Elbert County sheriff’s deputy dies at 30

Clay Livingston leaves behind wife and two young children

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Elbert County Sheriff’s Deputy Clay Livingston died of COVID on Dec. 3 — his 30th birthday — after a brief bout with the disease, according to announcements from the county and the sheriff's office.

Deputy Livingston's memorial service, which is open to the public, is set for  11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 13, at New Life Church, 11025 Voyager Parkway, Colorado Springs.

Livingston had served with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office since 2019 and was a patrol officer on the night shift. He was a Marine Corps veteran and is survived by his wife and two young children. The Elbert County Sheriff's Office said his death is considered a line-of-duty death.

Livingston spoke with the Elbert County News on Aug. 18 at the fourth annual Protectors of Elizabeth tribute to first responders. Livingston stood proudly in front of the Elbert County Sheriff’s SWAT vehicle as he shared his excitement for the event.

“This is my second year at the event,” said Livingston. “It is nice to see the community come together and show their appreciation.”

In the county’s announcement of Livingston’s death, Sheriff Tim Norton stated: “Clay will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a dedicated public servant and worked honorably to help make Elbert County a safer community. He was a valuable member of our Sheriff’s Office family and we are heartbroken by his loss.”

County Commission Chair Chris Richardson said: “The entire Elbert County organization joins Sheriff Norton and the department in mourning the loss of Deputy Livingston. We will keep those close to Clay in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.”

The official Elbert County Government Facebook page posted about the death of Livingston around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Two hours later, the post had been shared nearly 100 times.

“Another person gone too soon,” one commenter stated. “Thank you for your services, Deputy Livingston. Prayers to his wife and children.” Another commenter added: “too much loss in Elbert County.”

Livingston’s death was the third among Elbert County public servants in the span of 10 days. William “Mike” Graeff, the county’s deputy coroner and former coroner, died at age 73 on Nov. 24, and Bret Wade of the Elizabeth Board of Trustees died at age 47 on Nov. 28.

The county is collecting monetary donations through the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Foundation to support Deputy Livingston’s family. There are three ways to donate:

Online via Paypal: paypal.me/backthebadge721.

In person: Drop off a check made out to the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office  Foundation at 215 Comanche St. in Kiowa.

Mail: Mail a check made out to the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office Foundation to P.O. Box 7, Kiowa, CO 80117.

This story has been updated to include memorial service details and the cause of death announcement.

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