Clayton Dean Topliff, 19, of Amarillo, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hillside Christian Church at 58th and Soncy with the Rev. Mike Nuthman, Associate Pastor, and Dr. Roger Hubbard officiating. A private burial for family only will be held prior to the service. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Clayton Dean Topliff was born on November 4, 1992 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to his parents, Linda Ann and Donald R. Topliff of Amarillo. He passed from this earth on Nov. 28, 2011.
Clayton attended pre-school at Oklahoma State University’s Lab School in Stillwater. His father was employed as a professor at OSU and his mother was a research assistant. At age 5, he moved with his family to Timbercreek Canyon in Amarillo when his father and mother took positions at West Texas A&M University. He and his brother and sister spent many hours hiking and playing in the canyon. He attended Sundown Lane Elementary School, The Greenways Middle School, Westover Junior High and in 2011, graduated from Randall High School. He enrolled in the Sports and Exercise Science program at West Texas A&M in the fall of 2011, and was a student at WT until the time of his tragic death. Clayton was an outstanding athlete who competed in baseball, basketball, weight lifting and football. He was a member of the Randall Raiders football team that made it to the third round of the state playoffs in 2010. As a youth league baseball player, he once threw a no-hitter and struck out 13 batters in a five-inning game. He loved the outdoors and sports of all kinds. Clayton was an avid skate boarder and snowboarder and enjoyed those past times with many of his friends. Clayton loved playing Xbox games online and as in other things in his life was extremely competitive. He spent the last three summers working as a lifeguard at Splash Amarillo along with his sister, who he loved very much, often telling her he loved her even in the presence of his friends. He lived his short life at full speed. He was the apple of his mother’s eye and a terrific son. Clayton always hugged his mother goodbye and waved to her as he drove away. He had planned to become a personal trainer after college and wanted to be self-employed. He did not want a desk job or to work for a “corporation or a big successful company” as he recently wrote in one of his assignments at WT.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Bill Egan of the Brooklyn, New York and one uncle, Tom Topliff of Whitehouse, Texas.
He is survived by his parents; a brother, Christopher of the home; a sister, Brooke of Amarillo; grandfather and grandmother, Dean and Myrna Topliff of Goodland, Kansas; a grandmother Melody Dextraze of Las Vegas, Nevada; 18 aunts and uncles; 20 cousins; a special friend of the family Brittany Keller of Bushland; and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity.