Reverend NL Haire, 86, went to be with the Lord on March 09, 2023. NL was born to YL and Nancy Haire in Chandler, Arizona on November 18,1936.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Flora Haire, brothers; Willie, James and Levi, sisters; Sylvia, Naomi, Margie and Rachel.
He is survived by his sisters Norma and Johnnie; his wife of 63 years Kathryn Haire; their children Brenda King (Brian) and their children Matthew and Jenna, Linda Davis (Aaron) and her children Michael, James and Brenna; Michael Haire (Deanna) and their children Jessica and Kathrine; and 10 Great-Grandchildren.
NL graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science from Calvary Bible College in 1964. He was first ordained to the ministry of the Church at Wilton Bible Church. NL went on to pastor five small country churches the most notable Thornton Bible Church in Thornton, California.
In 1973 God pulled him from the pulpit and placed him at Victory Christian School. At VCS if it needed to be done NL was the man for the job. He cleaned floors, repaired and drove buses, repaired desks, built cabinets, cut lawns, cut down huge trees, worked on electrical systems, repaired air conditioners and the list goes on. NL was a true Jack of all trades. "He could fix anything from a typewriter to a school bus".
In his ministry to VCS, he provided high school students with many a demonstration on the physics of electrical current, testing student-built bridges and egg containers. He also taught mechanics and woodshop to high school students. He was known for building birdhouses and has created hundreds of birdhouse kits. NL and first grade students would get together each year and build birdhouses to gift to loved ones.
It has been said the greatest benefit to VCS was NL's example of how to live a godly life. He daily demonstrated to students and staff the fruits of the Spirit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Gal. 5:22
After more than 30 years he retired from VCS, but his love and dedication to the VSC students and staff called him to join the Board of Directors where he continued to add value for several years.
NL loved the outdoors and spent many vacations backpacking with his family in the back country of Yosemite, Desolation Wilderness, Lassen and Sequoia National Park. He loved to fish and caught many on the John Day and Columbia River.
He was a very loving and caring husband to his wife, Kathryn. As a father he always showed unconditional love and understanding. Brenda remembers him as an "Agreeable Man". Agreeable being defined as pleasing to the mind or senses. ready or willing, being in harmony. Linda said, "He gave me the patience to learn from observation, the ability to fight for what is right and the knowledge to know when to speak". She thanks him for "Always Showing Up". Michael said "He was One of a Kind" always ready to go the extra mile for someone or something he believes in.
He leaves behind a wonderful legacy and will be greatly missed by all.