Major Claus Hauer (Ret), 65, died December 2, 2014, in a tragic helicopter crash in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his friend and business partner, Bruce Orr. Claus was born in Berlin, Germany to Werner Hauer and Ruth Herrmann. Claus married his eternal companion, Donna Guzman, on May 5, 1973, in Agana, Guam.
His many varied interests and talents led to a fulfilling life in both work and play. After enlisting in the Navy and working as a surgical technician, he found his lifelong passion in Aviation. The US Army offered him the opportunity to fix and fly helicopters and sent him, Donna, and family to many theaters throughout the world. Claus had an infectious personality, was fearlessly sociable, and had a very giving soul that touched the lives of all who knew him. He loved Golf and sought out courses everywhere he went. He loved anything in the outdoors or high-adventure activities.
He often fell asleep watching sports of any kind on TV. He took pride in his work and believed if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing right. Claus and Donna recently returned from a successful and rewarding mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in El Paso, Texas. Claus held many titles and accomplished much in this life: Respected Son, Loyal Husband, Admired Father, Grandpa, Eagle Scout, Elder, Bishop, Missionary, Masterâ€™s Degree Recipient, Teacher, Decorated Soldier-Major (R), Accomplished Pilot, and Friend.
Claus was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Herrmann. Claus is survived by his father, Werner (Anna Marie), siblings Carola and Thomas (Theresa), wife, Donna, children, Jason (Jesyca), Christopher (Pamela), Katherine (Jerry), Matthew, and Jennifer (Michael), and 13 grandchildren.