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Clayton Albert Kreiger

December 23, 1944 — May 2, 2024

Sandpoint, Idaho

After a long and courageous battle with lymphoma, Clayton Albert Kreiger passed peacefully at home on May 2nd, 2024. Born in Cave Junction, OR on December 23rd, 1944, Clayton was the only child of the union of Clayton Ray Kreiger and his wife Vivian Garrison. He lost both of his parents at a young age, and spent his adolescent years with his sister Leah Cabler and her husband Harold. Raised alongside various nieces and nephews, Clayton excelled at using his youngest niece as “bait for the girls”. He was an amazing athlete, earning the 1962 state wrestling championship. He was finally inducted into the Grant Pass Athletic Hall of Fame in 2023.

Upon graduation, Clayton joined the Air Force and served as a dental technician in Sacramento and Turkey. He married his high school sweetheart, and this union produced two sons and a daughter. When he was discharged from the military, he and his little family settled in Grants Pass, then moved to Seattle for an opportunity with Boeing.

Upon the dissolution of this marriage, Clayton met the love of his life on a skiing weekend at Snoqualmie. Beverly and Clayton were married in 1977, joining two families together. While there were no additional children added, the union did create a large family of 7.

In 1979, the family relocated to the serenity of Sandpoint, settling into the home located on the Upper Pack River. Clayton enjoyed stints working for the old skating rink at the fairgrounds, driving school bus for the district, watching the oil tanks overnight at McFarland, and finally checking boats for invasive species. He officially retired in 2021.

Upon the death of his beloved Beverly in 2002, Clayton met Gena McLean, with whom he spent the past 20 years enjoying all that life still had to offer.
Clayton is survived by his partner Gena of the home, his son's Craig Kreiger and Erik (Mary) Kreiger of Sandpoint, RJ Lager (Sadie) of Warren, OR, and his daughters Krista Kreiger of Goram, ME and Christine Cooper of Oklahoma City, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his beloved wife Beverly. A remembrance gathering will be scheduled for later this summer, there will be no service at this time.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Kurt Dean for always being a pillar of support. In addition, thank you to the Kootenai Cancer Services in both Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene. All of the nurses at BGH and KMC, and especially to Dr. Jeffery Allen who is an amazing communicator and source of strength. Endeavor to persevere!


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