Architect and builder William Cloyd Sr. dies at 84

Sheriff's officials clear the scene of an incident where a person head-butted the window of a patrol car and jumped out while traveling at full speed on Highway 14 near Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday. Nikolas Samuels/The Signal

Noted Santa Clarita architect and homebuilder William C. Cloyd, Sr. died last month at his home on Iron Canyon Road.
Cloyd, a driving force in the growth of Sand Canyon for decades, was 84.

Born in Kentucky, he moved to California as a boy with his family, and chose architecture as his calling while still in his teens.

Cloyd designed award-winning churches, hospitals, and custom homes throughout Southern California and the Santa Clarita Valley, with a focus on Sand Canyon. He established Cloyd Construction as a young man. The company is now under the leadership of his son, Bill Jr.

A member of the American Institute of Architects, Cloyd became a well-regarded, genre-authentic architect and builder, emphasizing structural integrity.
He was a member of group of eight American international hunters, the ATeam, and was invited as first-time ambassadors to Russia, Siberia and the Ukraine. He was an international traveler and a pilot, and had a second home in Anchorage, Alaska.

His commitment to the community was evidenced in his contributions and service to the Foundation Board of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, College of the Canyons and others.

He is survived by his wife, Erica, sisters Bonnie and Carolyn and spouses Kurt and Ken, and their families; Frank Huff and his family; many beloved cousins; children: Bill Jr. and Rachel and spouses; grandchildren: Carissa and Travis and spouses; as well as his large family in Bluegrass Country. Bill was preceded in death by his late wife, Jeanette.

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