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Richard Clark Obituary

Richard J. Clark, 90, of Ashton, died Monday, July 11, 2018, at Parkwood Assisted Living in Idaho Falls. He was born Dec. 13, 1927, on a wintery night in Ashton to Jess and Ortella Atkinson Clark.

He grew up in Ashton, receiving his schooling there and graduating from Ashton High School in 1945. He enjoyed music and played trumpet in the school band and for dances in the area. He loved Scouting and camping at Treasure Mountain Scout Camp. He loved to hike Table Rock and enjoyed the Teton Mountain Range.

He loved sports and was on the ski team and the high school boxing team. He then attended Utah State for one year, where he became the AAU Intermountain Boxing Champ in his weight. He played trumpet in the college dance band and with the ROTC band.

During that year at USAC, he met the love of his life, LaVonne Bailey, from Hyrum, Utah. He spent the summer months working for the Forest Service building roads between Driggs and Swan Valley until fall when he enlisted in the Army.

A four-year long-distance courtship with LaVonne ensued while he served in the Army in Korea and southern Japan with the Eighth Army Signal Corps School and then while he attended the Salt Lake Area Vocational School. Richard and LaVonne were married June 13, 1949, in the Logan LDS Temple and made their home in Ashton. They have been grateful for 69 years of married life, during which time they raised four children: Bruce Carolyn, Janice and LuAnne.

He enjoyed his time at the vocational school where he learned the skill of barbering, which was his love and vocation for 56 years while he worked with his father in the Clark Barber Shop. He was invited to run the new barber shop in the Manwaring Center at Ricks College, and he truly enjoyed the experience of working with those college young men. After a time, he returned to Ashton when his father became seriously ill and ran the shop there until his retirement.

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has expressed his love and testimony for the gospel of Jesus Christ as he served in many different leadership capacities. He served as bishop, counselor in the stake presidency, stake patriarch and director of the Ashton Family History Center.

He is survived by his wife, LaVonne, and children: Bruce (Glenys) Clark, of South Jordan, Utah; Carolyn (Robert) Christesen, of Riverton, Utah; Janice Walker, of Boise, Idaho; and LuAnne (Monty) Fowler, of Shelley. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Sandcreek 1st Ward Chapel, 885 South Boulevard, Idaho Falls. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:30-7 p.m. at Baxter Funeral Home, 717 Main St., in Ashton, and then from 10-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will be in Ashton Pineview Cemetery with military rites. Condolences may be sent online to www.baxterfh.com.

The family expresses their appreciation to the staff at Parkwood Assisted Living and Encompass Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

Published in Post Register from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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