservation Farmer of the Year and Outstanding Young Farmer.
In 1962, he married Louise Cole. Together they maintained the ranch and spent many years bowling. Their love for the game was evident and provided many trophies to fill their home. Clay and Louise had four children, Larry, Linda, Lisa, and Lana. As the children grew, Clay managed to be a rancher and attended many of the children’s sporting events and school activities. Even after his children graduated, he could still be found sitting in the bleachers on a Friday and Saturday night, cheering on his hometown Chewelah Cougars.
After 40 years of marriage, Louise passed away in 2003. By this time, Clay was handing most of the ranch work over to his son, Larry, leaving more time for him to spend with his grandchildren and supporting them in their school, 4-H, and athletic endeavors.
On Jan. 10, 2005, Clay married Jo Ann Kidder, adding three step-children and four step-grandchildren to the family.
Clay was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, and by his parents, Elmer and Nellie Sweat.
He is survived by his wife Jo Ann; son Larry and his wife Angie; daughters Linda Krieger and husband Terry; Lisa Sweat; Lana Skok and husband Tom; step-children Ron, Randy, and Kathy; grandchildren Katrina, Cody, Larissa, and Andrew Sweat; Jaelynn, Nicholas, Grady, and Zane Skok; Amanda, Savannah, Alea, and Kendall; sisters Darlene Maxwell, and husband Bill Maxwell; Virginia Rotondo, Kathy Klick, and Lu Stocker and husband Chuck.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date on the family ranch. If one so wishes, memorial contributions can be made in Clay’s name to the Chewelah Cougar Boosters, P.O. Box 725, Chewelah, WA 99109.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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