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Donald Webb Clark
1923 - 2003
Florence, Caroline, Henry, Samuel Jr., Samuel Sr., Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac
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 only 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 Stampede Grounds. 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 choirs. 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 Calgary, Grandchildren: Laureen (Graydon) Smithers, Ronda Dick (fiancé Matt Tees) Brad, Shannon and Ryan Clark, Ryan Newlove, Brent Newlove , Great Grandsons Kyle and Devon Smithers
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