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Clare J. Taber

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Clare J. Taber Obituary
November 11, 1927 - May 22, 2017
Clare J. Taber, of Riverside, CA, died peacefully on May 22, 2017. Born in Owosso, Michigan, Clare was the eldest of eight sons of Lloyd and Edna Taber. After graduating from Vermontville High a year early to facilitate his enlistment and service in the U.S. Navy he followed his family to Riverside in 1946. Clare worked his way through Riverside City College and Woodbury College graduating with a BA in Business Administration in 1951.
In 1951 he married Dorothy Drum with whom he had 2 sons, Chris and Greg. He and Dorothy separated 1970 and he married Karin Loehman in 1972. After some years that marriage was dissolved and Clare married Elaine Timmons Magnon Taber in 1979. Elaine was with him when he passed away.
After graduation, Clare worked briefly as an accountant and business manager. He recalled telling Dorothy that he could either be a mediocre accountant or the best plumber around. She encouraged him to return to the trade that had taken him through college.
After working for 2 shops in the Riverside area for several years he went out on his own and opened Taber Plumbing in Riverside in 1958. Within 10 years, with a combination of talent, training, hard work and being in the right place at the right time, Clare had built his company into one of the premier plumbing contractors in the Inland Empire, working on too many landmark projects to list here. Clare's strategy was to hire the best mechanics and give them the tools they needed to succeed. He always appreciated that those men, and the women who supported them in the office, were a big part of his success. Taber Company continues today as a real estate development and property management company with a third generation in the business, a source of great pride to Clare.
Clare was extremely active in civic affairs and grew with Riverside. He was president of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, sat on the City of Riverside Planning Commission and, though a lifelong democrat, was appointed to the Selective Service board by then Governor Reagan. He was Area Representative for then Congressman John V. Tunney, member of the Monday Morning Group and was on the board of directors of Riverside Community Hospital, the Riverside Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Salvation Army and the Riverside Community College Foundation to name a few. He was a member of the Riverside Rotary and Evergreen masonic Lodge. Clare helped revive the Riverside chapter of the Urban League and received the Vernon Jordan award for his commitment to civil rights. He was a proud member of Local 364, United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters for over 60 years.
Clare "relaxed" by playing extremely competitive tennis and traveling the world at a breakneck pace. He visited places from Iceland to Antarctica and New Delhi to Leningrad.
After retiring from the company, he spent many years in Corona Del Mar and was a member of the Newport Rotary where he made many friends.
He returned to Riverside in 2016 to be closer to family. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elaine; sons Chris and Greg, daughters-in-law Robin and Linda Sue; step daughters Patti Oldham and husband Tom, Cheryl Magnon Cliff and husband Paul and Deanna Magnon Wagner and husband Dennis; brothers Gerald, Leonard, Dean, Ronald and Gordon; sister Mandy; sisters-in-law Gabbie, Eva, Janice, Mary, Donna, Penny and Tencha, grandchildren Lee and Patrick Taber, numerous nieces and nephews as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren by marriage. He was predeceased by brothers David and Charles, infant sister Laura May and step son Douglas Magnon.
Clare will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery, June 14 at 9:15 AM. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army or the charity of one's choic
Published in Press-Enterprise from June 7 to June 11, 2017
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