There is one thing that Clayton Feragen’s family agrees on, he lived his life to the fullest.
It has been just over a month since a car accident claimed the life of Clayton, 35, (also known as Fire, KK, or Red) and the family felt ready to speak about what he meant to them.
His parents Sharon and Ken, plus his brother Trevor and sisters Shenoa and Whitney spoke about their love of Clayton and all the different pieces of his character that made him who he was. Everyone agreed that this last month has shown just how supportive the community of Ponoka can be.
“It’s a pretty loud testament of who Clayton was with the people who have been surrounding us,” explained Shenoa.
“He loved everybody,” added Sharon. “They were saying at the celebration (of his life) that he was the type of guy who could bring people together that probably didn’t like each other.”
“He had big dreams,” added Ken.
Clayton was the one who kept in touch with everyone around him. Even friends he had met in another part of the country, or the world, added Trevor.
Another aspect of Clayton was that he was a fun-loving guy who loved to flirt with the many women in his life. Sharon recalls how he made a stamp with his name and number on it and when he wanted a lady to get his number, he would stamp it on their arm. Just another part of his humour.
“He’s very much a jokester,” added Sharon of Clayton’s many pranks.
“He was the kind of guy who was cliff-diving in Abraham Lake,” added Shenoa, pointing out that he would remind her to always have fun.
Indeed, Clayton loved to travel so much that he ended up meeting his girlfriend, Anna, who lives in Vietnam. She was unable to be at the funeral due to Visa requirements, but she has now become a special addition to the family.
In speaking with her, Sharon says she didn’t realize how hard of a time he had when another immediate family member, Clint (clnt) Feragen died. Clint passed away Jan. 4, 2017.
Clayton was one who preferred to protect his family from that kind of stress. “He was afraid it would hurt us,” offered Sharon.
Dealing with Clayton’s death has not been easy. “It just felt like a cruel joke,” said Shenoa of when she heard of his accident.
Now the family has to grieve the loss of both boys, however, Sharon pointed out that the outreach of family and friends in the area has been overwhelmingly positive.
For Whitney, the whole experience has left her speechless. She is taking this time to remember her brother’s life.
An avid sports and hockey fan, Clayton was big into hockey in Ponoka; he played in minor hockey and with the Ponoka Stampeders. When he didn’t have access to cable during the hockey season, Clayton would make sure to catch up on hockey games at Shenoa’s or his parents’ house.
Sharon pointed out that it wasn’t just his love of life and loyalty to friends that made him so special, it was also his love and dedication to family. He hardly missed family events and was always there when needed.
When thinking of Clayton, his passion is something that Sharon has taken to heart. “Remember to live each day, because he did…he enjoyed life,” said Sharon.