On Friday November 15th, 2019, Rodney Douglas St Clair passed away at the age of 74. Rod is remembered and loved by his wife Carol and his six Children, Julie, Janis, (Grant, his side kick), Melanie, Mary, and Maureen. And five Stepchildren Deb, Nancy, Dean, Becky and Sabrina. He was a loving Husband, Father and fun-loving Grandpa, and will be missed greatly. He was proceeded in death by Virginia, and Daughter Janis.
Rod was born Sept 04, 1945 in Kansas City, Kansas to loving Parents Arthur Wilmus St Clair and Ruth Marie O’Hair. He married Carol Loveland May 15th, 2017.
Beginning at the age of five he worked on the Dairy farm earning $1.00 a week from his Dad in Riverbank, California. In high school he worked at a nursery, continuing to help on the Dairy. He graduated high school in Riverbank, CA.
His last year of high school he joined the National Guard, they were told there was a war looming in Vietnam. He was in training in Fort Ord, there he served with his lifelong friend Bob Harvey. He was in the Guard for eight years and was never called to active duty except for the race riots in CA.
On returning home from his Military service he moved to the Bay area in CA where he became a carpet layer, there he met Gary Mitchell who became a lifelong friend.
His Father was ready to retire so Rod moved back to Riverbank and took over the Dairy business buying his Father out.
After one year he moved to Nampa, Idaho where he purchased his Dairy farm.
Rod began building bagging machines, which he designed and sold across the US and in Canada.
He purchased farms in NV, Marsing & Homedale, ID. At this time, he sold the Nampa farm and moved to Marsing.
With a handshake at a farm show in Nebraska he became a dealer to build portable scales. This handshake has continued for over 30 years and the business continues today.
Knowing Rod, he was always forging ahead, so he took on the Artex Dealership, and bought more land in NV.
He was looking forward to retirement and traveling with his sweetheart Carol.
Rod’s wife Carol said, “I’ve never met a more Christian and loving man in all the days of my life”. Rod worked hard, he laughed every day, and he fully embraced life.
A stranger to him was a friend he hadn’t met yet.
Rod & Carol’s favorite quote hanging in their home is,
“If I had my life to live over again… I’d find you sooner so I could love you longer”.
Note: This was the last picture taken of Rod three days before he passed away.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Marsing. The family will be receiving friends at the church at 9:00 a.m. one hour prior to the services starting. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com. 208-459-3629