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Clayton Dean Keys
Oct 2, 1937 - Aug 2, 2017
STUMPFF FUNERAL HOME
Clayton Dean Keys, age 79, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday,
BARTLESVILLE, WASHINGTON CO, OK
Clayton was born October 2, 1937 to Maurice and Elizabeth Keys in
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He graduated from College High School in 1955
and attended Oklahoma A &M and Northeastern A & M. He married Dorothy
Kay Jones of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 22, 1963. He always had a love
for horses and knew that he wanted a career in the horse industry.
In 1966 Claytonís career in equine industry began as the ranch manager
at Stan-D Ranch in Beggs, Oklahoma. In the early 1970ís he moved to
Citation Farm in Jenks, Oklahoma where he stood the accomplished
stallions Triple Chick and Mr. Meyers. In 1972 he was hired by the
All-American Sales Company, now known as the Ruidoso Sales Company. He
was with them until 1997. For most of the 70ís and 80ís his own sales
company, Keys Sales Company, put on two sales a year at the Tulsa
Fairgrounds and many dispersal and race sales. He also managed sales for
many different companies, including Out Front Sales, Green Country Horse
Sales, and Purcell Horse Sales. He was also part-owner of the Tulsa
Clayton worked with the Heritage Place Sales Company from the time they
broke ground in 1978 until 2007 when he retired for health reasons. He
was known for his honesty, fairness, and integrity. He was honored with
a bronze bust in his image at Heritage Place in 2007 and was inducted
into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kay, of the home, and his son Barry
and wife Kristi of Preston, Oklahoma. He has grandchildren Abbey Bandeh
and husband Jamal of Tulsa, Hallie Smith of Dallas, and Jordan Smith of
the home. He is also survived by two sisters, Carol Kellenberger and
husband Keith of Plano, Texas and Lois Bass of Bartlesville, one brother
Jay Lynn Keys and wife Kimi of Ramona, brother in law Bob Jones and wife
Sandy, sister in law Bette Jones, nieces Brenda Snook and husband John,
Kati Keys, nephews Ken Kellenberger and wife Natalie, Kelsey Keys,
Darton Zink and wife Jamie, Tom Jones, and 9 great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Jayson
Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Sunday evening, August 6, 2017 at
Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville, and Pastor Stephen Carl will be
presiding at services at the First Presbyterian Church, 505 S. Dewey in
Bartlesville, at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 7, 2017.
Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville,
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