Clair Leon McLain

September 21, 1940 ~ October 25, 2021 (age 81)


On October 25, 2021, the Angels all cried. They found themselves reaching out to help another soul. The welcomed soul was Clair Leon McLain.
Clair was born September 21, 1940 in a section house, beside the railroad tracks in Bancroft, Idaho, to Willis and Marguerite (White) McLain. He had two older sisters, Jeannette and Sharon. Six years after Clair, a little brother, Odell, arrived.
Clair was raised and educated in Pocatello where he would make several lifelong friends. He graduated from Pocatello High School in 1958. After graduation, he joined the Army reserves.
On May 14, 1959, Clair would meet his future wife, Mary Ellen Bunner. They married, February 19, 1960. Together they raised three children; Michael Dean McLain, Renae McLain (Bentley) and Dawn McLain (Boswell). Clair and Mary Ellen enjoyed 61 years together.
Clair learned at a young age the importance of hard work. He spent many summers working alongside uncles and cousins while learning to farm and raise animals. There is where the magic happened, his affection for the four-legged animal, the horse. Clair cherished his prized quarter horses. He became an accomplished horse-trainer, an avid well-known icon around the region at the local racetracks while, taking home a trophy or two. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Clair was a very good mechanic always tinkering on an engine, nothing he could not try to tackle with success. His skills took him to work at Associated Foods, Kraft Foods and later as a machinist working for the Union Pacific Railroad where he retired after 32 years of service.
Clair was a remarkable neighbor and friend to all who knew him. He was always ready with a helping hand, positive attitude and a smile. His social, boisterous voice and belly laugh with a twinkle in his blue eyes, told you that he cared about your comfort and well-being.
If Clair could have given you all one thing, a gift just before leaving, it would have been a big ol’ smile, to put into your heart to last a long, long while.
Forever Loved, Forever Missed.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

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