James Ray Clark

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2010

Longtime Anchor Point resident James Ray Clark died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 at home. He was 72.

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer.

Mr. Clark was born Jan. 31, 1938 in Springville, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1955-1959. While in the Air Force he witnessed several nuclear tests on Enewetak, Atoll in the South Pacific.

In 1959, he married Carol Miller and they made their home in Iowa, Illinois and Wyoming before finally settling in Alaska. They have made their home in Alaska for 39 years.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator on the North Slope and was a part of the construction of the Alaska Pipeline from its start to its completion. A year after learning the wonders of commercial fishing, he bought a boat and began to make a life of it. Through these professions, he saw much of Alaska and loved to talk about his adventures around the state.

Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Courtney Clark.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Clark of Anchor Point; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Roger Drake of Kasilof, and Julie and Charlie Stephens of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Sam and Cheryll Clark of Bellgrade, Mont., Daniel and Mary Jo Clark of Maple Valley, Wash., and Jason and Laurie Clark of Fairbanks; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Miller of Mechanicsville, Iowa; and brothers, Loren Bragg of Barnes City, Iowa and Robert Bragg of Sacramento, Calif.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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