Clayton Halden Chrisman, 45, passed away May 14, 2018 at the home of his father and stepmother, in Sheffield after a long illness. He had come East for treatment from his home in Denver last October. He fought a long and courageous battle for two and a half years.
Clayton was born December 21, 1972 in New York City. He attended St. Anne’s, Buckley, and graduated from Riverdale Country School in Riverdale, N.Y. He went on to Colorado College for a BA in English. He traveled around the world between his junior and senior year after studying in Florence, Italy.
Clayton was always entrepreneurial and a bit of an iconoclast. Following graduation he moved to San Francisco where he joined several startups. He co-founded View Interactive Entertainment, an Internet-based Juke Box manufacturer, in 2005 and sold it in 2013. Moving to Denver, he founded Trolling Motors.com in 2014 an e-commerce business serving the sport fishing industry which he managed until his death. Clayton was an avid outdoorsman becoming an expert telemark skier, biker and fly fisherman.
He loved the Berkshires, grew up here weekends and visited three or four times a year ever since his parents acquired a place in 1975. Clayton was a cheerleader and confidant to many. He was witty, kind beyond description and a lover of music.
He is survived by his father, Neil D. Chrisman; his mother, Ulla A. Chrisman; and his stepmother Kathleen M. Chrisman.
A memorial service will be held June 9, at 4 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 12 West 12thSt., in New York City.
A reception will follow.