Bill Clayton honored as Citizen of the Year

Former Englewood councilmember is active volunteer in city

Posted 5/20/19

Two people had a profound impact on Englewood citizen Bill Clayton in his life. The first was his father, who moved to Denver in 1946 once he left the Air Force. He didn't have any money, or a place …

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Bill Clayton honored as Citizen of the Year

Former Englewood councilmember is active volunteer in city

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Two people had a profound impact on Englewood citizen Bill Clayton in his life.

The first was his father, who moved to Denver in 1946 once he left the Air Force. He didn't have any money, or a place to live, but the first thing he did was join the Red Cross. The other person was his uncle, who Clayton says would give the coat off his back to anyone without one when it was cold outside.

After Clayton spoke about his father and uncle, Englewood City Councilmember Laurett Barrentine highlighted Clayton's accomplishments as he was honored as Englewood's 2019 Citizen of the Year at a May 13 Malley Recreation Center event.

“Your father and uncle would be very proud of you. When I (first) served on council, the very first thing you did was not (talk) about an issue or council thing — you made sure I know where the House of Hope is,” said Barrentine. The Family Tree House of Hope provides safe shelter to mothers who are homeless. “You put me to work.”

A 1964 Englewood High School graduate, Clayton, 72, held various management positions for Disney companies and currently provides property management services through Baltija LLC and TBAC LLC. He served on Englewood City Council from 1988 to 1991 and is an active member of the board of directors at Family Tree, the nonprofit that provides services to those who experience homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse.

“The way we become a better place is we work together, and then it becomes a better place," Clayton said at the ceremony. "I'm terribly honored and humbled by this honor.”

Clayton also is a volunteer reading coach at Cherrelyn Elementary School in Englewood and a volunteer at Colorado's Finest High School of Choice.

Among those who attended the Citizen of the Year ceremony was Englewood Mayor Linda Olson.

“I'm very thankful for what you have done to serve our community and taking on some challenging issues,” Olson said.

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