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Clark Jr., Arthur "Mike" D. Age 87, a resident of Los Lunas since 2008, died Friday, April 25, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlotte "Sunnie," of Los Lunas; Cynthia Griffin (Mike), Michael Clark (GayLynn), Deborah Hasse (William), and Timothy (Sharon), a brother, Warren Clark (Sandy) of Fountain Hills, Arizona, and a sister, Sue McKereghan (Chuck) of Ashland, Oregon; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mike was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 6, 1926. As a young man he enjoyed many sports, including boxing, swimming and basketball. He joined the Marine Corps in 1944 and was trained at Camp Pendelton, California. From there he was assigned to the 5th Marine Division "The Spearhead," and participated in the battle of Iwo Jima, where he was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound received in combat. Mike was recently selected to join the Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico's inaugural flight to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII memorial in June. Following his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Mike attended college on the G.I. Bill at the University of Minnesota. He moved to Pasco, Washington, where he worked as a tire retailer before moving to Roswell, New Mexico. While there, he worked as a liquor distributor and was transferred to Las Cruces, New Mexico. In Las Cruces, he continued his education at NMSU. Subsequent to his attendance at NMSU, Mike continued his public service as an accountant with the Department of the Army at White Sands Missile Range. Mike was always up for a new adventure, and lived in Frankfurt, Germany, for seven years while he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as an accountant. He and Sunnie traveled extensively throughout Europe, as well as Egypt and Russia. He retired from the Department of Defense and returned to Las Cruces before moving to Los Lunas. Upon retiring, they continued to enjoy their love of travel throughout the United States. Mike and Sunnie traveled to Florida, Hawaii, Alaska and all parts in between. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at San Clemente Church, 244 Luna Ave. NE in Los Lunas. He will then be buried at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions may be made to the in his honor. Please visit our online guestbook for Arthur at FRENCH – University, 1111 University Blvd NE, 505-843-6333
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 4, 2014
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