Clay Sanchez passed away peacefully on the evening of August 14, 2018 after many year of suffering through multiple serious injuries and illnesses. -
Clay was born on October 5, 1986 at Marian Hospital in Santa Maria. He attended Ballard Elementary school, Los Olivos Elementary school, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School and graduated from Olive Grove School in 2005,
Clay was a gifted athlete, and he played as a pitcher on the championship Pony Baseball team that won multiple tournaments throughout southern California in 2001. In high school JV football, Clay was voted outstanding defensive lineman by his fellow teammates in 2002. Unfortunately, his high school football career was cut short due to a spinal injury.
After high school, Clay was employed at Cachuma Boat Rentals, and later worked as a machinist at Excelta Corporation in Buellton.
Clay excelled in his favorite pastimes of hunting, fishing, and horticulture.
He is survived by his father, Mark Sanchez, grandparents, Ronald and Vickie Tuttle, uncle and aunt, Bruce and Susie Sanchez, aunt, Sherrie Fitzgerald, uncle and aunt Lynn and DeeAnn Johnson and many cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by grandparents Clayton and Vivian Sanchez and mother, Terrie Hacker.
Clay is also survived by his birth mother, Linda Wenk, and siblings Roger, Raquel and Erica Wenk with al-l-of whom he established a strong and loving relationship within the past months.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to Santa Ynez Youth Recreation or The National Rifle Association.