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CLARK, MD, William Michael 56, of Centerville, OH passed away peacefully February 19, 2013 at Hospice of Dayton, succumbing to complications from pneumonia after a long and debilitating battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. Dr. Clark is survived by his wife, Eileen O'Connell Clark, son Patrick William (Los Angeles) and daughter Erin Maureen (Chicago), Mother, Julia Mary Clark of Dayton, sisters Catherine Ellen (Cay) Dietz of Beavercreek and Nora Gene Clark Neilson (Ron) of Raleigh, NC, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Dr. Clark is the only surviving son of the late Eugene William Clark of Dayton. As a native of Dayton, Dr. Clark attended the E.G. Shaw Elementary School, St. Luke's Middle School, and Carroll High School, where he graduated as salutatorian in 1974. He attended the University of Dayton on an academic scholarship where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1978 before attending Wright State Medical School. He completed his residency at Akron General Hospital before practicing as an Emergency Room Physician at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in his honor at the Church of the Incarnation, 7415 Far Hills Ave, in Centerville on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.westrbrockfuneralhome .com In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (www.myotonic.org/donate) or 1259 El Camino Real, Ste. 150, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The family extends special thanks to the staff at Hospice of Dayton, who guided him in his final journey. Like his father before him, those in the next generation(s) were the light of his life: his son, his daughter, his nieces and nephews all brought smiles to his face. Nothing made him happier than being with family - celebrating Holidays, Christenings, First Communions, Birthdays, Graduations, Weddings, and Anniversaries - or just watching with the pure joy the innocence of a three year old great niece sliding down his automatic recliner. May God bless his strong, brave, and loving soul. He faced a challenging illness with amazing courage and grace. May he be at peace at last in God's home. He will be missed.
Published in Dayton Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013