Obituary: Jimmy Ray Clair

Obituary: Jimmy Ray ClairJimmy Ray Clair passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital due to congestive heart failure. He was 58.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Foursquare Church in Johannesburg. The Reverend Ozzy Napolis, presided.

Jimmy was born Aug. 23, 1955, in Trona and was the third of five children. He attended kindergarten through fifth grade at the Trona Elementary School. Jimmy moved with his family to Red Mountain in 1966 where he attended the Rand School for the sixth grade. He was a student at James Monroe Junior High and was in Sherman E. Burroughs High School Class of 1973. He remained in Red Mountain until his passing.

Jimmy was miner by trade. He began his career working with his Great Uncle Don Clair at a family mine near Dyer, Nev., known as the Sylvania. He was also employed by the Rand Mining Company for several years. His final place of employment involved mining pumice with California Lightweight Pumice Inc. located east of Dunmovin.

Above all else, Jimmy was a very accomplished pianist. He was able to play anything that he wanted simply by listening to the piece. What was truly amazing about Jimmy is that he could also play the music he created and heard within his own mind.

His music was absolutely captivating if not mesmerizing. His family and friends never tired of listening to the beautiful sounds that came from his heart and touched our souls. He shared his special talent each Sunday at the Foursquare Church in Johannesburg. He did not read music. If he did not know the song that the congregation wanted to sing, he would have them start and then join in as soon as he caught on to the tune.

Jimmy is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Rae Clair of Red Mountain; his brother and companion, Garrison M. Clair (Tiger) and Kathi Renfer of Red Mountain; his sister and brother-in-law, Roxann and Chris Gibbs of Ridgecrest; stepson and daughter-in-law, Karsten and Paula Carson of Reno, Nev.; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Susanna and Mike Thurman of Las Vegas, Nev.; and stepdaughter and son-in-law, Lynnie and Scott Georgen of Pasadena.

He was “Opa” to 11 grandchildren and10 great-grandchildren. He was “Uncle Jimmy” to nephews Shane Rasmussen, Todd Casey Clair, and Nathaniel Clair; and nieces Jamie Clair and Stephanie Brown.

He was preceded in death by his wife and companion of 30 years, Barbara Clair; his father Jim Clair; his brother Robert Clair; and his brother and sister-in-law Todd and Chris Clair.

With gratitude, the family acknowledges the care and comfort provided to Jimmy from Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, the Randsburg Fire Department, Liberty Ambulance and Brigitte Fisk.

The family is especially grateful to Jamie Maxwell who helped so much during Jimmy’s final hours.

Jimmy will always be loved and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Submitted by the family of Jimmy Ray Clair

Story First Published: 2014-02-19