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Robert D. Claypool

August 11, 1949 - April 10, 2019


Bob passed from this life at the age of 69 on the afternoon of April 10, 2019 having suffered a dissecting aortic aneurysm.  It was sudden and unexpected.

Bob was born August 11, 1949 in Kalispell, Montana where his family owned a dairy farm.  The family have been on the land for five generations now.  Growing up at the foot of Glacier National Park filled him with a sense of adventure and wonder.  Among many skills, he was an avid hiker, hunter, and fly-fisherman.  He joyfully said that each one of the many flies he tied “caught fish”!  Bob graduated from Flathead High School in 1967, and from Montana State University in 1971 with a degree in (what else?) Fisheries.  In 1973 Bob continued his education working toward a master’s degree in Fisheries at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.  However, there were no job prospects in any of the N.W. states in that recessionary time, so he started a new career in construction, working his way to High Rise Construction-Heavy Equipment with the Morrow Equip. Co. headquartered in Salem, Oregon.  It is the largest tower crane company in the United States.  In 1983 he began work there as facilities construction manager, or developer.  He worked on the 6-story concrete, triangular shaped, split level office Building for Morrow Crane, currently in use today.  That structure was the most avant-garde building in Salem at the time, and still is. Well, the rest is history and lots of traveling involved in building company projects worldwide. 

Bob married Joan Simpson in 1975 and from that union were born his three lovely daughters, of whom he was so proud.  They divorced in 1992.  Bob married the love of his life, Vivianna McCoy in 1998.  Together they enjoyed travel to visit widely diversely scattered cherished family as well as trips to Cancun (diving), Switzerland, Italy, and New Zealand where Bob did over 3,500 mi. of driving, traversing both North and South islands-all on the wrong side of the road!

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Helen Claypool.  Bob is survived by his wife: Vivianna, three children (and spouses): Jessica Claypool (Akuila), Janine Sazinsky (Steve), Joni Claypool; four cherished grandchildren: Timothy and Jovesa Fokilau, Oliver and Miriam Sazinsky. A brother David Claypool, and sister Kathryn (William) Quast.  Dear nieces: Jennifer (Sam Van den Abeele and their children: Dante and Mateo), Samantha Claypool, and Leilani Wirth Martin. Dear nephews Greg (Melissa Quast and their children: Dietrich & Torsten), and Chris Claypool.  Many dearly cherished cousins. Vivianna’s wonderful siblings:  three surviving brothers (Rico passed in 2017): Michael (Suzanna), Dennis (Corinne), Patrick (Genevieve) and sister Jeanette (Joseph).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at:                                                                                                                             
~ West Salem  Foursquare Church  Wsfc.org
~ Willamette Valley Hospice  www.wvh1.net
~ Marion/Polk County food Share  https://www.marionpolkfoodshare.org/

A celebration of life will be 2:00pm Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the West Salem Foursquare Church (3094 Gehlar Rd NW).
 
 

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A life too short but well lived and well loved. Peace and love to you all.
Sierra Schneider
Colleague and friend to Viv.



You are always on my mind.  You were in your sister's wedding in 1967, you had just graduated from Flathead High School that year.  You made me feel welcome to the Claypool Family, which continued on for fifty years...
You are Special to me even now as I have remembrances of fishing trips along the Pacific Coast, teaching me how to scuba dive in the San Juan Islands of Washington State and how to enjoy nature in so many ways, as you always did.
Your relationship with our son Greg and daughter Jennifer was so meaningful to Kay and me as they called you Uh Bob in their younger years.  You are so special to them and their memories will continue on throughout their lifetime and you are so special to me, throughout the rest of my lifetime.
I remember, when we visited you and the girls in Scio, OR, when you were building your earth home, that you had the classical music tuned in while you were busy constructing.
Greg & Jennifer knew how kind you were to everyone and how hard you worked in your personal life as well as your work at Morrow Crane.  You set an excellent example of what you did in your life's journey and that is carrying over to our son and daughter today.
You were and you will always be on my mind and feel we will meet again and I love you Bob.

Your brother-in-law, Bill



WOW!!  I am in SHOCK.  With this news, a part of me is lost.  Bob had been a dear friend to me.  We experienced many things in life together.  We lived together in college, we fished together, we hunted together, we partied together, we over ate together, we enjoyed each others parents and families together, we traveled together, we spent 10 days hunting mountain sheep and camping above 10,000' together - followed by a cold shower in Bozemen when we got done, we grew up together.  Thanks for the friendshiip and memories.  Bob! I will miss you.  
Peace and Love to continue being with your family.
Always your friend - John



We are sending all our love to you, holding you dearly in our hearts, cradling you in our arms, and uplifting you in your dreams. Randy & Sally Owen



Condolences from Italy, from the Marchetti family. 
We shared happy moments with Bob and Vivianna, he instantly entered our hearts and we will always remember him. Ma the test in pesce. Our prayers for Vivianna and for the people close to him. 



