McClure, Lynn William
August 31, 2007
On August 21, 2007, Lynn William McClure, age 46, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Squaw Valley due to complications from a severe and sudden illness.
Lynn was predeceased in death by his parents Bill and Bernice McClure. He is survived by his brother Dale and his wife Kathy McClure of San Rafael; sister Dana McClure and niece Shelby of Corte Madera; brother Lane McClure and his fiance Karen Lemons of Island Park, Idaho; and sister Linda of Burbank. He also leaves behind his loving partner Jeannie Douglas.
Lynn was born July 7, 1961 and was raised in Marin County, living first in San Rafael, then moving to Larkspur. He attended Glenwood Elementary, Henry C. Hall Middle School in Larkspur, Shawnigan Lake Private School in British Columbia, Canada, and graduated from Marin Academy. Lynn received an associate’s degree in political science from the Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., then attended the University of the Pacific, majoring in communications.
While in Colorado, he worked at Club Med Resort at Copper Mountain, where his talent for skiing flourished. After college, he spent two seasons in Saipan working at Pacific Club (a Club Med-type resort). His natural athleticism carried him well and he was teaching waterskiing and was involved with every sport surrounding water.
In 1986, Lynn moved to North Lake Tahoe to pursue his passion for skiing. He quickly established himself in the upper echelon of free skiing at Squaw Valley. A gifted, multi-sport athlete, he was soon leaping and landing off the huge cliffs for which Squaw is famous. During this time, he was introduced to ski modeling through his friend Peter Underwood and became a regular model of the top ski photographers of the day (Chaco Mohler, Hank De Vre and Larry Proser). He was published in the pages of Ski, Skiing, and Powder magazines, including several cover shots, and became a regular ski tester for Skiing magazine.
Lynn will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest ski enthusiasts of his era at Squaw Valley: a true badge of honor in the mountains. Living near the base of the lifts, he was at or near the head of the line at Squaw’s KT-22 chairlift on any significant powder day for almost two decades. Lynn was legendary for launching huge air off “The Fingers,” the signature cliffs on the face of KT-22, to the delight of onlookers.
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Lynn was passionate about his art of skiing; he was dedicated and worked hard all summer so he could take the winters off to devote all of his time to his true passion. Some thought he was a trust-funder, being that he was from Marin. But he was committed to his craft. Lynn was a Tahoe original, a man fortunate enough to live his chosen life as a “free spirit and free thinker.”
Lynn spent his summer between Lake Tahoe, Lake Combi, Bell Aqua, and Marin, working as a landscaper, master of stone and rock work and construction. During long summer visits to Marin he was a passionate body surfer at Stinson Beach. At Bell Aqua, he perfected his water skiing at every opportunity. Last summer, with Mr. Winters driving the boat, he achieved his personal best at water skiing, skiing 35 off at 34 mph he made five and a half buoys. He was so stoked!
Off the slopes, Lynn possessed an amazing intellect, with an encyclopedic knowledge of American culture and a seemingly infinite ability to tie together incongruous items in humorous fashion. He was as quick as Robin Williams with the stamina, both mind and body, of an ultra marathoner. Although sometimes mercurial, he was at his core an extremely kind and considerate soul.
Lynn will be dearly missed by his family and extensive group of friends and associates that he made during his short lifetime.
The family invites friends to join them at a memorial in the Celebration of Lynn’s Life to be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at the bottom of the KT-22 chairlift, Squaw Valley, USA.