Dr. Grant Martin Clothier, 92, of Prairie Village Kansas, a man of the strongest Christian faith, went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2016.
Dr. Grant Martin Clothier, 92, of Prairie Village Kansas, a man of the strongest Christian faith, went to be with the Lord on August 6, 2016. He was born March 1, 1924 in Sylvia, Kansas to Anna Louise and Cecil Martin Clothier. Grant attended Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University, from 1942-43 and Park University from 1943-44 when, during World War II, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Navy and stationed at Parkville, Mo. In 1944, when he was transferred to Los Angeles, Calif., Grant studied at the University of California Los Angeles where he lettered as a varsity basketball player and was a member of the first UCLA basketball team to win a conference championship. After being released from active duty in 1946, Grant returned to Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Education. During his time at KU, he was a member of the 1946-47 Jayhawk squad – making him one of few, if not the only man to play for both of these storied basketball programs. In 1951 he received his Master’s in Education from KU and went on to earn his Doctorate in Curriculum Development and Administration from KU in 1958.
A firm believer in the value of education, Grant served in various teaching positions throughout Kansas and Missouri. During his educational career he developed a nationally recognized urban teacher training program and contributed numerous articles to education and other journals.
He began his teaching career as an instructor at the University of Kansas Laboratory School. While there Grant, as head basketball coach, worked to integrate the school’s basketball teams which caused the entire Northeast Kansas league to end their segregated programs. He taught and coached for seven years in Leavenworth Public Schools. From 1958-1966, Grant served as the Director of Student Teaching at the then Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg, Mo. Following his time at Central Missouri State, Grant served as the Program Coordinator for the Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory in Kansas City, Mo. Beginning in 1974 Grant served as Director of the Midwest Educational Training and Research Organization and President of Education Enterprises in Kansas City. He taught as an Associate Professor at William Jewell College and after retiring from teaching full-time, continued as an Adjunct Professor at MidAmerica Nazarene University until he fully retired in 2000.
Grant married Patricia Mullins in 1947. They had six children and later divorced. In 1965, he married Patricia Wilson-Cason who brought with her four children to the family. Together, they founded Deer Creek Camp outside Warsaw, Mo. The camp provided learning disabled children and those with behavioral problems, church groups, sports groups, and those from urban community centers a place to study and enjoy nature as well as grow in their Christian faith.
Grant was enthusiastic about his family history, often traveling throughout the Midwest studying public records and newspaper articles to learn his family story. These efforts culminated in the 2004 award winning publication Seeking the Promised Land: Portraits of the Chancy Clothier Family. In 2007 he co-authored A Prairie Beacon: The Peace Creek Kansas, Church of Christ. Above all, Grant had a deep love for his family, his country, and God.
Grant was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Patricia and her son Patrick Cason.
Survivors include children Mike Clothier (Christine) of Tucson, Ariz., Louis Clothier (Marijke) of Leavenworth, Kan., Jeanne Tyson of Kansas City, Mo., Tim Clothier (Lynn) of Topeka, Kan., David Clothier (Cyndi) of Overland Park, Kan., Jaime Abel (Rick) of Great Bend, Kan., Brian Cason of Menlo Park, Calif., William Cason (Martha) of Santa Fe, N.M., and Candiss Cason of Kansas City, Kan., 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Lenexa Church of Christ, 7845 Cottonwood, Lenexa, Kan. 66216. The family will greet friends one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Little Blue Bible Camp, PO Box 261 Oak Grove, Mo 64075. (Arr. Cremation Society of KS & MO, www.kccremation.com).