With deep sorrow I share the loss of Clayton Burns, a father, a friend and a fellow Toastmaster. A member of Club 2131 Carson Communicators Club since September 1, 2016, Clayton was an Area 22 Director in 2017-2018, current club treasurer and had held several club office roles over years. Clayton was active in Division B speech contests and was first runner up in Division B Area International Speech Contest 2017.
His club remembered him in a special club meeting “Confetti for Clayton Burns, 2-2-1989 to 12-22-2021”. Carolyn Lancaster, Carson Communicators Toastmasters/Secretary wrote:
Last night, January 6, 2022, the members and guests of Carson Communicators paid homage to our recently passed member, Clayton Burns.
Shelley Bonkowski spread lots and lots of confetti on the conference tables for the man who gave a speech on “confetti makes everything better.” Zach Bonkowski gave a positive moment on the man who seemed quirky, but he soon learned to admire as a man who lived his life his way, and to the fullest.
Past members, Tiffany Hornsby and Joe McIntyre, joined us to pay tribute to Clayton. They reminded us how Clayton always wanted and used evaluation to help him improve, and how he used speech contests to challenge himself.
Clayton challenged himself to be healthy. He ran a tough ‘Mudder’ for the first time in November. Clayton, in his own words on our Carson Communicators website, wrote:
“I am Clayton Burns. I have been a member of the Carson Communicators Club since 9-1-2016. I work in management; thus, Toastmasters is a huge help for the daily communications my role requires. “
Our soon-to-be member, Kimberly Rigdon, never met Clayton but shared words to describe him as she listened to us. Words like: quicky, enthusiastic, dependable, intelligent, challenger, generous, caring, loving…
Our guest, Tom DuBos, reminded us that when ‘we pass’, may we be remembered even half as well as we remember Clayton.
Our young member, Zachary Glanzmann, saw Clayton’s cool car and thought I need to know this guy! And when he did, he appreciated Clayton’s love of the best in everything.
Clayton heard a recent speech of mine about singing in college. The last words he said to me were, “After the holidays I want to take singing lessons from you!” (Dang, Clayton, I wish we were singing together!)
We will continue to honor Clayton in many ways in our January meetings, and beyond. To his loving wife, Catherine, his four children, his assistant Jess McIntosh, his co-workers, his family and friends: We have lost a beautiful soul. We will continue to connect with Clayton – no doubt he’ll send confetti…
Clayton was a dedicated Toastmaster, and he will be missed by all who had the honor to know him.
Our sincere prayers go out to his family and friends. Some of his confetti fell on each of us whose lives he touched.
Nancy Potts District 39 Director and
Entire District 39 membership