Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Clayton Shirl Huber\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tClayton S. Huber\n1938 – 2017\n\nClayton S. Huber concluded his remarkable life on earth on 09/05/2017 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. The family expresses appreciation to the medical professionals, friends, and neighbors who provided support and kindness towards the end of his life. \n\nClayton was born on February 28, 1938 to LeRoy and Vera Huber in Lapoint, Utah, where he learned the value of hard work and gained a lifelong love of gardening. His father taught him to look after the lonely and those in need, particularly widows, something that he continued to do throughout his life.\n\nHe graduated from Union HS, where he participated in football, basketball and track. After graduation, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Western Central States. He obtained BS and MS degrees in Dairy Science from Utah State University, where he was valedictorian of his college and participated in US Army ROTC. He married Beth Briggs in the Salt Lake Temple on July 25, 1963. \n\nThe happy couple went to Ft. Lee, Virginia where he was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army. Next, he served as a Research and Development Coordinator at the United States Army Natick Laboratories in Natick, MA, receiving the Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious conduct. He developed many new food technologies and products that were used in field rations and space flight. He received a NDEA Fellowship, obtaining a Ph.D. in Food Science and Nutrition from Purdue University.\n\nHe worked for Kraft Foods in Chicago, IL for a short time before relocating to Houston, Texas, where he was employed by Technology, Inc. as Director of Food Research for NASA manned space flights. He and his staff designed and tested food for the Lunar landing, Apollo-Soyuz, Apollo, Gemini and Skylab missions, dramatically improving the quality and offerings for the Astronauts. He was on the aircraft carrier when Apollo 16 splashed down and was part of the Skylab medical team, consulting directly with the Astronauts. He continued to consult with NASA for many years.\n\nHe worked for Basic American Foods in Blackfoot, ID for one year before leaving for the world of Academia at Brigham Young University until his retirement in 2005. While at BYU, he served as Department Chair for Food Science and Nutrition, Benson Institute Nutrition Board Chair, and Dean of the College of Biology and Agriculture. He received many honors and awards, including Abraham O. Smoot Award, Virginia F Cutler Lecturer, Farm Bureau Special Service award, and was named an IFT Fellow. He made positive contributions around the world as an expert consultant in his field, traveling to England, the Soviet Union, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Samoa, China, Nigeria and Kuwait.\n\nMore important than his many professional accomplishments was his love and dedication to his family. He and Beth instilled values of hard work, education and kindness in their children. He consistently wrote in his journal, which reflects the time and effort spent with his family. It was common for him to take a child or two with him when he traveled professionally or on church assignment. The family motorhome trips were legendary. Countless friends and relatives have lived and been loved for a time in their home.\n\nClayton loved his Savior, Jesus Christ and made the gospel the very center of his life. He spent his life in the service of others. He served in many church capacities, working with the young men and scouts, serving as a Bishop, Stake President, Mission President (CT Hartford 2002-2005), Area Seventy, and Temple Sealer. He was a valiant home teacher, even after his declining health made it difficult. He had piercing blue eyes that seemed to see to the very heart of a person, and was known for his wink and wise counsel. He was an uncommonly spiritual man, one of honor, integrity and faith.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his parents LeRoy and Vera, siblings Dale, Larry, Dean, June and Rhea. He is survived by his siblings Martin Huber, Doris Sessions, and JoAnn Nelson, his devoted wife, Beth, and their children: Kerry (Lori), Philip (Alice), LaNae (Jeff) Murray, Douglas (Summer), LeAnn (Martin) Smith, Brad (Cortney), Kevin (Marcie), and foster son Patrick Byjoe (Mona) along with 28 grandchildren with one on the way. We will miss him in this life, but look forward to when we meet again.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to LDS Humanitarian Services or the Muhammad Ali Center for Parkinson’s Disease.\n\nFuneral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Edgemont 9th Ward, 4300 N. Canyon Road, Provo, UT. There will be a viewing on Friday, September 8th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo and on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Hills, Provo.