Clayton E. Ham, of Port Ludlow, Washington, passed away quietly on March 18, 2009. Clayton was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on September 20, 1924.
Clayton Ham served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War. Clayton’s distinguished service included being a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. After his military service, he earned his Bachelors and later, his Masters of Science Degrees. He and his wife, Nancy, settled in Poulsbo, where he taught Biology at North Kitsap High School for 28 years, from 1960 through 1988. While teaching at North Kitsap, Clayton Ham was instrumental in founding the Marine Science Center, an educational foundation for students in Grades K – 12. The center, located in Poulsbo, was the first of its kind in the United States.
Clayton Ham enjoyed sailing, woodworking, reading and spending time with his beloved wife, Nancy Ham, who predeceased him by a year. They were married for 50 years. He is survived by two children, Jennifer DePriest of Carlsbad, CA, and Cameron Ham (Michelle) of Port Ludlow, WA. Clayton had 4 grandchildren, Chelsea and Seth Ham, and Trevor and Amanda DePriest.
Clayton will be missed by many, including his family, friends, and the thousands of students whose lives he deeply touched.