Stephen “Spike” Haskew Clayton, beloved husband, father, and Skirack co-owner passed away at his home in Hinesburg Friday after an “active and outdoor” year and a half long battle with gastric cancer. Born in Manchester on Nov. 27, 1958, son of Rev. Robert Leslie Clayton and Ruth Elizabeth Haskew, he grew up skiing Bromley Mt., raced with the Yankee Pedlars, and rode with the Dorset Training Group. He attended high school at Burr and Burton Academy and went on to race with the varsity alpine ski team at the University of Vermont, where he graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in economics.
Following graduation, he pursued a professional cycling career, traveling across North America with his Stowe-Shimano team. Among countless wins, with one of his most notable results being a 9th place finish in the 1984 Olympic Trials.
He started working at the Skirack in 1984, later becoming co-owner. Passionate about his work, his mission was to introduce outdoor activities to as many as possible, and contributed to the industry by serving on many national boards.
His greatest teammate was his wife Katherine Kjelleren, the joy of their relationship was training, racing and devoting time to their family. They built their present home together and were married in 1989, their sons Thomas and Kameron followed shortly after. He loved spectating and coaching his children’s sports. Through his quiet and humble presence, he imparted his wisdom to be positive, work hard and never give up.
He will be missed by his wife Katherine Kjelleren, sons Thomas Clayton, Kameron Clayton and his wife Grace Zebertavage, brothers Robert and Thomas “Pepper” Clayton, loving mother-in-law Lorelei Palmer Kjelleren, aunt Fran Wurlitzer, sister-in-laws Julia Clayton and Candis Perrault, brother-in-laws Gary and Don Kjelleren, cousins Susan and Robert Ross, Kathy Bennett, Stephanie Conner, nieces Haley, Danna, M, Kew, Bel and Sarah, nephews Hayden, Ben, and Omar, and countless other loving family and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held at Sleepy Hollow Inn at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 22. His family welcomes you to join them for a memorial cross-country ski prior to the service at 8:30 a.m. Memorial gifts to Little Bellas at https://littlebellas.givingfuel.com/spike-clayton