Wayland “Jay” Claxton


Wayland “Jay” Claxton passed away May 14, 2023. A Memorial service will be

Wayland Jay Claxton
Wayland Jay Claxton

held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 19, 2023, at Paramount Baptist Church.

Wayland blessed this Earth on April 11, 1966, to Wayne Wayland and Mary Nell Claxton. Jay graduated from Colorado City High School in 1984 and attended Junior College at Western Texas College. Jay furthered his education at West Texas State, where he met the love of his life, Cheri Scott.

January 14, 1989, the two were wed in Tatum, New Mexico, and were blessed to share 34 adventurous years together. My Jay had a heart of gold and a laugh that brightened any room. His commitment to our marriage, regardless of the season we were in, I always knew I had his unfailing love.

Jay devoted his life to his faith and family. As a dad, he strived to instill in his children the importance of putting God first, a strong work ethic and selfless giving to others. Jay provided himself in his loyalty to his family, friends, and all of those he served. No one could find a friend more loyal than My Jay. He was known throughout the community for his kindness and giving nature, his willingness to go above and beyond for those in need and volunteered his time for a multitude of fundraising events.

Jay enjoyed watersports, golfing, being outdoors, camping and fishing with his family and friends. His favorite past time was splashing water and mud while blazing through The Rocky Mountains. Other passions in life that brought joy to Jay include:  grilling and hosting, hunting and above all else, making sweet memories with his family and friends.

Jay was known for his “Famous Pork Tenderloin”, his dependability, steadfast loyalty and his never wavering faith in his Lord and his Savior.

After 13 years of dedication to the Walmart Corporation; 3 of which in a managerial role, Jay felt called by the Lord to pursue his lifelong dream to serve his community as a peace officer. He took the utmost pride and considered it an honor to serve and protect. He regarded his fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters as family.

Jay is preceded, in death by his parents, Wayne Wayland Claxton and Mary Nell Claxton.

He is survived by his Wife, Cheri; Children, Brittany Claxton and husband Ryan Jordan, Jay Ryan Claxton and wife Mackenzie, and Jaci Claxton; Grandchildren, Jase Claxton, Kirkland Claxton, Tatum Claxton and Hamilton Claxton; brother, Chuck Claxton and wife Marcy; sister in law, Kerilyn Brown and husband William; brothers in law, Dale Scott and wife Krista and Rex Bostwick; nieces and nephews, Colten Claxton and wife Riley, Morgan Claxton, Kaedan and Kyler Bostwick, and Caleb and Kailey Scott; as well as his loving Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Kerry and Phyllis Scott who he loved and adored.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle to support area first responders, P. O. Box 589, Amarillo, TX 79105, www.texaspanhandle100club.org/donation , Texas Panhandle Peace Officers Association  (checks payable to TPPOA), mail to Dennis Rice, Randall County Sheriff’s Office, 9100 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, Texas 79118 or Randall County Employee Benefit Fund 9100 S. Georgia St. Amarillo, Texas 79118.

18 Replies to “Wayland “Jay” Claxton”

  1. Cheri, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart hurts for you. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you.

  2. Great memories growing up with Jay. He could always make me laugh or get “us” in trouble!
    Some people leave us way too soon.
    Condolences to all the family

  3. You will truly be missed… Thank you for choosing me be your hairstylist for over the years. Lots of fun, serious, and honest conversation I will remember. You had so much wisdom and knowledge that you shared. A smile that could cheer up anyone having a day. I will continue to pray for your loved ones. I’ll miss you Big!

  4. Jay (Hootsie) Claxton was one of a kind. I cannot think of him without smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.


  6. 2 Tim 4:7 is a description of Jay. He was an inspiration to many. I’ll see you again my friend.

  7. I will miss Jay. We worked together when he started at the county. He always made me and people around him smile. I know Jay always had my back no matter what. I have lost a friend and a brother. I will always have love in my heart for Jay.

  8. Lord please place this precious family and work family in your arms as they go through this tough time. Rest in peace.

  9. I will miss Jay. I haven’t seen him since I retired. I have nothing but fond memories of Jay. We worked together when he first started at the county. He always brought a smile to me and all around him. He always had my back no matter what. I will truly miss him and will always have love in my heart for Jay.. Rest in peace Brother

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and family in blue 💙…. RIP Brother. Thank you for your service.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheri, Brittany, Ryan and Jaci; along with the rest of Jay’s family, friends and fellow officers! Everytime Cheri would talk about Jay you could feel how much she loved him! Dear God, please place your loving arms around this precious family!

    Michele & Robert Daniels

  12. You will be dearly missed sir. I know that anytime I was volunteering for anything at the sheriffs office that you would be there with a smile on your face and willing to help anyone and everyone. The true definition of a good man and amazing officer. I hope to model my law enforcement career after your giving and willing service.

  13. Cheri and family, We were so devastated to hear of Jays passing! He was truly one of a kind and God broke the mold when he made him! He was as great a law enforcement officer as there ever was! Words truly cannot express the meaning his life had on so many! We’re praying for your comfort and strength now and in the days ahead! God Bless you all! Isaiah 40:31

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