Livingston, Montana resident Shannon Dale Clark died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, with his family was by his side after complications from cancer. He was 68.
A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, in Livingston, with a gathering of family and friends afterward.
Mr. Clark was born Jan. 6, 1942 in Juneau to Loyal and Hazel Clark. He was raised in Tenakee Springs where his father taught him to hunt, fish and operate fishing vessels and tug boats from the age of 9. He met Mary Helen Bainter in 1965 and they married on Nov. 21, 1967 at which time he became the proud father of Candace, Colleen, Richard and Constance. In the years that followed, the couple added three more children to their family, Faith, Hope and Sharron. His family brought him great joy.
Mr. Clark skippered tug boats for nearly 40 years in Alaska and Washington. His true love was Southeast Alaska, where he was known and respected as one of the very best tug boat skippers. He also spent time in Fairbanks during 1973-75 working on the Alaska Pipeline. After retiring in 1996, Mr. Clark and his wife began spending their time in Livingston where they operated Crazy Woman Wine Preserves.
His family writes that Mr. Clark always looked forward to sitting down with his road map and planning out their next adventure and deciding which Farmers Market they would attend to sell their jam products. He enjoyed working the markets and meeting new people. He always had a great story to tell, a smile on his face and a laugh in his voice. He affectionately became known as the "Jam Man."
"Shannon considered his greatest achievement his dedication to his Creator, Jehovah God. He was baptized on March 25, 1970 and continued to serve the rest of his days. His strong faith and belief in the Truth and the Great Resurrection sustained him and brought him great comfort. Shannon never missed an opportunity to share the hope of God's Kingdom to anyone he met," his family said.
His favorite scripture was John 5:28, 29: "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out." His favorite song was "Pray to Jehovah Each Day." When asked one day, how he would like to be remembered, he stated: "I'm looking forward to seeing you in the New System of Things, in a paradise earth, after the Resurrection."
Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his father and mother.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Clark of Livingston, Mont.; his children, Candace Sheeran of Des Moines, Iowa, Colleen Douglas of Kenai, Richard Douglas of Kasilof, Constance Douglas of Craig, Faith Lingerfeldt of York, S.C., Hope Thompson of Soldotna and Sharron Heath of Lake Wylie, S.C.; sister, Bonnie Duncan of Soldotna; brother, Dan Clark of Oceanview, Hawaii; and many loved and cherished nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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