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Squaw Valley horseman Clair Paul Goode passes on

Staff reports

Clair Paul Goode died at The Californian Sept. 12. He was 96.

Born March 13, 1907, in Clarksburg, W.Va., Goode spent his early years in the town of Hobart Mills where he was employed by the Hobart Mills Lumber Company.

In l929 he was married in Reno to Lena Besio, who was his wife of 73 years.

During the depression, Goode was one of the proprietors of the Standard Auto Service Station in downtown Truckee where the Bank of the West presently stands.

At one time he had a string of mustangs in Squaw Valley, which he broke and sold. He would guide pack trips into the Sierra for people coming up from the Bay Area to vacation. He also enjoyed boxing as a featherweight. Goode was a colorful individual giving enjoyment to those around him with his stories of participating as a team roper in the rodeo circuit, taming wild range horses, and partaking in early hunting expeditions in the Sierra.

He went on his last successful deer hunt when in his 90s.

Goode had been a Yolo County resident for more than 55 years. He was a member of Yolo Horseman’s Association, and Cattleman’s Association. He worked as brand inspector for the State of California Agricultural Department for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda Goode of Woodland, Calif.; foster son, John Romankiw, also of Woodland, and grandchildren, Susan Stevens of Ojai, Calif, and Dan Goode of Hanford.

Goode’s Truckee survivors include sister-in-law Eva Besio; nephew John Besio; niece Maxine Rix, and their respective families. In Nevada he leaves a niece Catali Quilici and in Florida he leaves a nephew Steve Besio.

The family requests memorials be directed to Citizens Who Care. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary’s Chapel of Woodland.

A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at Truckee Cemetery.


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