Stanley Rue Claybrook, 87 of Canton, Texas entered his heavenly home on January 10, 2024, with his wife of 68 years, Margaret, by his side.
Stan is preceded in death by his father Henry Reu Claybrook, mother Willie Ruth Comte Claybrook, brother Lester Lee Claybrook, and daughter Janice Diane Claybrook. He is survived by wife Margaret Ann Houser Claybrook, daughters Deborah Claybrook Moody and husband Larry, Cheryl Courson and husband Gregory, Paula Bright and Sandra Van den Hul; siblings Donald Claybrook, Lanora Suggs, Elizabeth Birmingham and Dorothy Cookman and husband Mike, 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Born in Graham, Texas, Stan attended elementary through high school in Graham and later attended Flour Bluff High School near Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from the Airport Flying School of Addison, obtaining a Private Pilot license and graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Engineering and Applied Science with a Certificate in Networking Technologies.
Beginning in his teenage years, Stan worked as a plumber with his father. In 1955, he started at General Dynamics in Ft Worth and later worked for Moorman Brothers Plumbing in Dallas. After moving to California in 1965, Stan owned Mid Vally Plumbing Co, where he held a Contractor's License with the State of California. Returning to Texas in 1971, he worked for Dallas Plumbing, Universal Plumbing , owned National Plumbing Repair, Stan-Marge Plumbing, and My Mechanical. A licensed Master Plumber, Stan used his expert skills and knowledge in both the residential and commercial fields. Several Denny's Restaurants in California, Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and a baptistry in Laredo, Texas were special memories for him.
Stan received a Certificate of Appreciation for Valued Service from Dallas Postal Credit Union, Staff Employee of the Year and FY10 Recognition Award from DeVry University and retired from DeVry.
He was ordained as a deacon in 1987 at First Baptist Church Mesquite, attended Lakeside Baptist Church in Canton and over the years held many positions including Sunday School teacher, choir member, various committees, and participated in mission trips.
Stan enjoyed driving through the country roads photographing old barns, reading and traveling by cruise ship where he and Margaret voyaged 13 times.