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Clark Lee Thomas
March 21, 1919 - November 21, 2012
Resident of Palo Alto
Clark Lee Thomas was called home to be with his Lord on November 21, 2012, in Palo Alto CA, after living an extraordinary life of over 93 years. Clark was a devoted husband for 64 years to Betty (Elizabeth/Betsy Watkins) of Palo Alto; a loving father to his grateful daughters: Ann Powell (Jerry) of Davis, CA, Robin Sweet (David) of Piedmont, CA, and Carol Penrose (Donovan) of Phoenix, AZ; and a dedicated grandfather to his adored grandchildren: Celeste Arrington (Nathan), Weston Powell (Emily), Matthew Powell (Rosie), Emily Sweet, Ted Sweet, Jeffrey Sweet, Colin Penrose (Elaine), and Andrew Penrose. Clark was born March 20, 1919, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, to Dr. William McLean Thomas and Nina Stearns Thomas. He graduated from San Diego High School and received his BS and MS from Colorado School of Mines. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, studied meteorology at UCLA and served during World War II in the 21st Weather Squadron as a meteorologist with the rank of Captain. He worked for 35 years for Standard Oil Company of California (Chevron) and retired as Chief Geologist and Head Petroleum Engineer. Longtime members of Peninsula Bible and Menlo Park Presbyterian churches, Clark and Betty lived more than 40 years in Menlo Park and moved to Palo Alto in 2006. The family thanks his caregivers and the Vi Classic Residence staff for their loving care. A gathering to honor and remember him will be held December 23rd. Contributions to the Campership fund in Clark's honor preferred: Mount Hermon, Thomas Campership LIFE Fund/Book of Remembrance, P.O. Box 413, Mount Hermon, CA 95041.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Dec. 5, 2012
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