I took a few minutes feeling sorry for someone just getting started and has a family that can't, or won't, help much. Maybe this and some work I will post on your Pittman Post to help get you going. I will be overly prescriptive of what to do because I did not know either when I started doing this stuff. If you happen to live in UT, you may be able to do this easier through your local County Vital Record Office.
JoAnn T Riley Clayton was born 02 Oct 1936 and died 02 Feb 1997 “of” Ogden, Weber Co, UT (from Social Security Death Index). You need to find the Cemetery she is buried at and go through exactly the same Questions/info I list for Joseph Gary Pittman (your post). If Gene Clayton is still alive in Ogden, surely you can contact him for info even if there is someone else in your family would rather you did not. Don’t let others wanting to write someone out of the family for personal reasons keep you from doing that if you want to. I bet you will regret it someday if you do. Exactly that very thing happened to my wife until she took a deep breath and made contact anyway. Both the person contacted and she felt much better about it afterwards! But do it directly, not through someone else.
Most of the key people you want to find were born after 1930 Census so finding their Cemetery Burial Records and State Death Certificates are your key items to focus on. Later you want their Marriage records. When you get ready for that if at all possible gather your other info and find out where your closest Latter Day Saints (Mormon) Family History Center is and what it’s hours are and GO THERE! The vast majority of “visitors” to a FHC as well as most of the Volunteers working there are not members of the LDS Church. The volunteer will show you how to access what records are available on LDS Microfilm. You CANNOT do Genealogy by only using the internet!
Call or look on-line for how to obtain a Death Certificate of “one of your direct ancestors” and get the death Certificate for JoAnn. It will usually have the names, birthplaces of the person’s parents and where they are buried.
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