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Rev. Milton Edmund Clark, SMA, was born on January 24, 1925, in Pensacola, FL, to David J. and Eulalie (nee Clark) Yates. He spent his early years between Larchmont, NY and Pensacola. It was in Pensacola that he graduated from high school (1942) and on August 17, 1943, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the 13th Air Force Bomb Squadron in the South Pacific during WWII. He participated in four different theaters of action, earning him the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf clusters. Fr. Clark Yates, before coming to the Society of African Missions (SMA) attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, after which he joined the SMA and attended Queen of Apostles Seminary and did his theology at Catholic University. Ordained an SMA priest on February 4, 1956, Fr. Clark served more than thirty years in Liberia, fifteen of them as Regional Superior. He was in Liberia, West Africa at the beginning of its civil war and later went to Cote d'Ivoire, to work with the refugees of that war. Fr. Yates was a gentle, kind, and thoughtful person. He was a priest much loved by the many people he served and sought after as a mentor by other missionaries. He was asked and accepted the task to work with formation of future priests in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Clark had leadership positions in both Rome and in the United States. In Rome he served on the SMA General Council for almost three years. After many years working in Liberia, he was called to serve as Vice-Provincial and again as Councilor for the American Province. In his later years, he desired to deepen his relationship with God and so went into the desert and lived life as a hermit. Fr. Yates always presented a positive attitude, one that reflected gratitude for those around him. Even during his final years, when he was not able to care for himself, the visitor never left him without a smile on his face and a word of gratitude for their visit. He will be greatly missed but always remembered for his presence. May he now rest in peace with his creator. Services Sunday, 2:30 PM. Reception of the body at St. Anthony's Chapel, 23 Bliss Ave., Tenafly. Viewing at the chapel 3-8 PM, Office of the Dead, 7 PM. Mass of the Resurrection, Monday, 11:45 AM, at the chapel. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Tenafly. Arrangements Barrett Funeral Home, Tenafly. Visit www.barrettfuneralhome.net
Published in The Record/Herald News on Jan. 6, 2013