Donald Clay Judd
Donald Clay Judd, of Saint David Arizona, passed away March 14, 2020, in Benson, Arizona.
Clay was born July 3, 1937, in Bisbee, Arizona to Laren D. Judd and Cleo Summers. He graduated from St. David High School. When Clay turned 20 years old, he volunteered to serve a religious mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mexico for 30 months.
Clay is survived by his wife of 58 years, Evangelina Cepada they married in July 1962, in the Mesa Arizona Temple. His six children Harold Judd of Safford, Nephi & Kim Judd of Alamogordo New Mexico, Estrella & Craig Pilgrim of Tucson, Crystal & Randy Gneck of Queen Creek, Hondo & Audrey Judd of Mesa, and Amapola & Brian Shimp of Chandler and Clay has 23 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
His surviving siblings are Larry D. & Opel Judd of Tempe, Bary W. & Carmen Judd of Saint David, Orson V. & Louann Judd of Snowflake, Keith A. & Marlet of Saint David, and Robin & Mark Deskins of Saint David
He was preceded in death by his parents, Laren D Judd and Cleo Summer Judd and his brother John O. Judd.
As a young man Clay was in ill health and a sickly kid, taken to the doctors his parents were told that they should take him home and make him rest and not let him exert himself too much and he would possibly live into his late teenage years but not much longer.
He nor his parents would accept this diagnosis, his Mother came up with a healthy diet, and Clay came up with an exercise plan and as a young kid not yet a teenager he started a diet of no junk food and a very demanding workout schedule. Clay’s thoughts were that if his heart was a muscle and he exercised that muscle and made it stronger and if he obeyed the “Word of Wisdom” and only put good food into his body then promises would be kept. Over the next eight decades “COACH” CLAY JUDD accumulated hundreds and hundreds of awards and records and created champion, after champion, in different sports and sporting events but MOST IMPORTANTLY CHAMPIONS IN LIFE!!!
The early part of Clay and Eva’s married life their yard was never grass and flowers, it was ropes and poles, hurdles and jumping pits. Lifting equipment was never left outside, it was to expensive, it was kept inside where the kids could lift and not be out in the weather to catch a cold or worse. That was until the house was built... and the only stipulation that Clay had was “I want a basement, and the basement is mine! and the basement is a gym, and finally a place for our lifting equipment.”
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “the crowning characteristic of Love is always Loyalty.” Coach Donald Clay Judd was a loyal Husband, father, friend, Brother, and firm in his faith and committed to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like the Apostle Paul he has “fought a good fight, he has finished his course, he has kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). We Believe that he shall have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which is prepared for him in house of his Father in Heaven.