March 11, 2010
JAMES K. ST. CLAIR
(8/14/1943 - 3/1/2010)
James (Jim) K. St. Clair, 66, joined his Lord and Savior on March 1, 2010 in Tucson, AZ. He was born to Orville and Hazel St. Clair on August 14, 1943 in Wyaconda, Missouri.
Jim graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Chemical Engineering. His professional career included working in many manufacturing plants as an engineer and held many management positions. He met his wife, Darlene, when he moved to Wyoming to help Chevron Chemical construct and operate a grass roots phosphate fertilizer plant. They retired to Tucson, AZ in 1999 so Jim could pursue his passion for golf. He briefly returned to employment and worked for Evergreen Air Center.
Jim loved flying, golfing, reading, and fishing. Most of all, he loved his Missouri Tigers.
Jim was always known by his friends for his infectious smile and charismatic personality. Jim was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. He touched many lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Orville (Pete) St. Clair, Jr.; and sister, Nedra Lee Gibbs; and brother-in-law Don Batty. He is survived by his wife and best friend Darlene; daughters Jenny Perez and Tammy Rice; son-in-law Adam Rice; and granddaughter Avery; father and mother-in-law, Curtis and Elaine Batty; brother-in-law Russ Gibbs, Eugene, Wayne (Kris), and Gary (Jilynn) Batty; and sisters-in-law Martha St. Clair and Hazel (Galen) Myers; nieces Linda Kramer (Bruce Manley) and Pam St. Clair (Tom Hall); nephews Vern St. Clair (Mary Beth), Randy (Charlene) and Andy Gibbs (Kelli); several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. Also surviving are school friends, whom he considered his best friends, three of whom he went all 12 years of school with. They are including, Rodney Smith, Duane Ebeling, Gary Kapfer and Allan Egbert, who, along with their wives had spent the last few years vacationing in Arizona, and reliving many good times spent in Wyaconda.
A memorial was held Saturday, March 6 at the Barrier Chapel of Casas Adobes Church at 10801 N LaCholla Blvd. in Tucson, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Casa de la Luz Hospice Fountain, 400 W. Magee, Tucson, AZ 85704 or Casas Adobe Benevolent Service Funds #569.