Clark Hays Knowles (1932 - 2013)

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CLARK HAYS KNOWLES Clark Hays Knowles passed away on May 21, 2013. Clark was born on March 23, 1932 to William and Mildred Knowles, of Willows, California and was the youngest of their five sons. He attended Willows High School, graduating in 1950. He then attended UC Berkeley, achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and forged friendships there that have lasted his whole life. Following his gradua-tion from UC Berkeley, he enlisted in the US Navy eventually becom-ing a 2nd Lieutenant. While in the Navy he served in the Antarctic for two tours, in Operation Deep Freeze as a navy meteorologist conducting research. He met the love his life, Dorothy (Dot) Elizabeth Bass while on leave from the Navy. At the time Dot was working in Washington, DC. They married on June 15, 1958, and returned to Clark's home town of Willows. Clark and Dot raised three children in Willows: Jennie, David and Tom. Clark built up the family rice farm operations and was one of the first farmers in the area to level rice pads into straight levies. Clark was involved in rice farming until his death, regularly driving by the rice fields to follow the progress of the rice crops in his advanced age. Clark was an extremely hard worker, and never asked someone to do a job that he wouldn't do himself. He set an example for his family, and those that worked for and with him. Clark was a godly man, and attended the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Willows for most of his life. He was on the vestry and was also a lay minister until he moved to Chico with Dot in 2000 and began attending St. John's Episcopal Church where he was also a member of the vestry. Clark, in addition to being a family man and devoting his time to this church, also served his com-munity. He was a past president of the Willows Rotary Club, and was a Paul Harris fellow. He served on the Glenn County Mosquito Abate-ment District Board, and was a board member of the California Rice Industry Association. He also devoted his time to countless other community projects. During his life Clark was fortunate to visit all seven continents. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, and together they enjoyed golfing. He was an accomplished pilot, flying his own plane in three different countries. He encou-raged his children to become pilots, and both Jennie and Tom followed Clark's lead. Clark was loved by many friends. He was an extremely kind and gentle man, who never spoke a harsh word. He was very clearly admired and liked by all. He was a true gentleman and was extremely proud of his family. Clark is survived by his beloved wife, Dot, of 55 years, his devoted daughter, Jennie (and spouse Scott) and his son, Tom (and spouse Sara). Clark was proud to see his son Tom follow his own footsteps in being a rice farmer. He also leaves behind six grandchildren that he cherished: Max, Carter, Madeline, Zoe, Theodore and Daisy. He was an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, who all loved him greatly. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, William Archer and Mildred Worley Knowles, as well as his four older brothers, William Jr., Gerald, J. Russell and Charles. He was also preceded in death by his cherished son, David Clark Knowles. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Sunnyvale Parkinson's Institute, or to the Holy Trinity Church in Willows, California. A service shall be conducted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Holy Trinity Church in Willows, followed by a burial at the Willows Cemetery and a lunch reception at the home of Loie Knowles, Clark's sister-in-law, at 246 North Enright, Willlows, California.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 24, 2013
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