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Clayton Motl

     Clayton Motl, 76, formerly of Cavalier, North Dakota passed away January 4 at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Mass of the Christian burial will be held January 10 at 10:00 AM, at All Saints Catholic Church in Mesa.

     Clayton was born Aug 30, 1943 in Dawson North Dakota to Cornelius and Clara Motl. He graduated in 1961 from Pembina High School in North Dakota. He went on to attend and graduate from Wahpton State School of Science. He joined North Dakota National Guard in 1967.

     In July 1969 he married Yvonne Goulet of Cavalier North Dakota. They had two children Jason and Jennifer and lived in Cavalier for 44 years. They were active members of the community and of St. Brigid's Catholic Church. Clayton was in business installing floor coverings in Cavalier for 14 years. In 1984 through 2013 Clayton and Yvonne owned and operated Motl Greenhouse and Floral until retirement.  After retiring they spent their summers at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota and winters in Mesa Arizona. He enjoyed fishing and golfing and was an avid fan of Minnesota Vikings and never missed watching the Phoenix Suns.

     Survivors include his wife Yvonne, children Jason (Cavalier, North Dakota), Jennifer (Mesa, Arizona). Grandchildren Jacob, Jessica, Joshua, and one great grandchild. Sisters; Connie, Mandan, North Dakota, Claire (Paul) Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

     Proceeding in death, his parents Cornelius and Clara. Brothers, Charles, Clarence, and George.

     A graveside service will be held Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, Cavalier, ND.


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Aloha, Yvonne,
I am so sorry to learn that Clayton went home to the Lord. You had 50 wonderful years. I was so happy to spend some time with you at our class reunion last year. My heart goes out to you and your family. Blessings.

Olivia Castro May 27 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Clayton. Hugs to you and the family from Mom & myself.

Terri Grill (Bachand) Jan 24 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Yvonne
My sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Clayton. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Take care my friend. Prayers are sent your way.

Tamara Wetherall Jan 18 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Yvonne,
I am so sorry to hear of Claytons passing my sincere sympathy to you and the kids. It sounds like you had some nice retirement experiences after working so hard for so many years. Sending much love
Alice ( OToole)

Alice Poehls Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

Yvonne and families you have been in our thoughts and prayers deepest sympathy.

sue longtin Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathies to Yvonne and the entire family. May God give you His peace and comfort during this difficult time. I remember walking through the path in the woods to see whatever new projects you were working on in the yard or greenhouse. Deb Torkelson (Butler)

Deb Torkelson Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Yvonne, Jenny and Jason, so sorry for your loss. Surround yourself with the wonderful memories you have.

Richard and Jean Elke Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

Yvonne, Jenny & Jason, Our deepest sympathy to all of you at this difficult time. Clayton was a man you could count on to have a smile on his face. There are a lot of stories to tell of your greenhouse days and I bet Clayton had a lot of interesting stories to tell when he was working on laying carpet/flooring. Let those who surround you provide comfort, strength and love. GOD bless you all, Don & Michelle Murray

Michelle Murray Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

Yvonne & Family...So sorry to hear of Clayton's passing, You are in my thoughts & prayers.

Judy Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Yvonne, I wish to extend my Sincere Sympathy to you, It's so hard to lose someone you loved & lived so many years with. God Bless You.
Janny Cull

Janny Cull Jan 8 2020 12:00 AM

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