Michael Clay Obituary, Death – We regret to inform you of the death of one of our physicians, Dr. Michael Clay. He was a beloved and highly-respected member of the Hohenfels Clinic Team, as well as a loyal service member to his country. We are releasing his obituary with his family’s permission to remember the amazing life he lead. For those who wish to express their condolences, a memorial service will be held on the Hohenfels Post Chapel on September 21, 2023, beginning at 1500. Those who had Dr. Clay as their primary care physician will be automatically reassigned to other clinic providers.
Dr. Michael Clay, 64, passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Michael Clay was born on October 26, 1958, at Wright-Patterson Medical Center on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, to James and Kaye Clay. Michael received his high school diploma from Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He then attended Western Kentucky University for his bachelor’s degree before completing his study at Kansas University for his M.D. He finished his residency in Family Medicine at Eglin Air Force Base.
Michael served in the United States Air Force for 28 years before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring, he worked as a civilian physician at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He took a temporary post in Bavaria, Germany, two years ago, where he continued to serve as a civilian physician at Hohenfels Army Post. Michael loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling, seeing new places, and learning about different cultures. He also liked to go hiking, camping, and do home repair projects. He was a lifelong runner who competed on track teams at Pryor Junior High School, Choctawhatchee High School, and Western Kentucky University.
Michael is survived by his wife, GaungHong (Mollie); his stepson George; his children Austin, Sydney, and Collin (from a former marriage); his father, James Clay; and his brothers John Clay (Anna) and David Clay (Gayla), as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Michael was predeceased by his mother, Kaye, and brother, Stephen. A memorial service will be performed at a later date in Crestview, Florida.