WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of Longtime Active Supporter Don Claughton
June 14, 1929 – November 19, 2017
The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by passing of former active supporter Don Claughton on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the age of 88 years after a long dignified battle with dementia..
Don volunteered for over 40 years with the Calgary Stampede Downtown Attractions Committee where he got to know many of the chuckwagon drivers and mixed a lot of pancake batter for the drivers that cooked pancakes as part of the Stampede Breakfasts throughout downtown Calgary. In January of 1966, Don and his partner Wes Spencer started Crown Caterers, and they entered the chuckwagon business in 1976 as a sponsor for rookie driver Kirk Sutherland.
Driving under the Crown Caterers canvas, Kirk Sutherland won his first career show championship at the 1976 Dawson Creek Rope & Saddle Club Championship. Don also sponsored Kirk the first two years he competed at the Calgary Stampede, and when Kirk won his first major chuckwagon event at the 1981 North American Chuckwagon Championship in High River, Crown Caterers was the sponsor. Don and Crown Caterers also sponsored driver Ralph Vigen into the early 1980's.
Don is predeceased by his wife Gae, baby sister Betty, and brother Gordon (Boo). He is survived by his daughters Cathy Claughton (Doug) and Mindy Claughton; wife Sharon Claughton; brother Lloyd (Rose) Claughton; brother-in-law Murray MacDonald; granddaughters Jamie Lowe (Ryan) and Madison Sparks (Luke); grandson Adam Klay; great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Weston Lowe; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will be hosting an informal reception to celebrate Don's life at the Wild Wild West Event Centre in Springbank, 67 Commercial Court Calgary, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with a western theme in tribute of his huge passion for the Calgary Stampede and Chuckwagon racing.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Don's memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary, www.alzheimercalgary.ca.
Don will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Claughton family.