|Donald Webb Clark was ushered into the presence of
his Lord and Savior, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at the age
of 79 with cancer.
Donald was born June 12, 1923 in Calgary, an
child of John Archibald and Cora Mae (Webb) Clark.
His father died when he was 5 months old. He spent
his younger years on a farm on the north side of
Lowden Lake, south of Stettler, with his widowed
Mother and Grandparents. He was raised in a home
where there was a strong faith in God. He attended
Spring Lake rural school with his cousins Eileen,
Marjorie and Shirley. Later his mother and he moved
into Stettler where he attended High school, followed
by attending the Technical school in Calgary. The
classes were held in rooms under the grandstand in the
Donald married Florence Syson July 14, 1942 and
started farming the Syson land in the Pilot Knob
district. He enjoyed raising cattle, pigs and poultry as
well as grain farming. He was connected to agriculture
for 47 years.
To this union three children were born. Carole, John
and Colleen. As the children grew, left home, got
married and began families of their own. Don and
Florence happily moved into a new role of
grandparents. They often took the grandchildren
camping and fishing and were interested in their lives.
Donald joined the Stettler Baptist church in the 1930’s
and was happy to hold various positions over the many
years. He served as a director of Red Willow Mutual
Telephone Company. He helped Dee Kahl with the
Cubs at Red Willow and took his turn as watchman of
the school children who skated during noon hour for a
number of years. In summer he enjoyed pitching ball
for the local team. He served on the Stettler Co-op
board for a few years. He was always interested in
wood working and spent many happy hours carving.
Don also enjoyed singing in the church and community
After his heart attack in 1989 they bought a house in
Stettler where they have enjoyed town living until his
passing. Don and Florence joined the floor-curling
group at the Drop In Center. They became involved in
doing volunteer work. For many years they took their
turn delivering Meals on Wheels for 16 yrs, also
volunteering at the local hospitals in various capacities
for 7 yrs.
Don and Florence enjoyed traveling in their R.V., as
well as taking trips as far away as England, Europe and
the United States.
Don will be remembered for his smile and cheery
greeting to everyone he met. He was a gentle, faithful
man always ready with his quick wit and timely jokes.
He leaves a legacy of love, devotion and dedication.
He will be missed here but we are comforted to know
that his days of illness are now replaced by the
blessedness of Heaven.
Don is predeceased by his father John in 1924, his
mother Cora in 1980.Don is lovingly remembered by his wife Florence of
over 60 yrs, daughter Carole (Eldon) Dick of Lousana,
John (Dianne) Clark of Stettler. Colleen Newlove of
Laureen (Graydon) Smithers, Ronda Dick (fiancé Matt
Tees) Brad, Shannon and Ryan Clark, Ryan Newlove,
Brent Newlove , Great Grandsons Kyle and Devon