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Thomas Clayton Boone

Published on -8/26/2014, 8:51 AM

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Thomas Clayton Boone, 87, Hays, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born May 8, 1927, in Sharon Springs to John M. and Blanche (Roach) Boone.

He married Sarah Lillian Floyd. He later married Irene (Leiker) Adair. She preceded him in death in 2004. He has been a licensed attorney in the state of Kansas since Feb. 13, 1956, and has practiced continuously since the day after his admission to the bar in Hays. He continued in practice until his death. In addition to his professional career, he served as worker's compensation examiner on a part-time basis for the state of Kansas from 1960 to 1964, was a candidate for Attorney General in 1964, and was a city commissioner for the city of Hays from 1960 to 1963, serving as mayor in 1962. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the Ellis County Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hays, and a 50-plus year member of the Hays Masonic Lodge No. 195.

While in practice in Ellis County, he has been a member of the American Quarter Horse Association raising quarter-horses and thoroughbred horses on his farm near Munjor, and participated at various race tracks throughout the U.S. One of his horses, Bucket Bailey, was a co-owner of the world's record for 220 yards at Lamesa Park Ranch, Raton, N.M. He and his wife, Irene, were syndicate members of Easy Six, a champion Stallion owned by the 6666 Ranch of Fort Worth, Texas.

Survivors include a son, Caleb Boone; two daughters, Sarah Rebekah Boone and Rachel Sennett; a brother, Robert Lee Boone, Yuma, Ariz.; two sisters, Geraldine Ruth (Pooler) Boone, Yuma, and Bessie Mae (Beth) Zimmerman, Indianapolis; a grandson, William Sennett; and two granddaughters, Isabel Yates and Madyson Sennett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters. They are Delaine (Roach) Boone, Mary Amelia (Goers) Boone, Quentin Harvey Boone, William Albert Boone (died in World War II in February 1942 aboard the USS Langley), Charles Edward Boone, and John M. Boone Jr., and Patricia Ann Snare; his half-sister; and a grandchild, Thomas Stanley Yates, son of Sarah Rebekah Boone.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; inurnment in Mount Allen Cemetery, with services by Hays Masonic Lodge No. 195 and military honors by Hays Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to William and Madyson Sennett's educational fund in care of Emprise Bank, Hays.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.

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