Douglas CLARK

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CLARK, Douglas Brink (Doug)
June 16, 1926 - June 7, 2018
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Doug Clark, a loving and devoted husband, father, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, brother, uncle, and friend, at the age of 91 years, in Calgary, AB. Doug was born in Edmonton, AB, second eldest of five boys, to Hector and Harriett Clark. Growing up on a prairie farm near Horse Hill, Alberta during the Depression, Doug learned the value of hard work, ingenuity and perseverance, attributes he exemplified through his long life. After graduating from Eastwood High School in Edmonton, Doug pursued his studies at the University of Alberta for one year and ultimately chose opportunities in Western Canada's nascent oil and gas sector. In an adventurous and highly successful sixty year career, Doug was respected as a landman, consultant, manager, gas producer, gold miner and company president. The discovery of a large gas field in Battle Creek, Montana, was the pinnacle of the thriving business life that he shared with his wife, Fay, who was at his side during every triumph and challenge. Doug attended an executive education program at Cornell University and was a proud member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen. He and colleagues established the Petroleum Land Management program at then Mount Royal College, a visionary contribution to the advancement of the profession. In 2015, Doug achieved his sixty- five year pin from CAPL, a rare and meaningful achievement. A talented baseball player as a young man, Doug later spent many years coaching Little League. He was instrumental in the founding of Glenmore Little League, which was a predecessor to Calgary West Little League, now a thriving baseball organization. Doug was an outstanding curler and lifelong fisherman, enjoying his annual salmon fishing trip to the Queen Charlotte Islands well into his eighties. A quintessential do-it-yourselfer, Doug's skills in woodworking, stone masonry, and inventing are the stuff of family legend. He got a kick out of harvesting giant vegetables in his Springbank garden and family members were lucky recipients of fall produce including jars of sinus-clearing horseradish. Doug and Fay loved the outdoors and had many wonderful camping trips often accompanied by kids and grandkids in their RV, also known as the "home truck". They also became world travelers and were renowned for getting to know local folks while exploring new cultures. Doug is survived by his loving wife of thirty-three years, Fay; his five children, Jan (Murray), Gini, Loree, Ian (Lorraine) and Alec (Sloan); his two step-sons, Pat and Mike Cooper; and his two brothers, Ward (Sharon), Kent (Joan). Grandpa Doug will be missed by twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Doug was predeceased by his two brothers, William and Lloyd. Doug's tremendous integrity, his never-fail sense of humour and his remarkable zest for life will be missed by all. A Celebration of Doug's life will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Glencoe Golf & Country Club, (31002 Elbow River Drive SW, Calgary, AB). If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, #120, 6835 Railway St SE Calgary, AB T2H2V6, www.parkinsonalberta.ca or The Prostate Cancer Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Urology, Rockyview General Hospital, 6500-7007 14 Street SW Calgary, AB T2V 1P9 www.prostatecancercentre.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Doug's family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Maison Senior Living and Lake Bonavista Village for Doug's recent care. In living memory of Doug Clark, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


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Published in The Calgary Herald from June 13 to June 16, 2018
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