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Clair W. Andrus

Clair W. Andrus




: Ruby
: 1989 - 1991
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From Church News, 25 February 1989:

Clair W. Andrus, 60, Oak Hills 1st Ward, Provo Utah Oak Hills Stake; assigned to the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission; full-time missionary in Chile, former patriarch, bishop and branch president; served a mission to France, 1948-51; retired dentist; received bachelor's degree from BYU, doctor of dental surgery from Georgetown University, and master's in dentistry from University of Iowa; born in Ucon, Idaho, a son of Grant M. and May Walker Andrus.

Married Ruby McDonald; six children. She is a full-time missionary with her husband in Chile, former stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, Primary president, Junior Sunday School coordinator, seminary teacher, and den mother; served mission to Central States, 1949-1950; born in Ammon, Idaho, a daughter of Gustav Charles and Bertha Melinda Cook McDonald.




2003 - Our whereabouts and activities since we left the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission in July 1991:

  1. We spent one year in Provo, mostly occupied with visiting families and family reunions.
  2. In August of 1992 we left for the Spain Las Palmas Mission in the Canary Islands. We worked in two of those islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
  3. In May of 1993 we were transferred to Morocco in the Spain Malaga Mission (the old Spain Seville Mission). We served in a spanish town on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco.
  4. In November of 1993 we were transferred to mainland Spain and served in a Mediterranean coastal town called Motril, just below Granada, in the Spanish Sierra Mountains. We were released in Feb. 1994 and returned home in time for the wedding of our son Ron.
  5. From Feb. 1994 we visited family but after four months, were called in July of 1994 to be Mission Prisident to the Zaire Kinshasa Mission in Central Africa where the equator divided the six French-speaking countries of our mission: Zaire, Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central Africa Republic, and Gabon. The mission was almost as large as the U.S. Traveling took up much of our time as we worked with the 7000 members in those countries.
  6. In July 1995 we were released and returned from Africa to the USA and have spent our time in family reunions and family visiting.
  7. Sister Andrus has many new stories and will be happy to relate details if you visit our home near the BYU campus.



December 2007 - Clair W Andrus passed away peacefully at his home on December 10, 2007 after a noble battle with cancer. Clair was born on June 1, 1928 in Ucon, Idaho, son of Grant Munday Andrus and May Walker Andrus.

After graduating from high school in Ucon, he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, receiving his associate's degree. He served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from July 1948 to February 1951 in Belgium. Upon returning, he attended and graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

He married Ruby McDonald Andrus (who he referred to as "the Gem and Jewel" of his life) on March 14, 1951 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple. He graduated from Georgetown University Dental School in June of 1956. His two year military commitment was served as a dental intern in the United States Air Force. After establishing a private dental practice in Boise, Idaho, he received his Prosthetic degree along with his M.S. degree at the St. Louis University Dental School. Clair served twenty-nine years in the dentistry profession, including over twenty-one years as a Prosthodontist and practiced in Vietnam, Colorado, England, Florida, West Germany and California. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel to Provo, Utah in July of 1985.

After retirement, he and his wife, Ruby, served ten international missions for the LDS church. Clair served as mission president in Vietnam, and also presided as mission president with Ruby in Haiti and Africa. He also served as bishop and stake patriarch. Clair enjoyed fishing, serving others, engaging in genealogical research, writing his personal history for his family and religious studies.

Clair is survived by his wife, Ruby McDonald Andrus of Provo, Utah, son Michael G (Treasa) Andrus of Preston, Idaho, daughter Sandra Kay Andrus of Palm Desert, California, son Randy M (Cynthia) Andrus of Highland, Utah, son Ronald D (Suzette) Andrus of Seneca, South Carolina, son Roger C (Lynne) Andrus of Provo, Utah, son Rodney L (Myrian) Andrus of St. George, Utah, brother Grant Merrill Andrus of Orem, Utah, sister Renae Andrus Trammell of Gresham, Oregon, 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Clair is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Roberta.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Oak Hills First Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo, Utah.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo, Utah, from 6-8 p.m and again on Friday, December 14, 2007 at 9:30 -10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the chapel. A graveside service will take place at the Ucon Memorial Park Cemetery, 3960 East 105th North, Ucon, Idaho, on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. where full military honors will be accorded. Condolences may be sent to info@bergmortuary.com.

 

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