The Obit For David Clark

David W. Clark (1934 - 2009)

Published in The Republican from 6/2 to 6/3/2009

David William Clark passed away on June 1, 2009, at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA. He was born on April 26, 1934, in Palmer, MA to the late William H. and Ruth (Locke) Clark and was educated in the local school system.

He served his country in the United States Navy from 1952 thru 1956 aboard the USS Ticonderoga.

Following his military service, he attended baseball umpire school in Longwood, Fl and umpired minor league baseball in Oklahoma and Texas. He was then employed by the State of Connecticut as a Correctional Officer until his retirement. David coached boy's baseball for the East Longmeadow Park and Recreation Department for twenty-five years, collected stamps and was an avid baseball and hockey enthusiast.

David is survived by his wife, Carol (Adams) Clark, two sons; Mark and his wife Theresa of Coral Springs, FL, Scott and his wife Karyn of Wilbraham, MA, a step-daughter; Shelli Goldberg and her husband Robert of West Springfield, two brothers; Brian and his wife Lorraine of Epping, NH, Bruce and his wife Noreen of Granby, MA and Nancy M. Bacon, his sister, who lives in Lakeville, NY.

He also leaves two grandchildren; Robert and Meghan Clark and six step-grandchildren; Gregory and Gina Odierno, Jonah, Samuel, Benjamin and Gabriel Goldberg and his former wife Patricia Clark of Hampden, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Carolyn Bishop in 1992.

The family would like to thank the Holyoke Soldier's Home Comfort Care Unit for their exceptional care and compassion over the past several months.

The funeral service will be Thursday at 10 am at West Springfield Curran-Jones Funeral Home followed by Rites of committal with Military Honors at the Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam.

Friends are invited to calling hours on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at Curran-Jones Funeral Home, 109 Main Street, West Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David's memory to the Holyoke Soldier's Home, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the Holyoke VNA Hospice, 113 Hampden Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.