Jerry Randell Clark
Jerry R. Clark, 69 passed away peacefully at his home in Ranger, Texas after a long and courageous battle with diabetes with his wife Camille Clark of 23 years by his side, surrounded by family and friends.
Jerry was born in Hereford Texas on September 15, 1942 to Henry Chris Clark and Clovis Adele (Wiggins) Clark. Jerry graduated from Hereford High School in 1961 where he excelled football and was selected all conference, which led to a full scholarship to South Western State University at Weatherford Oklahoma. Jerry also attended the University of Maine. During Viet Nam Jerry joined the United States Marine Corps and served in many foreign locations around the world during which time he was assigned to the 2nd Maine Division. Later Jerry was assigned to the 9th Maine Division Viet Nam as a Platoon Sgt. After service in Viet Nam Jerry returned to Quantico where he was assigned to the Marksmanship Training Unit (MTU). It was during this time that Jerry distinguished himself as a member of All Marine Corp Rifle Team winning some of the most prestigious matches and many medals, earning him a position as a member of the Marine Corp Distinguished Marksmanship Association.
After Jerry's discharge from the Marine Corp he joined the United States Border Patrol. He completed the Border Patrol Academy at Brownsville Texas and was assigned to the Chula Vista Border Patrol Sector, San Diego California. During his career with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service Jerry held positions in many locations retiring as the Canine Officer and Marine Officer a position where he was a pivotal person in establishing the Marine Unit. After his retirement from the USINS, Jerry went to Washington DC to assist in the development of the new Transportation Security Agency (TSA) after the events of September 11, 2001. He was instrumental in setting up rapid security solutions at more than 200 locations throughout the United States during the screening process of more than seven million people. During Jerry's long and distinguished career as a law enforcement officer he also was a Deputy Sheriff Aroostook County Maine and a Police Officer with the Caribou Police Department. He was also selected as a member of a special escort detail to provide security to Pope John Paul during his visit to the United States.
Jerry was a man of personal conviction, proud of his family and their accomplishments, an American patriot proud of his service to his country as a United States Marine and law enforcement officer who passed from this life to the next with courage and dignity.
He was pre deceased by his father and mother, a brother Conrad Clark from Eastland TX, his former wife and mother of his children Beverly Clark Koelle of Caribou Maine. He is survived by his loving wife Martha Camille (Johnson) Clark of Ranger TX, a sister Barbara Dell (Clark) McDermitt from Decatur, TX, daughter Lisa Kim Clark of Seattle WA, son Chris Anthony Clark, daughter in law Robin Clark and grandson Keith Clark all of Presque Isle, Maine. Step children Kevin Johnson Borland of Portland Oregon and Ingrid Mae Borland of Portland, Oregon.
The family of Jerry Clark would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the care givers and staff at the Fresenius Medical Care facility where Jerry received his dialysis and a very special and caring Dr. Fakhoury for all the kindness and compassion.
Funeral arrangements will be managed by Edwards Funeral Homes, Ranger, Texas. Jerry will be interned in the Willamette Valley National Cemetery Portland Oregon.
Published in Abilene Reporter-News on Aug. 5, 2012