William "Bill" Claye of Etna died April 22, 1997.
He was born May 2, 1930 in Tucson AZ to Jesse and Susanna Calaya. Bill was an avid horseman and with his need for speed he competed in rodeos and horse racing all his life. He was involved in chariot racing for the last 32 years, holding many positions, his most recent being president of the All American Chariot Association. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1952
On Aug 23, 1942 Bill married Rita Jean Willoughby Nuhn. They added four children to the three Rita already had. With his wife they owned and operated the Horseshoe Inn for many years.
He is survived by his seven children, Lorene Schwab, Thayne, Diana Bagley ID, Jerry Nuhn, California, Bill Claye, China Lake CA, Susie Johnson, Smoot, David Claye Phoenix AZ, Michelle Fullmer, Menan ID seven grandchildren ; three sisters, and one brother Horace, Calays San Diego CA