Terrance S. LeClair, 58, of Seward, formerly of Browns Valley, Minn., passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, August 31, 2018. The family held a celebration-of-life on Saturday, Sept. 8, at his home in Seward.
Son of Vernell L. and Junice S. (Keintz) LeClair, Terrance Scott LeClair was born in Breckinridge, Minn. on Oct. 19, 1959. Terry grew up near Rosholt, S.D. and later near Browns Valley, Minn. Terry was a middle child in a family of eleven children. He spent his childhood in the country with his siblings, developing a love for the outdoors. Having seven brothers to grapple with, Terry became a fierce wrestler, and from a young age participated in AAU wrestling, competing throughout high school, and at a national level. He graduated from Browns Valley High School with the class of 1977.
After high school, Terry served in the United States Air Force where he worked in technology and radio communications. He was initially stationed at Grand Forks, N.D. and was later stationed in Guam. Following his military career, he and Ellen Murphy were married. In 1982 they moved to Albuquerque, N.M. where he continued his career in communications technology by working at Cisco Systems.
While living in New Mexico, Terry and Ellen started their family, having three children; Ashley Nicole (1984), David Scott (1987), and Sarah Morgan (1990).
Terry was an avid fisherman and hunter, always curious and ready to explore. In 2002 he fulfilled his dream of moving to Alaska. Settling in Seward, he took on several different jobs, including charter fishing and carpentry. As a fisherman, he was incredibly knowledgeable of where the fish were and how to catch them, all the while entertaining those aboard his boat with his stories.
He will be remembered for his honesty and integrity. He was a loving, kind, and dependable man who made an impact on every person in his life. Like his father, he was always willing to lend a hand to those needing a lift up. He was very passionate about life and lived it to the fullest. His family and family's name were most important to him.
Left to cherish his memory and miss him forever are his children, Ashley (Grant) Ellingson of Anchorage, David (Jennifer) LeClair, Andover, Kan., and Sarah LeClair, Fort Worth, Texas; seven grandchildren (Garrett, Addison, Raelyn, Emma, Colin, Bradley and Breyer); brothers Michael (Lynnae) LeClair of Chokio, M.N., Timothy (Tracy) LeClair of Fargo, N.D., Jeffry LeClair of Minneapolis, Minn., Kelly LeClair of Cambridge, Minn., and Patrick (Susan) LeClair of Avon, Minn.; sisters Deborah (Dennis) Shelstad of Wendell, Minn, sister-in-law, Jan LeClair of Lakeville, Minn., Carol (Michael) Raw of Browns Valley, Minn., and Lori (Scott) Charleson of Ramsey, Minn.; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, Vernell and Junice; and brothers, Donald and Kevin.