Donald M. Clayton, 70, formerly in charge of the Navy's officers and petty officers clubs, died of cancer Monday at the Sleepy Hollow Nursing Home, where he had resided for about five months.

As a civilian employe in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he became head of the clubs in 1950. He held that same job while serving on military duty during the Korean conflict ad kept it after returning to civilian status until his retirement in 1971.

Me. Clayton was born in Providence, R. I. He was a graduate of Philips Andover Academy and Brown University, where he received a master's degree in economics.

He saw military duty with the Navy in World War II and remained in the Naval Reserves after the war. He was assistant business manager at Brown University from 1947 to 1950. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Clayton worked as an agent in charge of group travel for Engzor Travel Service in Arlington.

He was a past president of the Bureau of Naval Personel Recreation Association and the Vista and Nueva Investmet Club. He had been active in the Boy Scouts.

He is survived by his wife, Margaretta of Falls Church; a son, Nelson of Sydney, Australia; a daughter, Valerie C. Tangen of Juneau, Alaska, and five grandchildren.