Will Vinton

  • Born: November 17, 1947
  • Died: October 4, 2018
  • Location: Portland, Oregon


Claymation animator brought California Raisins to lifeā€¦

Will Vinton, the animator behind the California Raisins and who coined the term Claymation, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, after a long battle with cancer, according to multiple news sources. He was 70. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Mrs. Stroud - Hammond, IN - neighbor   November 26, 2018

My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He lived a long life and accomplished much and yet it still was too short. He will be missed but not forgotten -Malachi 3:16

Posted by K B - AL   October 25, 2018


I've watched all of his specials, the animated California Raisins show, and The P.J.s on television as well as The California Raisins commercials that also had Ray Charles cameo.

Posted by Wayne Tubbs - Crockett, TX   October 21, 2018

I loved your animation techniques, the California Raisins ads, and the one for the Incredible Edible Egg cracked me up when I was stationed by the Navy in California. I also enjoyed the PJs. It's very meticulous work but you gave us thrills - you made TV ads fun, and your techniques have led to other great things too. Thank you for all you've done. God bless.

Posted by James Heine - Columbus, OH   October 17, 2018


I have been with Alaska Airlines for 36 years, at Porland International Airport.In that long stretch of time, I have many good memories of checking Mr. Vinton in for Alaska flights to California.He always took the time to chat with me, and talk about his latest claymation project. His life and claymation have touched the world.Rest in peace, Mr. Vinton.

Posted by Mary Cunningham - Sherwood, OR - acquaintance   October 14, 2018

Condolences to the family of Mr. Will Vinton -
Your dear one will not be forgotten. Reflecting on pleasant times with your loved ones can warm your heart. Please keep the wonderful memories and share them with one another especially the children.

Posted by Ann L - NJ   October 12, 2018

To the Family of Will Vinton,

I am so sorry for your loss. The California Raisins were one of my favorites. May the God of all Comfort be with you during this difficult time.

Posted by - MD   October 11, 2018


Posted by River View Cemetery    October 11, 2018

My condolences to the Vinton Family and friends for the loss of your dear WILL. May your grief be overshadowed by special memories that will comfort you and help you cope (Daniel 12:13) ~ Linda, Queens, NY

Posted by A friend   October 10, 2018

May you take comfort in the fact that god will make you firm and he will make you strong in your time of sorrow

Posted by A friend   October 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss. May you find peace in knowing that God cares for you. 1Peter 5:6,7

Posted by Cindy - AR   October 10, 2018

I enjoy and admire people with great imagination, and through his creativity, Will Vinton took you to another level of an imaginary adventure. Vinton was a good, talented man, but he left a legacy of creativity... My sincere condolences to family and friends for your loss. Although comforting words won't take away your pain, our Heavenly Father can truly become your Stronghold in moments of grief - for He will never abandon those who trust in Him.

Posted by - FL   October 10, 2018

May our loving and comforting God give all of you, family and friends the comfort that you need in your time of sorrow.

Posted by pat thomas - GA   October 10, 2018

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2018

I used to love these characters back in the day. He had a nice imagination. May you find comfort in your memories and the love of one another until the day when we are reunited with our loved ones.

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2018


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   October 08, 2018

To family and friends of Mr. Vinton, I am sorry for your loss. I vividly remember all of The California Raisin commercials. He was very talented. I pray your family will draw closer and you will call to God for comfort during this difficult time.

Posted by L. Sydnor - Chicago   October 08, 2018

Vinton family, you have our condolences and sympathy for your loss. My brothers and I spent many Saturday mornings watching and singing along with the California raisins commercials. I have many memories of the laughs that we also had as a family watching the PJs.

Having those memories because of him is something that I'm sure many others share in. With his talent he gave others joy and laughter, that in itself is a great gift. In scripture it mentions that "there is more happiness in giving than in receiving" and my family is thankful for what he gave because it has given us great times together.

