William Edward Clark
October 8, 1927 – July 31, 2019
William Edward Clark 91, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2019. He was born on October 8, 1927 to Robert and Francis (DeLoney) Clark in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He was the youngest of three children, having a brother Robert and a sister Willa, growing up in Pinedale, Wyoming.
After, graduating high school, he attended the University of Wyoming (September 1944-February 1947) and he enlisted into the US Navy (July 1945-June 11, 1954). He held the rank of Lieutenant Aviator at the time he was discharged. While in the Navy he traveled worldwide. He flew planes on and off aircraft carriers. He was a Photo Reconnaissance pilot in the Korean War, receiving several medals, including an Air medal with one gold star. He completed several college and post grad courses during his time in the Navy. After his discharge he attended San Diego State University graduating in 1956 with a degree in Electronic Engineering.
September 21, 1955 he joined Convair in San Diego as a Field Service Engineer, to work on and to train Field Service Personnel on the F-102 and F-106 Flight Control Systems. He transferred to Convair in Fort Worth, Texas April 1950-October 1961, to work in the Field Operations on the F-102 and B-58 Flight Control Systems as a Senior Aerosystems Engineer. He moved (October 1961-May 1965) to Pinedale Wyoming to operate his parents clothing store. He returned to General Dynamics, Fort Worth, to work (May 1965-May 1970) on F-111 Flight Control Systems as a Senior Aerosystems Engineer.
May 1970-October 1974, he lived in Pinedale, Wyoming working for the city in the zoning department. October 1974-October 21, 1993, he worked for General Dynamics at Edwards Airforce Base in Lancaster, California, working on the F-16 Flight Control Systems and was promoted to DesGroup Specialist.
Bill had an extensive and successful career with General Dynamics until he retired. He also lived in Miles City, Montana, for a while, and then moved to Mesquite, Nevada, where he resided until moving to Columbus Montana to live with his son Wayne and daughter in law Julie Clark in April 2017.
Bill was married to Lynn (Tolle) Clark (1951-1965), having 6 children and all of whom he helped deliver in their home. He married again for a short time in the 70’s. He resided in Mesquite with Faye Seaman, having been together for over 18 years until her passing in November 2016.
Bill loved his dogs “Swifty and Rusty” who brought him great joy and companionship. Over the years, he loved buying new cars, especially red Mustangs, and sometimes even traded them in after the first oil change. He especially loved his last car, a beautiful red Lincoln.
He enjoyed the last years of his life living in Columbus Montana, on the 60 acre Clark ranch on the Yellowstone River. He loved seeing horses and goats every morning, as well as wild life like, deer, turkey and Bald Eagles to name a few, coming through the pastures. He loved hearing and seeing trains going by on the other side of the river. He enjoyed having his dogs with him as well as the other four dogs and a cat already residing at the ranch. He especially loved sunny days with blue skies.
Bill was preceded in death by his oldest son Mark and youngest son Duke. He leaves behind his remaining children, Marna Lainoff (Eugene, Oregon), Wayne (Julie) Clark (Columbus, Montana), Diana French (Meeker, Colorado), Gordon Clark (Encino, California), 19 Grandchildren and 28 Great Grandchildren.
“We love you “Dad” and will miss you!”
Celebration of Life
September 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
at Pinedale Cemetery in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Followed by a Reception
at the Pinedale VFW at 12:00 p.m.
for family and close friends to share memories and stories.