Ian Cameron Grant lived a long, vigorous life and left a great legacy. On Thursday, April 22, he passed on from this life, and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and his children with his first wife, Tara (McCollam) Blood: Xina Frownfelter (Grant), Brett Grant (Katherine), Corinne Allen (Gerry), Shirley Weisberg (Brad), and Scott Grant (Alison); and his stepdaughters Debbie Wells (David) and Barbara Holt (Jason). His legacy includes 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren...and still counting.
He was preceded in death by his younger siblings, George K. Grant, and Jeanette (Grant) McCollam and his parents George C. Grant and Nellie (Hughes) Grant.
Ian was born in Magdalena, New Mexico in 1936. When he was in the third grade, his family migrated to Foresthill, California with the Hughes family, who had secured the Hughes Mill. Later, his father, George, began the Grant Plumbing and Hardware business in Foresthill. Ian grew up with the forest as his playground and graduated from Placer High School in 1954. He attended Sierra College and the New Mexico School of Mines before joining the Army where he spent nearly two years in Germany. He went back to school to get a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating from Sac State, he took a job with Caltrans and moved the family to Southern California.
Ian continued his Engineering career in Southern California where he discovered the adventures of skydiving, sailing, snow skiing, glider flying and more. He met and eventually married Sue (Arterburn) Grant, also a Civil Engineer, and they remained together for over 40 years.
In 1998, he retired and moved back to Foresthill to build their dream retirement home where he enjoyed many years with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ian and Sue worshipped at Auburn Grace Community Church in Auburn and they enjoyed travel, dance with friends, and attended theatre.
Ian fought and eventually lost his battle with Myasthenia Gravis this past month There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 22nd at noon at the Foresthill Memorial Hall. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America at myasthenia.org.