John Clark of Creswell has gone home to be with our heavenly father. He died on Dec 20, 2017 with his wife Susie holding his hand and other loved ones nearby. He was born Oct 17, 1946 to John Benjamin and Doris Jean Clark in Eugene at Sacred Heart Hospital. He was the oldest of 5 children. He grew up in Eugene, went to school in Eugene and graduated from South Eugene High. He proudly served in the US Army from Dec 1964 to Dec 1967. He served 2 years and 29 days in Korea and the rest of his time at Ft Lewis. He married his best friend and love of his life, Susie Hicks, Nov 20, 1971. He was a truck driver for 35 years until 2005 when he was forced to retire due to health reasons. He had a passion for driving nice looking rigs and particapated in restoring two trucks.
John loved hot rods, classic cars, muscle cars and race cars. He loved going to the races in Cottage Grove on the weekends to watch dirt track racing and watch his nephews race go-carts and stock cars. He had fond memories of when he raced a street stock of his own back in 1985 and won first place in the points championship. He was also a major fan of NASCAR. John loved fishing and hunting and just being outdoors to enjoy nature and beautifying his yards.
He belonged to the Creswell VFW 4039 and enjoyed many volunteer projects, especially serving coffee at the rest area on the south bound side of the freeway between Creswell and Cottage Grove. He loved meeting people from all walks of life. He never met a stranger, he loved everyone and everyone loved him. He was a wonderful husband, brother, brother in law, uncle and friend and is dearly missed.
John was a member of the Creswell Church of Christ at 380 Kings Row, Creswell. That is where his celebration of life will be Sat, Jan 20 at 12 noon.
In Lieu of flowers please consider donating in John's name to the VFW of Creswell 4039, PO Box 807, Creswell, OR 97426.