Hall of Distinction Class of 1992-1993

Donald W. Clayton was born in Bakersfield, California, relocated to Louisiana at an early age, and grew up in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. He received his B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University in 1959. To finance his education he worked as a roughneck in the Gulf of Mexico and as a student employee of LSU’s Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Immediately after graduation, he began his career as a production engineer for Superior Oil Company working on numerous assignments in secondary recovery, ultrasonic testing of production equipment and completion techniques for ultra high pressure natural gas reservoirs. He advanced through a number of engineering, drilling and producing supervisory assignments working in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.

In 1968, he was promoted to Manager of Engineering and relocated to South Africa. Superior Oil drilled five exploratory wells in the Indian Ocean and found hydrocarbons in five hundred feet of water eighty miles offshore of Cape Town.

In 1970, Clayton returned to Lafayette, Louisiana, as Superior Oil Co.’s general petroleum engineer. He specialized in drilling, completing and producing high volume geopressured reservoirs. In this assignment he developed the procedure and modified equipment to run, set, cement and squeeze the top of the liner with one trip in the well bore. This procedure is still used by industry today on deep, difficult, high pressure gas wells.

Form 1972 to 1984, Clayton managed operations in the Eastern United States, Gulf of Mexico, Columbia, South America, the North Sea, Sicily, New Guinea and Africa. In 1985, Clayton joined Burlington Northern as a Senior Vice President of the oil and gas subsidiary that later became known as Meridian Oil/Burlington Resources.

Clayton was promoted to President and CEO of Meridian Oil in 1987. He was an industry-recognized pioneer in the development of Horizontal Drilling and Coal Seam Degasification Technology.

While the domestic oil and gas industry was downsizing, his vision of applying state-of-the-art technology to an expanding asset base allowed Meridian Oil to become the seventh largest holder of natural gas reserves in the United States. Subsequently, he was elected to the Board of Directors and named President of Burlington Resources while continuing his duties as President and CEO of Meridian Oil.

Clayton has patented procedures and equipment currently used in the oil and gas industry. He is a member of Phi Epsilon Tau Honorary Society, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a registered professional engineer. He is past member of the LSU Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Committee serving from 1989 to 1992.

In 1993, Clayton co-founded Voyager Energy Corp. where he currently serves as President and Director. He is also a director of Great Western Resources.

Mr. Clayton is married to an LSU graduate, the former Gloria Ann Pichon of Slidell, Louisiana, and they have two daughters and a son: Gethyn, Ann, and John.