Clair Charles Inghram died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, of kidney and heart failure at home with his family at his side. He was born at White’s hospital in Lewiston, Idaho, on Feb. 20, 1929, the only son of Clarence and Grace (Fargo) Inghram. Clair grew up with his sister, Winifred, in Grangeville, Nezperce and Lewiston, Idaho, where his dad was on the state patrol. He graduated from the University of Oregon. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, graduating with a degree in business administration in 1951. After graduation he worked for the Dept. of Agriculture and then as city manager for the city of Moscow, Idaho.
He married Margie Wagner of Grangeville, Idaho, in 1962. During his 40-year career in the grain trade, he worked for Alber’s Milling, Arthur Hill, Grainex and Parrish & Heimbecker. Clair and Margie lived in Lewiston, Chehalis, Portland, Bellingham and Tacoma before moving to their current home in Bothell where they raised their five children, Gail, Carol, David, Bruce and Paul.
He was interested in his community and served on the city council and as mayor of both Bothell and Grangeville. He also served on the King County Boundary Review Board and Evergreen Hospice Foundation Board.
He is remembered for his gentle spirit, dry sense of humor, sharp intellect and steadfast devotion to his faith. He was respected for his professional work with both the community and his business dealings.
Clair loved his family. He enjoyed following the Oregon Ducks, the Mariners, Sonics, Trailblazers, Seahawks, big time wrestling and all the Little League games and recitals of his grandchildren. He was a longtime member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church where he often gave the sermons when the pastor was absent.
He is survived by his wife Margie; his five children, Gail and Steve Tri, Carol and Chris Shoemake, David and Lisa Inghram, Bruce and Mary Inghram, and Paul and Beth Inghram; his grandchildren, Parker, Jacob, and Marie Tri, Eli and Ben Shoemake, Devon and Will Inghram, Kristi and Joey Inghram, and Anna and Cate Inghram. His sister, Winifred Clay, also survives him.
The funeral was held on Nov. 23 at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church at 19540 104th Ave NE in Bothell, Wash. A memorial service will be held in Lewiston, Idaho, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Presbyterian Church for the purchase of a piano at 19540 104th Ave NE, Bothell,WA 98011.
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