Robert St. Clair

St. Clair

Robert Steven St. Clair

Robert Steven St. Clair, 67, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 of natural causes, peacefully and surrounded by family at Lake District Hospital in Lakeview.

Steve, as he preferred to be called, was born in Inglewood, Calif. on May 6, 1953 to Robert Glen St. Clair and Helen Marguerite St. Clair, nee Burbage. He was the third of three children born to the couple — all boys. The family moved to Redding, Calif. in the late 1950s and Steve attended schools in the Redding area up to his AA degree from Shasta College. After college Steve served a German-speaking mission in West Germany for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following his mission, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and was sent to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif.

He married Janet Marie Roselle on April 11, 1981 in Redding, Calif. The new couple had their only child, a son named Robert Evan St. Clair, while they were stationed in West Berlin, Germany. Steve was assigned to the 6912th Electronic Security Group and his main job was to monitor East German radio broadcasts during the period when East and West Germany were still divided. Steve comes from a family with a tradition of military service as his father and both brothers are veterans.

In addition to his Air Force career, at various times Steve worked for the California Department of Forestry as a firefighter, was a small business owner in Hyde Park, Utah, and for the last decade of his work life he operated as an independent contractor for the U.S. Postal Service. He delivered the mail between Lakeview and Silver Lake — 200 miles, six days a week, rain, snow, or shine.

However, his greatest joys were found in his personal life. His parents taught him the joys of camping and fishing at an early age and he loved it his whole life, always peering over maps and planning his next trip. As a young man his outdoor activities branched out to include backpacking and long-distance cycling. Steve was a cub scout and boy scout and continued as a long-time adult volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He especially enjoyed passing his love of the outdoors on to his son, Robert, and other young men. Steve was an avid reader over a broad range of subjects and could converse on many topics.

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while a senior in high school and was a committed disciple of Jesus Christ to the end. Steve and Janet and their son Robert were sealed as an eternal family on their fifth anniversary in the temple in Logan, Utah. One of his recent joys was to see his son Robert married to Jessica McCord last May (2020) in Lakeview. Most of all, he loved his wife Janet and his son Robert with all his heart and took great comfort from their presence at the end, as Janet takes comfort in the fact they will be together forever.

He is greatly loved by family and long-time friends and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by: his wife, Janet; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jessica; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rich and Lori St. Clair of Ridgecrest, Calif. and Russ and Judy St. Clair of McFarland, Wis.

His funeral was held on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. in the chapel in Lakeview where he’d attended church for the last 27 years. Steve will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery, as his mother and father were before him.

Donations should be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or to the charity or the donor’s choice.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expresses or the guest book signed online at www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com

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