Following a long, valiant battle with cancer, on July 3, 2017 Larry Clark passed from his life in Richland, Washington to his heavenly home. In the last weeks of his life he wrote the following:
“I Coach, Larry D. Clark, was born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on January 1, 1942. I can’t cover all of my life, but would like to tell you about some of the significant events and special people that made my 75 years on earth an interesting way to borrow my body.
“I am survived by my faithful wife and companion of 54 years, Pamela Clark. We brought two sons into the world, Jeffrey Scott Clark and Jay Richard Clark. Jeffrey is joined by his wife Leah and three daughters, Madison, McKayla and Maudie. Jay is joined by his wife Jenni, two daughters, Jordyn and Jayda, and my only grandson, Jaxon Larry Otto Clark. I am also survived by my younger brother Keith and his wife Sharon.
“I grew up in Toppenish, Washington where I graduated from Toppenish High School. That’s right, I was a Wildcat!”
Larry furthered his education by attending EWU in Cheney, WA. After receiving his degree he began a teaching career that included 1 year at Connell High School, 31 years at Davis High School in Yakima, WA as an English teacher and basketball coach, seven years at LaSalle in Yakima, and seven more years at New Horizons High School in Pasco, WA. “I ended up settling on a 46-year teaching career, and I have lived a happily employed life.” Larry also continued his education at Central Washington University earning his Master’s Degree in English.
On July 3, 2017, “I Larry D. Clark left this earth to be with my Lord and Heavenly Father and begin the next part of my journey. Before I begin my heavenly tour and get my job description up here, I am going to go to my family reunion which will include my father Richard Clark, my mother Edith Clark, my brother Gary Clark and my little sister Betty Clark Jacobs.”
Larry is survived not only by his immediate family but also two nephews, seven nieces, their families, and a host of friends. A memorial service to celebrate Larry’s life will be held on Sunday, July 9 at 2:00 pm at Hillspring Church located at 1153 Gage Blvd. in Richland, WA with a reception following at the home of Chris and Paige Morris.
A special thanks from Larry’s family to Paige, Debra and their staff at Fleur de’ Lis Adult Family Homes for the help, support and loving care provided to Larry.