Obituary — Robert W. Hoyer,
March 11, 1921 – Feb. 20, 2024

CLAYTON, CA (Mar. 15, 2024) — Robert W. Hoyer, a longtime resident of Clayton, passed away at his home on Feb. 20. He was 102 years old.

A native of Oakland, he was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army as a ­captain. He graduated from the Mackay School of Mining at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he met and married Eldora. After living in Battle Mountain, Nev., and Pleasant Hill, they moved to Clayton in 1960.

The Hoyers joined others in leading a successful cityhood campaign, and he became the first mayor of Clayton in 1964. He was reelected four times and also served as chairman of the county Mayor’s Conference, a director of the Bay Area Pollution Control District and on the League of California Cities committee on urban quality.

After he retired from the City Council in 1980, he worked with Eldora on their dream for a downtown park. He served on the design committee, and The Grove Park opened on Jan. 12, 2008, which was one of his proudest moments in Clayton. He continued to be active in the Clayton Historical Society and many other ­Clayton community events.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Eldora. He was the father of Robert W. Hoyer Jr., Fred M. Hoyer and Helen E. Falcone; grandfather of Robert, Brian, Kevin and Mia; and great grandfather of Collin, Mckenzie and Amanda.

At the request of the family, no ­formal services will be held. There will be a private family inurnment.
If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the Clayton Historical Society, P.O. Box 94, Clayton, CA 94517-0094.

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