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Former MHS athlete paid it forward

June 10, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Yes, Virginia, there is life after high school.

And that is free advice from this writer to recent central Iowa high school graduates who might think they have seen the last of their scholastic or athletic glory days. And the same applies to those active in the arts, forensics, or other pursuits. Regardless, that will be one of several story lines explored in the June 16 Marshall Times.

Marshalltown native Dale Clayton, now of Omaha, will be featured. Clayton was a successful baseball, basketball and track athlete at Marshalltown High School in the early to mid-1980s.

He attended Wayne State College in Nebraska and found more success in baseball. In short, he still owns a number of team baseball records 25 years after he hung up the spikes. Which is proof in the pudding that high school accomplishments can serve as a foundation for better, and bigger accomplishments ahead.

Armed with a degree in business administration, Clayton entered the workplace, and has been a highly successful employment counselor with Worldbridge Partners of Omaha. And when not taking care of business, Clayton "paid it forward" by passing on lessons learned from his playing days by coaching youth baseball in Omaha four years.

Several testimonials from parents prove he made many a positive impact on the baseball field. The 1984 grad cited former MHS coaches Brad Clement, George Funk and the late Rich Rozell as role models. Clayton is the son of Marshalltown residents Don and Delores Clayton.

Clayton’s story, and more, including the latest in financial advice from our columnists, will be included. Incidentally, Marshall Times is devoted to the events, people, places and miscellaneous subjects with a Marshall County connection. So, readers, let me know of story ideas you might have — I’ll be glad to listen.



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