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WILLIAM COFFMAN

WILLIAM COFFMAN Oct. 13, 1918 - Dec. 28, 2012 William Clayton Coffman passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Dec. 28, 2012, in Las Vegas, where he had been living since 2003. Clayton was born Oct. 13, 1918 in Cresco, Pa., a small town in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, to William Joseph Coffman and Zaidee M. (Williams) Coffman. He was one of eight children. He married Francella Clement Arnold Nov. 1, 1947. She passed away Dec. 1, 2006. Clayton proudly served his nation in the U.S. Army from May 25, 1942 to Jan. 21, 1946 with the 777th Army Air Force Base Unit 147th Army Airways, Communications Squadron. He was honorably discharged as a corporal. He was self-taught every aspect of building from design to construction from the ground up in a family business, "Coffman Construction." In his lifetime, he built two family homes in the Poconos. However, his most memorable and satisfying work was on church buildings. Clayton spent four years in South Africa supervising and building facilities for a Bible school. He loved mentoring and teaching those with whom he worked. Working economically and efficiently, he skillfully saved enough supplies to build a house for the mother of a friend who had previously lived in a hut with no doors or windows. He redrew plans for a church he was building near Pittsburgh in order to save an ancient oak tree that would otherwise have been cut down. Clayton served on church boards and taught Sunday School all his life, beginning at Paradise Valley Assembly of God near Cresco, Pa. He loved nature and being outdoors. From walking up to Seven Pine Mountain in the Poconos to check on the spring where the family got its water to hiking at Zion National Park in Utah or Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas with his daughter. Clayton took a smile everywhere he went and regularly made others smile and laugh out loud with his quick wit and funny faces...right down to his very last days. He loved to sing and would often surprise friends and family with the songs and poems he knew. In his final months, gospel and hymns gave him equal measure of joy and comfort. Clayton is survived by his daughter, Paula Coffman-Martel; son, John Arnold; daughter-in-law, Doris Arnold; grandsons, Philip and Steven Arnold; Steven's wife, Simona; great-grandson, Eric Arnold; sister, Irene "Little Pearl" Laquintano; and a brother, Lloyd. Clayton's life will be remembered in conjunction with a Coffman family reunion this summer in Pennsylvania. In the meantime, Clayton's family asks that in his memory his many friends spend time with their family and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of time or treasure be made to a place that feeds your heart and soul.

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