Douglas Owen Clark
1956 ~ 2007
On Wednesday, November 28, 2007, following a brief but aggressive blood infection, Douglas Owen Clark's spirit slipped away from a body weakened by a courageous 17-year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.Doug was born May 11, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan and raised by his loving parents James W. and Florence Niemi Clark.
In the spring of 1988, while performing in a musical, he met Stacey Olsen. They began hiking and exploring the mountains and deserts of Utah and fell in love that summer. They were married September 23, 1988 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Their union was blessed with sons Dillon (17) and Ansel (12).
Doug was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a number of church assignments and volunteered willingly and frequently in the service of others.
He was an Eagle Scout, and to the end of his life was an avid Scouter. He served as scoutmaster of Troop 268 for more than 30 years. He was a leader in the Order of the Arrow, and in 1995 received the BSA's Silver Beaver Award for service in scouting. Doug embodied the spirit, principles and character of scouting in his own life and touched the lives of hundreds of young men. He was particularly proud of his "own" two boy scouts, sons Dillon and Ansel.
Doug graduated from the U of U's School of Engineering and was a respected employee of EDO Corp. for more than 25 years, where he was responsible for integrated logistic support.
He was a quiet man with a dry wit. He loved music, singing and gleefully enjoyed British comedy. He was an avid outdoorsman and among his friends had a reputation for "counting cards" while playing Hearts.
He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Stacey; sons, Dillon and Ansel; his mother, Florence Clark of Bruce Crossing, MI; his sister Lisa (Tony) Nestor, of Garberville, CA; and his in-laws, Don "Ed" and Sandra Olsen, who he loved for their help and support. He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Clark.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS church building at 1475 E. 8600 South in Sandy. Following the service, friends and family are invited to mingle for a celebration of Doug's life. A gravesite dedication will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. 10600 South in Sandy.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Doug's name to the Arthritis Foundation, Utah-Idaho Chapter, or the Nature Conservancy. Online condolences at larkinmortuary.com