Clayton James Mick, 59, of Mitchell, SD, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 24, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, July 23, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: https://www.holyspiritmitchell.org/livestream
Clayton James Mick was born May 20, 1962 to James and Donna (Brodhagen) Mick in Fort Huachuca, AZ. He attended and graduated from Tripp High School in 1980. Clayton graduated from Mitchell Technical School in 2010 with a degree in Information System Technology. Clayton was united in marriage to Jill Prickett on April 25, 2003 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell.
Clayton worked with his dad at Jim’s TV Repair Shop in Tripp, he was a radio broadcaster for KORN/Q107, a computer technician for Dell Computers, and was an admissions clerk at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital until he was diagnosed with the glioblastoma multiforme (an aggressive brain tumor). He put up a great battle for 2-1/2 years, way past the 6 months prognosis that he was given in March of 2019. He truly believes that his faith in God and all of the prayers from family and friends helped him survive so that he could make more memories.
In the late 80’s Clayton joined the Sierra Club and loved it! He made many lifelong friends. He also enjoyed and was extremely proud that he volunteered at the Fort Randall Archeological Dig at that time. But his real passion was for the guitar and singing. He taught himself to play the guitar after high school and played entirely by ear and became quite proficient. He played a variety of music styles including rock-n-roll, country, “biker music”, hard rock, soft rock, the blues, waltzes, polka, and whatever was requested by the audience. He had quite the memory and was not easily stumped by requests. He played with many bands throughout South Dakota starting in 1981 with the Renegade Band; Satisfaction Ltd; the Horizon Band; the Starfire Band; Night Edition; the Wooden Nickel Band; and then a duet called the Booze Brothers. Clayton eventually did a solo act playing for the elderly at the local nursing homes, assisted living centers, at his mom’s apartment building, different events around the Mitchell area, and Christmas at the Capital.
Clayton is survived by his wife; son, Patrick Prickett of Mitchell; daughter Elizabeth Mick of Mitchell; mother, Donna Mick of Mitchell; brothers-in-law, Vernon (Korrie Face) Prickett of Stratford, Jeff (Connie) Prickett of Valley Springs, Jay (Roberta) Prickett of Mitchell, Jake (Bobbie) Prickett of Mitchell, Scott Brown of Alexandria, and Jess (Rebecca) Prickett of Mitchell; sisters-in-law, Julie Mellan of Mitchell and Joan (Michael) Roenfanz of Mason, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Mick; grandparents, Joseph and Rose Mick and Ted and Elizabeth Beehler; nephew, Samuel Mellan; mother and father-in-law, Vernon and Frances Prickett; and sister-in-law, Jean Brown.