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Clayton Lane Awarded Spirit of Texoma

A lot of the Spirit of Texoma Award winners have been active and involved in in their community for many years.
A lot of the Spirit of Texoma Award winners have been active and involved in in their community for many years.

And while this month's recipient started volunteering just a few years ago, he has already become a major asset to Wichita Falls.

Like a lot of young people, Clayton Lane says he couldn't wait to leave his home town and see the world.

He went off to school and traveled the globe. But no matter where he went, Clayton knew Wichita Falls was home.

He came back and became the third generation to work in the family business. And he got busy volunteering too, honoring our city's history and working toward a brighter future.

"You just put your time and effort into the community and it's going to get back to you," Lane said.

As part of the 2009 Leadership Wichita Falls Class, Clayton was heavily involved in creating a book commemorating the 1979 tornado .

Another passion for Clayton is revitalizing downtown Wichita Falls. At 28-years-old, Clayton is president of Downtown Proud. He says he doesn't just think the area will make a comeback, he knows it will.

"We're just going to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. Everything we've raised money for is going back into downtown and we're really seeing the benefits of it," Lane explained.

Projects he's worked on this year include Saint Pat's Festival and the recent Zombie Crawl.

"Everyone has fun. There's a magical moment of Halloween for all ages, but we can't stop doing it. So many people say we can't wait til next year," said Lane.

He's also been involved in Downtown Proud's efforts to revitalize the farmer's market and restoring the original Zale's building.

Lane told us, "Downtown has so much potential, so much beauty so much history. It's something I think is really starting to come back."

But his community efforts don't end there. He volunteers at events like T.H.O.R., Hotter N' Hell and Fallsfest.

He's working with Campfire USA, Eagle Scouts, and Children's Miracle Network Ranch Days. Lane is a member of the Lake Wichita Study Committee as well as Wichita Falls Young Professionals.

"I see them taking this and being the next generation, but there are huge shoes to fill. The young generation has a lot of ambition, but there are some really big shoes to fill. The older generation has done spectacular things for the city," Lane said.

Owens and Brumley Funeral Homes congratulates Clayton Lane. And of course, if you know someone who you think deserves to be a Spirit of Texoma Award winner, go here http://thp.upickem.net/engine/YourSubmission.aspx?contestid=42428  and nominate them now.
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