John C. McClain Obit
Long Prominent Leader in Civic Activities Dies folin C. McClain Closes Career Covering Wide Range of Interests John C. McClain, 82, prominent in Salt Lake business, church and fra- ernal circles, died Sunday at a local lospital of causes incident to ago. Until a .few months ago he was ac- ive in the many interests which Hied his life. His health began to ail after his return from an eastern John McClain rip early last summer. His principal business activities vcre as secretary-treasurer of the 3urton Coal & Lumber company, the Jlah Music company and several win- ng companies. He achieved most irominence through his membership n the Sigma Chi fraternity, whicn le joined more than 60 years ago at 5ePauw university, Greencastle, Ind. Sponsored Utah Chapter He sponsored the Utah chapter of the fraternity from its organization and was known to the members as •Daddy" McClain. He was a grand rustee of the national body, Life LiOyal Sigma Chi, and president of the Jtah chapter House association. His philanthropies were many. He assisted assisted materially in financing the local local chapter house anti aided many of his younger fraternity brothers in obtaining their education. Mr. McClain was born on July 21, 1850, in Jefferson county, Iowa, the son of William A. and Mary Ann Settle McClain. When he was 4 years old the family moved to Indiana. There young McClain worked on the farm in the summer nnd attend ed school in the winter. The family later moved to Cincinnati, where he was a classmate o£ William Howarc Taft at Woodward high school. He was graduated from DePauw univer slty in 1874. Tried Dakota Farming: In 1881, Mr. McClain married and went to Dakota to make his fortune He worked as station agent and farmer and later was a grain buyer lumber merchant and banker. He ilso was at one time secretary of a Chatauqua association. In 1899 he •noved to Salt Lake and began tin active active business career in this city. Mr. McGlain was a Republican, in politics, but had never been a candi date for office. He was a delegate to several local conventions and two na tional conventions, including the one which nominated Taft for the presi dency in 1908. In 1903 his first wife died, and in 1919 he married Rnqhel C. Bradley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, His widow and one son, Mark McClain of Wood bridge, N. J,, survive him. Author of SevcraS Boohs Mr. McClain wrote sevornl books including "Sidelines" and "Liternry Indiscretions." The latter is in the nature of a testimonial of what the Sigma Chi fraternity meant in his life. The volume was published as a souvenir of the diamond jubilee o the fraternity, held several year* ago at Miami university, Oxord Ohio, where it was founded. He also was a member of Wasatcl lodge No. 1, F. and A. M., a trustee of Westminster college and a truste of the Methodist church. Traveling was brie of Mr. McClaln'v principal diversions. He traveled ex :ensively in Europe, old Mexico an the United States and spent tw summers In Alaska. Mark McClain left Sunday by air p5anc for Salt Lake, and funeral ar rangements will be made upon his arrival.