Monday, February 3, 2014

Marion D. Clark 1927-2014

Grandpa Clark was such a fabulous man.  The last 5 or so years of his life have been difficult for him as his health has deteriorated.  He started getting really bad this last year and eventually, cancer was discovered a few months before he passed away.  Everyone was prepared for it and relieved that his suffering was over.  Grandpa loved to joke around, watch the news on mute, and just take in everything that was happening around him.  There were some amazing stories told at his funeral of his younger days and the wonderful man that he was.  He was an army man, and even received the purple heart, shot right in the bum :)  He worked at Monsanto his whole life and was given the nickname "Reverend" by his coworkers because of the morals and standards he held so tightly to.  Perhaps the most touching part of the funeral was at the gravesite. There were soldiers who stood at solute as the casket was brought over.  The shot their guns and had a special flag they gave to Grandma.  These were the powerful words they said. "On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, a grateful Nation, and me personally, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."  You will be missed Grandpa.

November 24, 1927 – January 21, 2014
Marion Davis Clark passed away at a his home surrounded by his loved ones on January 21,
2014, due to complications from cancer. He was born in Petersboro, Utah, to Eli and Ella Belle Clark on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1927, the eighth of nine sons. He attended schools in Smithfield, Utah, and he graduated from North Cache High School and LDS seminary in 1945. He served an LDS mission to California and he then continued to serve his country in the Korean War. He married his sweetheart, Janice Godfrey, in the Logan, Utah Temple, in February 1953. They were blessed with three sons and one beautiful daughter.

Marion worked at Monsanto Chemical Company in Soda Springs for 33 years. He loved his family and taught them many great life lessons by his example. He could always be found serving others. He had a great personality and loved to laugh, joke and tease, as was evident by the twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes. He was fun to be around. He had a talent for woodworking, and all of his family cherishes the pieces he has made for them. He loved reading and studying the scriptures and had a great knowledge of the gospel. He loved to travel with his family and many great friends. He loved playing with his grandchildren, taking them for rides on the 4 wheeler, and teasing them with his ‘squirrel’ or his talking parrot.

He also served two LDS temple missions with his wife. They served in the Atlanta Georgia, Washington, DC, and Chicago Illinois temples. They were Officiators in the Logan Temple for 11 years. Marion served as a High Councilor on two separate occasions, and he served in two Bishoprics and as a Bishop in the Soda Springs 2nd ward.

He is survived by his children, Lyle Clark, Zanesville, Ohio; Wade and Pam Clark, Soda Springs; Sue and Robert Goodenough, Soda Springs; Patti and Kurt Norgard, Pocatello, and Melanie Clark, Highland, Utah. He is survived by 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, his brother Wallace and Colleen Clark, Kearns, Utah, and Cheryl Clark, Logan, Utah. He was

preceded in death by his son Robert, his parents, and seven brothers.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Noon at the Soda Springs LDS Stake Center. The family will visit with friends on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Sims Funeral Home and on Saturday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Church prior to services. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Soda Springs with Military Honors.

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