James (Rick) Layton, 71, of Norman, Oklahoma joined his Father in Heaven Saturday, September 9, 2017. He was born April 8, 1946 in Mebane, North Carolina to James Graham and Molly Francis, later to be adopted by his step-father Roy O W Layton.
He grew up in Sacramento, Calif., where he graduated from Hiram Johnson High in 1964. In 1966 he joined the Army, trained as a helicopter crew chief, and served his country in Vietnam. Rick had several close brushes with death while stationed in Vietnam. He received 14 air medals, 2 with v-devices for valor and received 2 Army commendation medals. After an honorable discharge he returned to civilian life in Sacramento, California.
He was a true outdoorsman as he loved hiking, fishing, and backpacking. He loved traveling and had many land and ocean adventures; to include deep sea fishing and sailing together with his wife, Becky, to the Christmas islands, from Hawaii, in their small 38' ocean worthy sailboat.
He was a successful independent contractor and craftsman where he built custom homes. He loved serving others and would go out of his way to offer his services "free of charge" to nearly anyone that needed or asked.
He is preceded in death by James Graham and Earl Layton.
Rick is survived by his parents Molly and Roy Layton; his sister Deborah Layton; and his wife Rebecca Layton; and his children James (Jim) Layton, Brian Layton, and Rebecca Mieure.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 at the LDS chapel located at 1506 W. Imhoff Rd in Norman, Okla.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the same location. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery located at East South Street and South East Ave in Wynnewood, Okla.
Arrangements for Rick and his family are placed in the care of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Published on September 12, 2017