Samuel F Clair

February 1, 1920December 16, 2011

SAMUEL FREDERICK CLAIR Samuel Frederick Clair, age 91, of Needles, Calif., passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 16, 2011. Sam was born on February 1, 1920 in Barberton, Ohio. He was a member of the 77th Infantry Division during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. After returning from the war he began farming in Hanoverton Township, Ohio. In 1957 Sam moved his family to San Diego, Calif. and worked for General Dynamics and was a sergeant on the San Diego Police Department Reserves. Sam accepted a position with the State of California Department of Employment, Farm Labor Service in 1961 where he advanced to District Manager. He retired from state service in 1982. Sam relocated to Needles, Calif. in 1990 and became a member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Colorado River Station Citizens Patrol and attained the position of Commander.

Sam was preceded in death by one daughter, Freda Boecker; and two sons, Frederick and Jack Clair.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary L. Clair; children , Blaine Clair, Rogers, Ohio; Marilyn Price, Moreno Valley, California; Janet Roberts, Camarillo, California; Stanley Clair, Henderson, Nevada; Beatrice Richardson and Larry Clair, Fort Mohave, Arizona; additionally he had 22 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Those wishing to attend, viewing will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Memorial Service will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 22, 2011, (all times Pacific), at Dimond and Sons Needles Mortuary, Third and “E” Streets, Needles, Calif. Burial to follow at Needles Riverview Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 21, 2011
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 22, 2011

Samuel F Clair

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Karen Haralson

December 27, 2011

I dont believe that you remember me I am Uncle Fred's, brother Walter oldest daughter Karen Clair Haralson & I just want all of you to know you are in my prayers & may God bless each of you

December 23, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with yall. My dad Walter thought alot about Uncle Fred He looked up to his Big Brother almost like a father I know now he is in heaven with dad . This is comforting thought Aunt Mary my mom Doris says she loves and misses ypu. and wil be praying the family.
Love from the Clair Family in Va

Alfred & JoAnn Clair Jr.

December 22, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with Fred and the family. Dad often talked of Fred and I still think of your visit to Ohio, when I was still a teenager. I wish we'd all lived closer, seems all my favorite relatives lived too far away. I'm glad some of the family, from Ohio, managed to get together with all of you in recent years. I would have liked to have been with you all. Today, I am again with you in thought. God bless.

Alfred and Rosey Clair

December 22, 2011

My Love and Prayers are with the loving Family of my Brother Fred. He has been my HERO for the 81 years of my life, he was always a wonderful example to follow. As a boy and man I went to him when the advise mattered, and he always gave me a good path to fo take. I will miss him. Buck Clair Elkhorn, Nebraska

Nancy Kovack

December 22, 2011

Dearest Aunt Mary, Marilyn, Janet, Bea, Larry, Blaine, & Stanley, I may be physically far away, but I'm keeping all of you close in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so fortunate to have been able to sit at the table and listen to Uncle Fred talk about when he & my dad were young men. Love to you all, your cousin - Nancy (Clair) & Matt Kovack