Donald Clark, 85, passed away in Salem, OR on July 9, 2014. Don was born to Percy and Dorothy Clark in Salem, Oregon. He grew up in the Salem area and graduated from Salem High School. He attended Willamette University and graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1948 he married Lillian Rae Coward to whom he was married for forty-three years. In 1991 Lillian passed away after a battle with breast cancer.
Don's residences followed his work life, beginning in the 1950's with North American, a defense contractor for the US government in Los Angeles, California. This was followed by other positions in California, Oregon, and Washington as a design engineer for electromechanical control systems and components. He also served as a consultant and was one of the founders of Integrated Circuits in Redmond, Washington. Don and Lillian resided at their farm near Silverton, Oregon from 1987 until her death.
In 1992 he married Shirley LaMunyon, and they took up residence at his beloved farm. Together they enjoyed long drives, looking up new words, doing crossword puzzles, and being each other's companions. In 2012 Don and Shirley moved to Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer, Oregon.
Don was active in a number of Lutheran churches, including St. Mark, Salem, Oregon; Faith, Redmond, Washington; and Immanuel, Silverton, Oregon.
Don was a beloved husband and father, brother, grandfather, stepfather, step grandfather, uncle, and friend. Incredibly smart and well read, he brought his engineer's mind to every pursuit in life. Irascible, stubborn, opinionated, and generous, he was a friend of cats everywhere.
Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Dorothy Clark, and his wife, Lillian Rae Clark. He is survived by his spouse, Shirley Clark, of Keizer, Oregon; brother, Robert Clark of Medford, Oregon; daughters, Vicki Lloyd (Dan) of San Jose, CA, and Sharon Clark of Kirkland, WA; granddaughters, Jennifer McEvoy, Marcia Franks and Kristi Sanchez all of California, six great grandchildren, numerous nieces, and a nephew. He was dearly loved by all, including Shirley's children, grandchildren, and the rest of her extended family members.
The family has requested memorials be designated to: the Youth Program at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon.
A graveside service will be held at Valley View Cemetery in Silverton at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26. The service will be followed by a luncheon in the parish hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Silverton. Officiant will be the Rev. Leah Stolte-Doerfler. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on July 20, 2014