Craig Bruce Claar

Craig Bruce Claar (Huckleberry), age 60, passed away on April 24, 2009.

Craig Bruce Claar

Craig Bruce Claar



He was born August 23, 1948 in San Diego, California.  The son of George Claar and Maggie Quinby Claar, both deceased.  Craig graduated from Felix High School in 1966. He lived his youth in San Diego and most of his adult life in Spokane, Washington.


He enlisted in the US Navy at eighteen and spent four years in Vietnam as a BT Boilerman, who was in charge of 100 other young men.  After the Navy, he worked at Washington Water Power as a Steam Engineer for thirteen years.  During his duration at WWP, he owned/operated Country Auto Rebuilders.  Soon after WWP, Craig moved onto sales as a Snap-On Tools Dealer.  Craig spent the last 15 years of his life as a General Contractor in Washington.


He was passionate about life, family & friends.  Craig was known for his happy personality, honesty and integrity.  Craig’s trademark was his Huckleberry handshake, and his motto when asked how he was,

                   Happy, healthy, mean, rotten, ornery, and ugly.”


Craig was gifted with the creative ability to play music “by ear”, draw, build and create anything he wanted.  Motorcycles were his life.  He loved to ride, whether it was dirt or street, curvy or straight, coast to coast.  Craig’s love of fast cars allowed him to appreciate the symphony of a well built and finely tuned engine.


Craig is survived by Janet, wife of twenty-five years, children, Jade Claar, Dawn Gregg, Kelly Claar and Jason Claar;  eight grandchildren, his siblings, Connie Flagg, Judy Perez and Todd Claar.


Craig was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Paul Claar, 1988.


Craig will be interned,  with full Military Honors, in the Spokane National Cemetery in June 2010, when the cemetery is completed.

2 Responses to “Craig Bruce Claar”

  • Mike says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Craig for a few summers at WWP. He was a positive person and very supportive and loyal to his friends. He always met you with his big smile and hearty handshake. He was an artist with metal and paint and I was in awe of those skills which he possessed. I hadn’t seen Craig for many years but have good memories of the time while he was a co-worker and friend.

  • Judy Perez says:

    Craig and I were close growing up and after we both were married he came to live with me near Spokane. Our children grew up together and are still very close. He really liked snickerdoodles and talked me into making them weekly. I did not see him much after 1985 when he moved out of Washington State. Before that he kept my little pick up running great.It is hard to believe he has passed away He made everyone laugh with his happy energy.

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