SUU In View (Alumni Magazine - Spring 2003)
Clayton Frehner was posthumously given the SUU Presidential Citation at the President's Club Holiday Dinner, December 3, 2002.
A true "people" person, Clayton Frehner constantly gave of his time, talents and resources for the betterment of his community. Clayton was born and raised in Mesquite, Nevada where he attended public schools, serving as student body president of Virgin Valley High School in 1956-1957. He also served as student body president while he studied at the College of Southern Utah, now Southern Utah University, and earned an associate of science degree.
Clayton was happily married to the former Ann Sherratt for 41 years. They have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business and personal management from Utah State University, the Frehners resided in Las Vegas, Nevada where he worked for Hughes Tool Company and Vegas Village Department Stores. In 1973 Clayton moved his family to Cedar City where he became owner and broker of Century 21, Corry Realty.
Following a most successful career in real estate and business, Clayton brought his organizational and business talents with him to Southern Utah University in 1997 where he served as Director of Development until his death in the spring of 2002. In this role he was involved in raising funds and friends for the growth of SUU. Frequently recognized for his distinguished service to numerous professional, civic, educational and church organizations, Clayton was ever the advocate and example of service to others. It was hard not to say "yes" to Clayton's request to become involved in good causes, because everyone knew that he would not ask others to do what he was not willing to do himself.
A partial list of his impact on SUU includes: Chair, SUU Stadium Renovation Committee; Member Ð Board of Trustees, The Utah Summer Games Foundation; Member, Board of Directors, Utah Shakespearean Festival; Finance Chairman, SUU Ashcroft Observatory; and President, SUU Development Board. In addition, Clayton served the Cedar City community as Chair of the Airport Committee; Member, Cedar City Economic Development Board, President, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce; and President, Iron County School Board.
In recognition and appreciation of Clayton Frehner's varied and significant contributions to Southern Utah University and the community in which is it located, the Presidential citation was given posthumously so that all might know of the esteem in which he was held. May his name long be remembered and his service cherished by all associated with Southern Utah University.