RENO, Nev. — Clearstar Financial Credit Union is mourning theloss of longtime board member Stephan Kaylor, who lost his battlewith cancer.


First elected to the board of directors in 1979, Kaylor's28-year service included three terms as chairman. During that time,Clearstar Financial made the transition from an institution withlittle technology and modest services, to an institution with awide menu of services and electronic options. Technologicaladvances including real-time computer processing, automated phonebanking, Internet banking, ATMs, and the credit union's Website.


At the 50th anniversary of the credit union in 1999, Kaylor saidthe most positive change he'd seen in the credit union was “theexpansion of services to members and still maintaining personalattention.”


Born in Shelbyville, Indiana, Kaylor moved to Reno in the early1960s to serve as a survival instructor at the Stead air base. Heultimately earned an education degree from the University ofNevada-Reno and began teaching in the Washoe County Schools. Later,he completed a master's degree and entered administration, servingas principal at Lincoln Park, Mamie Towles, and Hidden Valleyelementary schools.

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