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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A popular Dayton philanthropist has died at the age of 82.

According to a statement from the Mathile Family Enterprise, 82-year-old Clayton “Clay” Lee Mathile died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 26 at his home near Dayton. At the time of Mathile’s death, he was surrounded by family.

“Clay was a visionary leader, impassioned philanthropist, devoted husband, father, grandfather,
and friend,” the statement said. “He profoundly changed the lives of many through his generous heart, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his unwavering belief in others.”

Clayton and his wife, MaryAnn, had become the sole owners of The Iams Company, which produces dog and cat food.

Leaders and organizations have began to release statements remembering Mathile. Click here to read them.

The official website for the former philanthropist has been updated to a special memorial website.