DIXON – Clair Jay Rasmussen was born on July 28, 1947, in Glasgow to Clarence and Maxine (Eayrs) Rasmussen. He attended grade school in Malta before moving and graduating from Glasgow High School in 1965. Following graduation, he attended Eastern Montana College, graduating in 1969 with a degree in elementary education. He began his teaching and coaching careers in Glasgow.
In 1976, Clair and Janet Sanders were married at Point Caroline, Lakeside. 1979 brought their first daughter, Anne, followed in 1980 with Jenna and in 1985 the family was completed with the arrival of Carrie.
After receiving his master of education from the University of Montana, Clair began his administrative career in Terry in the fall of 1980. His career took the family from Terry to Conrad, Ekalaka, Ennis and Charlo, where he retired from administration in 2011.
During his entire educational career, he was involved with sports in some capacity – coaching football, track and wrestling; officiating volleyball, baseball and basketball, and was activity director in Charlo from 1999-2012.
Service was an important aspect of Clair’s life. Throughout his life he was involved in Lions, Kiwanis, Elks, Masons and Shriners in various communities. He proudly served on the board of directors for “The Clev” – Bob Cleverley 8-Man All-Star Football Game – for the past 15 years.
Clair is survived by his wife Janet of Dixon; daughters, Anne (Shane) Vander Vloedt and grandchildren Caitryn and Magnus of Puyallup, Washington, Jenna (Brendan) Briggs and grandchildren Finley and Elise of Missoula and Carrie Rasmussen and Neil Williams of Missoula. He is also survived by sister Penny (Greg) Brabec of Billings; brother-in-law Wayne Sanders of Spokane; sister-in-law Cheryl (Doug) Aklestad of Shelby and brother-in-law Kelly (Carol) Sanders of Billings, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Maxine (Eayrs) Rasmussen.
Clair passed away at home on Friday, July 31, 2015, of heart failure due to complications of diabetes, a disease he had battled since 1970.
A celebration of life will be held in Missoula on Friday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Downtown. A light buffet will be served. If not able to attend, please keep the family in your prayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Clev, c/o Rick Miller, P.O. Box 665, Fairview, MT 59221.