Calvin McNair, 76, long-time Lakeview resident passed away at home in the wee hours of Monday morning, June 29, 2020.
Born to Alfred David McNair and Elsie Mae Watson on Sept. 25, 1943 at the Indian Agency in Sprague River. At the age of 12, he became a resident of Lakeview. Calvin was a Northern California Pit River Indian from the Madesi Band.
Calvin learned to ride horseback as a very small child and spent many years on the rodeo circuit, riding bulls, team roping, participating in the wild cow milking contest and the wild horse race with his brothers and nephews.
Calvin began training to be a butcher as a teenager working for Norman Bond of Bond Meat Co. in Lakeview, and continued butchering all his adult life. Calvin also worked many years for the Reed Ranch on the Westside of Lakeview where he learned to operate haying equipment, doctor livestock, participate in the yearly brandings and drive cattle to the mountains and back each year. He worked in the lumber industry as a heavy equipment operator, driving truck, watering roads, hauling logs and driving forklift for Woodgrain Millworks, Inc. He worked for the Perlite mines in north Lake County and also the Rock Quarry. He spent his life helping out numerous ranching friends hauling cattle and hay, branding and taking care of stock.
Calvin loved nothing more than sitting around a campfire swapping stories about his childhood and the many adventures he had growing up. He loved family get-togethers, hunting, fishing and driving through the mountains. He was a great cook and loved showing off his homemade rolls.
He was preceded in death by: both parents; brothers, Midge, Norman, Vernon and Austin; sisters, Ruth, Jeannette and Ruby.
He is survived by: Elizabeth Rose McNair who was the pride of his life; brother, Jim McNair; sister, Sadie Fisher; and five grandchildren, Kaydden, Bridgett, Kaleb, Lavinia and Jacquelyn; numerous nephews and nieces, all of which he loved dearly.
A celebration of Calvin’s life will be held at a later date.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.