Claire F. Story

April 23, 1926May 7, 2013

An icon of north Spokane, our dad, Claire Story, 87, passed away at Hospice House of North Idaho on May 7, 2013. To know Dad was to know a man of passion for life and adventure. He was a husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle and friend. Known all over Spokane, he was a teacher (at Emerson, Balboa, and Logan), the owner of Story's Swim School (where a generation of kids learned to swim), a realtor, and a Boy Scout executive. Dad loved fishing (almost as much as talking about it later), woodworking, outdoors, travel and golf. Dad leaves behind his daughter Sheryl (Dana) Caldart, and his son Don (Teri) Story and his five grandkids -- Catlyn Caldart and James, Elsie, Annie and Jonathan Story, and wife Sue Fall-Story.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Claire's life on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Audubon Park United Methodist Church at 3908 Driscoll Blvd., Spokane, where he and Mom were active members since 1958. There will also be a Memorial Service held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Hayden, ID. Private interment at Fairmount Memorial Park, Spokane, WA

Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St., Spokane, 99206 at (509) 327-6666 is in charge of the arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Claire F. Story

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Marsha Wikum

May 14, 2013

About 44 years ago, Claire taught our daughter to swim. She was 5 and after 5 days swam the length of his pool. SHE eventually was a competitive swimmer. I still see him on the first day litterly throwing her into the deep end. I was Panic stricken, she came up laughing and asking for more. He was a wonder and to this day, remembered his name. So very sorry for your loss of a really COOL man!

May 13, 2013

My deepest sympathies to all of Cousin Claire's family. Unfortunately, I hadn't seen seen Claire in a few years, but I know he will be missed by all who knew him. He was a very nice and sincere person.
Janet Shilliam Gettman

Kelly Prudek

May 12, 2013

Your Dad's life was so full and generous; a true icon, who will be greatly missed this side of heaven. May you be comforted by the Comforter.

May 10, 2013

We only knew you for a short period of time and learned what a Godly person you were. We felt we had know you for a lifetime. You will be miss by many. We send our deepest sympathy to the family and to his wife Sue Falls
Mary and Del Still

Rog and Jan Pike

May 10, 2013

We remember Pop's friendliness and smile. We love your family and ask God to comfort you.

Patty Palumbo

May 10, 2013

We have many wonderful memories of Mr. Story and his pool. Our children, Shaun and Michele Kelly, took swimming lessons from this most wonderful teacher and neighbor. Claire was always so positive and pleasant. Our sincere sympathy to all the family.

Joan Proulx (Wareham)

May 10, 2013

Deepest sympathies to the Story family, which was always such a part of our lives growing up. Claire was my first swimming instructor, and for a time he led the bell choir at church. Great memories. Peace and love to your family.

Joan Havens-Schwisow

May 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Story Family. Claire always made me feel like part of your family. I have many fond memories of my times at the Story Household.
Claire your smile will always stay in my heart.

Marilyn Wareham

May 10, 2013

The Wareham family send their deepest sympathies. We have many happy memories
of our years with the Storys.

Larry Warren

May 9, 2013

The world will miss a fine man and my children, grown now with kids of their own will miss their first swimming instructor.