In Memoriam: Clay Christensen

By Hannah Nelson | May 3, 2024
Clay demonstrates how to make a chair for children out of cardboard and other common materials.
Clay teaching how to create a chair using common materials.

We are deeply saddened to share that Clay Christensen, the former Utah Assistive Technology Program coordinator, passed away on April 25. Our hearts are with his family, and with the many people he helped at the Assistive Technology Lab in Logan. He managed that lab from 2011 to 2018. 

It was a pleasure to watch him at work. The fabrication lab was a favorite place to visit because of the happy people in it. They were there because Clay hired them or invited them to work as volunteers, or because they were trying out a device the workers and volunteers crafted for them. That lab was filled with joy—and the smell of welding smoke and sawdust.  

“Watching someone achieve their personal goals because of a little help we gave them is an emotional experience,” he said following one of his early projects. 

Clay was always ready to try adapting anything, and would work tirelessly to figure out custom solutions for individuals with disabilities across Utah. Clay smiling.

“What I saw with Clay was the direct impact he had with families and individuals with disabilities,” said Sachin Pavithran, a former UATP program director. “He was able to relate to them in a way that made them more comfortable to talk about what they were going through, so that Clay could get them what they needed.” 

We are grateful for the time we shared and the lasting mark he left on the people here.  

Read more about Clay in his obituary. 

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