Clair Francis Rees, loving father, husband and friend passed on January 3, 2022 at age 83. He was born on June 6, 1938 in Provo, Utah to Zola and Francis Rees. He lost his father in a powerline accident at a young age and was raised by his loving mother.
Growing up without a father meant money was tight, he started working at a young age to help out with family finances. One of his first jobs was setting up the pins at the bowling alley after school.
He met his wife and mother of his three boys, Dixie L. Rees, at her father’s sporting goods store, Innes Sporting Goods, on Provo’s Center Street. They were married in 1959 until her passing in 2009.
Clair attended Kenyon College on scholarship and put himself through BYU by working at a shoe store as well as juggling marriage and fatherhood. He graduated from BYU with a major in English and minors in Mathematics and Physics. He was also in the Army Reserve where he achieved the rank of Staff Sargent.
After graduating college he held various public relations jobs including positions with the U.S. Forest Service, Eimco, Valtek and Mountain Fuel Supply.
His love of the outdoors and creative writing lead to his pursuing his passion to become an accomplished author. He wrote part time for many years until he became a full time freelance writer.
He was a highly respected author winning numerous awards and accolades, as well as traveling the world writing about his adventures.
Incredibly prolific, in one year alone he wrote over 700 articles and amazingly he completed articles on the first pass, with no editing,
He wrote for magazines such as Sports & Field, Outdoor Life, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Field and Stream and many others. He was also a contributing editor for Guns, Shooting Times and Guns and Ammo magazines.
When asked by a newspaper if he ever suffered from writer's block his response was, "I couldn’t afford writer's block. I had to support a family."
Over the course of his career he would author over 7,000 articles and 13 books as well as co-founding and editing WordPerfect, Muzzleloading Hunter and Shot Business magazines. He was actively writing until his 80th birthday.
His love and guidance were instrumental to his three sons becoming very successful professionally as well as people.
He is survived by his sons, Richard D. Rees and companion Melissa Lou Bledsoe, James M. Rees and wife Maribel, and John S. Rees and his wife Katie, Anastasia Rees, his grandchildren, Tyana Elizabeth, Micah James, Caleb Aidan, and Roman Rees, and longtime companion and de facto Rees, Elizabeth Lane.
Graveside service will be held at Provo City Cemetery, 610 South State Street, Provo, on Saturday January 15, 2022 at 11:00 am. The family requests that attendees wear a mask.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society.
Tributes can be sent to the family at www.walkersanderson.com
If you are unable to attend the graveside service for any reason a video of the graveside service will be uploaded to Clairs obituary page shortly following the service.