Cherish the good memories of your times shared with him because those good times and memories can carry you through the difficult times. Know that when we're low in spirits, God is closest to us. Ps34:17-19

Posted by Thomas Family - Cleveland, OH   October 08, 2018

Mr.Vinton will truly be missed. May the God of all comfort be with his family. 2 Cort.1:4

Posted by Cici    October 08, 2018

Saddened to hear of your loss. Condolences to family and friends.

Posted by A friend   October 08, 2018

We offer our sympathies to all who loved Will. May the God of all comfort help to ease the pain of losing him.

Posted by Wanda and Familt    October 08, 2018

Will was an inspiration to untold numbers of art students.

Posted by A friend   October 07, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   October 07, 2018

To the family, please accept my deepest condolences. May all find strength and rest from Almighty God during this time.

Posted by A friend   October 07, 2018

I am sorry for your loss.

Our heavenly Father promises to help you during this difficult time. When you have a moment, read Psalms 136:23: "He remembers us when we are low."


Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018

My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Vinton. May you be comforted by the love, the hugs, and the attention that you receive from those who surround you. Please know that this is a reflection of the love and comfort given to the downhearted by our loving Heavenly Father (2 Cor7:6).

Posted by Mariela Ramirez - Sacramento   October 06, 2018


Godspeed Will, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   October 06, 2018


Prayers for all. My brother, Bill, lost his battle with colon cancer back on 6/30/18. Loved the California Raisins, so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Margaret Apple - Lebanon, TN   October 06, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. It's so difficult to lose a loved one under untimely circumstances. May you find comfort from knowing God truly cares
May "the God of peace," (2 Thess. 3:16) be with your family as you deal with your loss

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018


God bless you and your loved ones ~ Rest in peace.

Posted by Jane Dowling - Waterbury, CT   October 06, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   October 06, 2018

So very sorry for the loss of such a talented man.I loved watching claymation in action.My sincere condolences.May our God of tender mercies be with all the family and friends at this time.

Posted by C S - Louisiana   October 06, 2018

When someone we love falls asleep in death the memories we have of them become our treasure, may those cherished memories of a life well lived and Gods promise at John 6:40 bring you a measure of comfort during this most difficult time. I loved those California raisins he was a such a talented man. My condolences to the family.

Posted by S W    October 06, 2018

"Even in laughter the heart may feel pain..."-Proverbs 14:13. During this time of sorrow, smiles still come to mind thinking of your talented loved one. May you find solace, in the days ahead.

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2018


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greenfield, WI   October 06, 2018

Family you have my condolences, Will had God given talents, I have most of the California raisins. Blessings and Strength to you all.

Posted by K. K. Collins - GA   October 05, 2018

Our sincere condolences to your family for your great loss. May you find comfort in the memories of good times together, and hope in the words of the greatest man who ever lived to his friend that passed away:
"Lazarus, come out! 44The man who had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them: Free him and let him go.

Posted by JS - Baton Rouge, LA   October 05, 2018

Such a talented man
Was wonderful to grow up with some of his creations'
I never tire of rewatching them!!

Posted by Tim Souders - Andover, KS   October 05, 2018

We can all be grateful when someone like Will comes along, sharing his talent to add a smile to our faces, and a chuckle in our hearts.
His work is memorable, and added life to life.

Sending condolences,


Posted by - OH   October 05, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by M B    October 05, 2018

Gillian, I worked with you many years ago; I at Salem-Keizer Schools and you were a contractor for us. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Donna Hayes - Salem, OR - coworker   October 05, 2018

Mr Vinton was a brilliant artist. He captured motion in general like no other artist in his field. It is a sad day for those of us who really enjoyed his creations. Sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by T.W. Day - Pinehurst, TX   October 05, 2018

I would like to offer my condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   October 05, 2018

The PJ's was my favorite show! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. You will be missed. May your family feel comforted and loved by the tender mercies from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

2Thessalonians 2:16,17
Stockbridge Ga

Posted by A friend   October 05, 2018

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