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Life Story / Obituary
Jeffery Clark was a vibrant person who loved all people. A dedicated husband and committed father, he lived his life richly with positivity. Jeff’s warm personality made being in his presence a true honor. He had an immense love of life and modeled authentic and selfless giving to each and every person he met. Sadly, he passed away and his extraordinary life will be fondly remembered for years to come.
The 1960’s were characterized by great social changes. Many Americans believed they were standing at the dawn of a golden age. This time was marked by John F. Kennedy holding the office of president of the United States, hippies and psychedelic lifestyles, the black civil rights movement, and the music of The Beatles. At the beginning of this promising decade in our nation’s history, Richard and Marlene Clark welcomed home their newborn son, Jeffery Richard, on October 23, 1960, in Saginaw, Michigan. It seems incredibly fitting that he was born in what was known as the era of optimism. Strangers were known to stop his mother and comment on what a beautiful baby he was!
Starting out in the growing town of Saginaw, his childhood was memorable. His father was a store manager with National Foods and the family relocated to Corunna by the late 60s. He mainly palled around with the Seigel boys, forming their own special bond in their very active subdivision on Stanley Drive! They ran the neighborhood as well as read and exchanged comic books. Sadly, when his father’s work moved the family to Clark Foodland in Kinde in 1972, the boys parted ways. His sisters, Jill and Julie kept him on his toes as they never lacked for adventure! He was also very active and his charismatic and charming personality helped him meet new friends easily whether it was on the wrestling team or competing in Chess tournaments. As a teen, he was a fierce competitor, once even breaking his nose in a wrestling match! He also played on the Warriors football team before he graduated with the Class of 1978 from North Huron High School. Jeff was very intelligent from a young age and had a natural curiosity which led him to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Oakland University. His ambitious and easy going personality landed him a position with Durr systems as an electrical engineer. Well liked by his co-workers, he was happy there for twenty-one years! Over the course of those remarkable years, he was able to travel extensively to other plants in China, Mexico, Germany, Illinois, California, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Kansas.
After his first marriage to Jennifer Schwartz ended after ten years, he started dating again. Being a computer whiz, it was no surprise that he would meet his next love, Kathy on an online dating website. They met in person at a local Starbucks and dated for about a year before Jeff proposed! Meadowbrook Hall was the setting for their beautiful and romantic outdoor ceremony on July 24, 2004. He and Kathy honeymooned in the Bahamas before settling down to start their own family of two wonderful sons, Jeffery Jr and Christopher Clark. Jeff relished in his years of being a father. Any interests his sons set out to do, he was right there cheering them on! He loved to watch them in sports, especially hockey where he would video record and take stats for the team. Encouraging and even-keeled, he coached Jeff into trying out for goalie, where he found great successes over the years. Being a dad, brought Jeff his greatest joys.
Active and one to keep himself busy with his varied interests, Jeff was never one to remain idle. An avid biker, Jeff was known to ride roughly forty miles each time and would also help the neighborhood kids fix their bikes. He loved to tinker on the computer and belonged to a gaming organization. After all these years, Jeff was still known to read comic books and was into collecting game cards. Mostly, he cherished any time he spent with this family. At Christmas time he and Kathy spent many holidays with the Clark family. He enjoyed celebrating with his many nieces and nephews but never grew fond of having his picture taken. Smart and knowledgeable, Jeff often liked to have lengthy and engaging conversations about current events. He especially liked to debate politics or discuss important moments in our nation’s history. His way of thinking and communicating often left his listeners questioning or considering other points of view. Compassionate, caring, and generous beyond measure, Jeff leaves behind a valuable collection of treasured memories to be enjoyed by all who knew and loved him.
Jeffery Richard Clark, age 56, passed away unexpectedly July 1, 2017, in Canton, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Joy Clark. He was a loving husband of 14 yrs to Kathy, a beloved father of his sons, Jeffrey Richard Jr and Christopher Michael and his step-daughter Kari Ann. As well as a cherished brother of Jill Clark-Loewe and Julie (Ronald) Peyerk and dearest son of his father, Richard D Clark. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 2-7 pm, at the Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 45100 Warren Road (between Sheldon and Canton Center Rds) where a funeral service will be held at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.