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Obituary: Clair Frischknecht

8/30/30 ~ 5/6/03

Clair E. Frischknecht passed away at his home in Ogden on May 6, 2003 due to natural causes.

He was born August 30, 1930 in Manti, Utah to Wilford and Elda Christensen Frischknecht. He grew up in Manti, where he worked on the family farm and herded sheep in the summers. He graduated from Manti High School, where he played on the tennis and basketball teams. He graduated from Snow College, where he was an All-Conference basketball player. Clair married Jean Miller on September 14, 1950 in the Manti Temple and moved to Logan, where he graduated from Utah State University. They moved to Ft. Lee, Virginia where he served on active duty for two years during the Korean War. Ogden has been their home since 1955.

Clair worked at Hill Air Force Base in many capacities. Most of his career was spent in Human Resource Management, including eight years managing a world wide program for the Department of Defense. For this he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Secretary of Defense. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for over 30 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel, and served as Chief of Staff for the 96th Army Reserve Command. He was a graduate of the Army War College, the Air War College and the Command and General Staff Course. He received numerous military awards and medals including the Legion of Merit and was named to the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for


Clair was actively involved in the LDS Church, where he held many positions of responsibility, including stake presidency 1st Counselor, Bishop, High Councilor, Branch President, High Priest Group Leader, Elders Quorum president, and most recently as Stake Executive Secretary. He was a faithful home teacher throughout his life. Clair and his wife also served as supervisors of the Baptistry in the Ogden Temple. Clair provided voluntary service in the community. He served as Chairman of the Ogden Civil Service Commission and Chairman of the Ogden City Budget Advisory Committee. He was active in the PTA, Scouts, youth sports and served on the Ogden Pioneer Days Celebration Committee. He also announced the horse races at the Sanpete County Fair for many years. He enjoyed many leisure activities, including golf, walking, hunting, and horseback riding. He also had his private pilot's license.

Clair's greatest treasure was his loving wife, Jean and his greatest pride his children and grandchildren. He was a model husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; four children, Scott (Kaye) Frischknecht, Centerville, UT; David (Nancy) Frischknecht, Fruit Heights, UT; Kathie (Tom) Lee, Logan, UT; Roger (Lori) Frischknecht, Brigham City, UT; 20 grandchildren; one great-grand child. He is also survived by three brothers, Dean (Kathryn) Frischknecht, Corvallis, OR; Kay (Jean) Frischknecht, Manti; Don Frischknecht, Midvale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Neil Frischknecht and sister Audrey Bonnell.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. at the Ogden Malan's Peak LDS Ward Chapel, 1647 26th Street. Friends may call at the Myers Mortuary in Ogden, 845 Washington Blvd., on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel on Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Interment, Manti City Cemetery.

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