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Clark William Redeker
June 20, 1917 - May 30, 2014
Resident of Newark
Long-time Newark resident Clark William Redeker went to meet his Lord, Jesus Christ, peacefully this past Friday with his family at his side, after a brief stay at Washington Hospital. He was three weeks shy of his 97th birthday. Clark was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Marjorie Marliave Redeker, who passed away in 1960. He was also predeceased by his second wife Mildred Hamann Redeker as well as his sisters Margaret Loftus Mace and Ruth Casey. Clark is survived by his children and their spouses: Alan (Dorie) Redeker of Queensbury, NY, Steven (Carol) Redeker of Elk Grove, California, and Susan Redeker (Patrick) Berry of Fairfield, California. He is additionally survived by his brother, Robert and his wife Mary Jane of Redding, California, as well as eight wonderful grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Clark was born in Rupert, Idaho, and moved with his family from Boise to Palo Alto, California in the late 1920's. He attended Stanford University, where he played tuba in the Stanford band, and graduated in 1940 with a degree in Chemistry. After marrying Marjorie Marliave in the fall of 1940, the couple established a home in Newark, where Clark had accepted a position with Westvaco (later FMC). During WW II, he worked on secret chemical catalyst production, and was promoted to Chief Chemist.
An Eagle Scout, Clark served as an East Bay Boy Scout leader for many years beginning in 1940. In 1960 was he was awarded Scouting's highest award, the Silver Beaver. He was also a Mason, and was Past Master of Alameda Lodge 167 F&AM when it was listed as Centerville.
Clark was a fixture in East Bay civic matters. His start in community service was the conducting of a door to door canvass of Newark that resulted in the start of home mail delivery. He was a member of Newark's first City Council when the City incorporated in 1955, and served as Newark's third mayor in 1958/1959. He was instrumental in developing Newark's first General Plan, and continued to provide input on City affairs throughout his life, including the current Newark General Plan in 2013. Clark remained a director of the City of Newark Industrial Authority. He was a founding member of the Newark Rotary Club in 1961, and was still active in that organization at the time of his death. He joined the Alameda County Fair Board in 1954, and served on that body for almost 50 years, including two years as its president in 1973-74.
Clark joined the Board of the Alameda County Water District in 1964, and was re-elected as a Director for 31 years, including seven terms as President. In September 2003, in recognition of his long service, the newly completed Newark Desalinization Facility was dedicated in his honor, and the street leading to the facility was renamed Redeker Place.
Clark was a long-time member of the Niles Congregational Church, singing in its choir for nearly six decades. More recently, he was an active member of the Newark Community Church, where, despite his age, he smiled, sang and clapped along with the congregation during services. He was also past president of the Newark Chapter of AARP, was active in SIRs, and regularly volunteered at the Newark Senior Center.
He enjoyed camping, trains, photography, trains, music, trains, annual trips to Hawaii, trains, and being a Stanford Alum. At the 2005 Stanford Band Alumni reunion, he was the oldest person marching on the field, and although he attended the 2013 LSJUMB reunion, he decided not to march. His 95th birthday celebration two years ago was attended by almost 150 friends and family members, and featured both a train-shaped cake complete with lights and whistle, and a performance by a contingent from the Stanford band.
Visitation will be held at Chapel of Chimes Reflection Chapel on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial service celebrating Clark's life will be led by Pastor Ed Moore on June 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Newark Community Church. Donations can be made in Clark's memory to the Newark Community Church, the Newark Senior Center ("Newark Betterment"), or the .
Published in East Bay Times on June 3, 2014
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