Clinton Keaton

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Pastor Keaton

Clinton Ray Keaton, 84, of Glenns Ferry, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, at a Boise hospital.

A viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Bible Baptist Church, 1555 American Legion Blvd., in Mountain Home.

Burial will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in West Virginia.

Clinton was born on Jan. 9, 1924, in Itman, W.Va., the son of Virgil and Hettie Keaton. He attended a one-room country schoolhouse in Old Slab and graduated from Mullens High School in Mullens, W.Va.

Clinton joined the Army Air Corps in World War II. He worked on the firing range and was in the cadet's officer training, studying to be an officer when the war ended.

Clinton married Dorothy Lee Birchfield on June 4, 1946. From that union came six children. They moved to Missouri in 1950 and Clinton was an aircraft mechanic in the Civil Service at Richards Gebaur Air Force Base. Clinton also worked in the post office in downtown Kansas City for seven years, then as a mechanic and electrician at Marley Company in Olatha, Kansas.

Clinton attended Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Kan. "The Lord called him to preach," his family noted.

Clinton's first pastorate was at Magic Valley Baptist Church in Buhl from 1971 to 1980. Clinton and Dorothy then moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Clinton was the pastor of the Fundamental Baptist Church from 1980 to 1984.

They moved to Mountain Home in 1984 where he pastored for 15 years at the Bible Baptist Church.

He then retired to the Payette/Ontario area in 1999 and started the Lighthouse Baptist Church. He retired again and moved to Buhl.

In April 2005 he started Pioneer Baptist Church in Glenns Ferry.

"He loved Christian music and he collected old books, especially old hymnals. He loved to fish and hunt and could catch fish when no one else could. He favorite fishing partner was his wife, Dorothy. He loved his family and especially enjoyed teasing his grandchildren," his family said.

Clinton is survived by: his wife, Dorothy Keaton of Glenns Ferry; his son David, and his wife, Norma Keaton, of Buhl; his son, Mark, and his wife, Teri Keaton, of Jerome; his son, Virgil, and his wife, Carol Keaton, of Missouri; his daughter, Katherine Sue, and her husband, Donald Haugen, of Iowa; his daughter, Marilyn Rae, and her husband, Virgil Vice, of Africa; his brother, Walter, and his wife, Mary Keaton; his brother, Carl, and his wife, Ramona Keaton; his brother, Thomas, and his wife, Francis Keaton, and his brother, Frank, and his wife, Shelby Keaton, all of West Virginia; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry, and one infant son.