Clarence Laurence Reinhart, "Slim" or "Big Bear" depending on when you met him, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City of complications of heart disease.
He was born May 13, 1928, in Fall City, Ore., the eldest of 10 children to Claude and Rose Reinhart. He spent his childhood in the Boise area.
Due to the Depression, he started working in construction at a very young age and became the youngest journeyman carpenter in Idaho at age 16. He and his father started remodeling homes after World War II and established C Reinhart & Son Inc. in 1951.
With the establishment of the AEC, they moved to Arco in 1949 and to Idaho Falls in 1951, building affordable housing. From 1951 to 1964, he started developing land on the west side of Idaho Falls as well as home and light commercial building.
Starting in 1964, his wife, Dorothy, continued to operate the home building business and he refocused his energies into civil concrete construction, which he operated until his retirement in 2010.
The retirement he chose was to start a new company, Rocky Top Rock, with his daughter, Ganelle, in Etna, Wyo., working seven days a week until his death. Throughout his life, he enjoyed the business contacts and friendships which he maintained to the end.
With Dorothy's retirement from C Reinhart & Son Inc., Clarence moved his residence to Alpine, Wyo. In the late 1990s, they lived the summers in the Alpine area and the winters in Mesquite, Nev. Most of his life, he enjoyed outdoor pastimes.
He is survived by his first love, Dorothy, his two children, six grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers and two sisters.
His family feels that by his example, he taught us all the value of hard work and selfless service and filled our lives with love, kindness, integrity and a great sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, 1950 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, would be appreciated.
Due to other health issues in the family, we are planning a celebration of his life in the future.