Viv, so sorry for your loss. Condolences to his entire family.



Sorry to here of Bob's passing.  He was an excellent man.  I am sure he lived his life to the fullest and will be welcomed by God.



Bob was a wonderful man and a role model for all those who knew him. My prayers for you and your family.



Viv.  I was so sorry to hear of your beloved Bob’s passing.   I am so sorry.  May God’s comfort and peace enfold you. 



Aloha our beloved Friends & Family...
So many years ago now...
We first met Bob...
We got to know Bob...
He was in Love with our beloved sister Vivianna...
They took most Loving care of one another throughout their many years together...
In my recollections of Bob, he was always fixing something at everybody’s place he would visit...
When we all gathered as family for a meal, Bob seemed to always be the first to want to wash the dishes and help in the kitchen...
When he visited my beloved Suzanna and I here in Hawaii, he wanted to go fishing so that he could give us his prize catch of a Mahi-Mahi fish when he returned...
There were so many memories of Bob we treasure such as these.
Bob seemed to always want to give something away wherever he happened to be...
It didn’t take us long when...
We got to Love Bob...

We believe in God...
We believe God is Love...
We believe that God sees the Heart...
We believe that Bob had a big, warm and Loving Heart...
As such we have no doubt...
That we will see Bob again in the Kingdom of Heaven...
Where our most beloved Family...
Will all be gathered together...
Once Again...
Love,
Michael, Suzanna St Martin & Family




On August 11, 1949, when sister Kay and I were 6 and 8 in age, we were blessed with a little baby brother, Robert Dean Claypool.   In the early years we cuddled him fondly, but as time went on, we both found he was also fun to tease.  Shame on us! Grandma Claypool would scold us to no end for doing so!  But he got back at me by calling me "Tinky Dawy", his early words for Stinky Davy!  Those early utterances such as Wawy, Wobs, Dawy, UhBob, etc became fond words for affectionally addressing each other to this day.
Bob was born an active outdoorsman!  Because of our 8 yr. age difference, I was in college when Bob was in grade school.  I came home in the summer to work for Dad.  Although Bob helped wherever possible, he also had time for fishing with our favorite Cousin Rich and Uncle Dick.  Bob had a jealous brother Dave who wanted to be able to spend more time fishing with him.  Bob was also an avid hunter and I was so impressed by his shell loading, along with his fly tying, benches downstairs.  
After moving away from home for my first job far away, I lost closer touch with Bob's achievements at FCHS high school, Montana State College, and his move to Oregon where he went to work for Morrow Crane. He was so multi-talented to have studied Wildlife Management and Fisheries in College, but then transition to working for Morrow when fishery job opportunities weren't available.  I think I remember his being asked by one of the Morrow brothers to work on the gardens (rock and other) at their private homes in Hawaii and the mainland.  He also utilized that skill to build a BEAUTIFUL rock garden with water falls in the back yard of his and Viv's house.  But that was in addition to his primary job(s) at Morrow. Later in life, Bob also became quite talented in the management of his and Viv's personal investments.  He spent the necessary time and had the necessary discipline to exceed average investor returns.  I was looking forward to more help from him in the coming years.  But he inspired me to become more disciplined.  My kind brother was one talented guy!
We were so fortunate to get together every year in Montana with our kids.  I always enjoyed Bob's humor, helpfulness and kindness as we hiked through the mountains of Glacier Park and the Swan Range.  Later on he and Viv would so generously bring over their 13' Ocean kayaks so that the family could traverse the waters of Lake McDonald, Echo Lake, Foys Lake, the Flathead River, etc.  Such wonderful memories of Bob and his Kayaks!
Bob was a fantastic and loved father and grandfather!  I was so impressed to see him insure that his 3 lovely daughters got to study at least a semester overseas.  He was a man of the world and wanted his girls to appreciate international experiences in their choices of Fiji, Costa Rica and Switzerland.
We have all lost one loving, kind, considerate and talented brother..husband..father..etc.  I so enjoyed our times together in Montana and on the phone.  He will be so missed .. until we meet again in the life beyond.
Love,
Brother Dave
 
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David claypool
Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:20 PM