Gene Taylor "Beanie" Clark, 83, of St. Anthony, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at his home of natural causes.
He was born in Wilford, by the Teton River, on June 4, 1929. He was the youngest son of John Taylor Clark and Emma Jane Brown Clark. His mother died when he was very young, and his was to be a life dedicated to hard work and making a successful life on his own grit and determination. He was taken in by various families and the people in Teton were very dear to his heart, especially the Crane family.
His fondest memories of his early life were sheep herding with his father. He often recounted how much he loved working the sheep. One story he told was as a lad of only 9 years of age, how his father counted on him to drive a team of horses and wagon up to the sheep camp all by himself. He learned responsibility at a young age. When he attended school in Wilford and Teton, he was expected to race home at noon to punch the bread down for his mother.
He married Geraldine Ruth Welker in Dillon, Mont. He always said that he and Gerry grew up together. This marriage would last until his death 66 years later.
He always dreamed of having a family and toiled his life providing for their well-being. He never had a job that he didn't like or learn something from. Among the many jobs that he had were a sheep herder, gas-station attendant, potatoes, dry-farm, plumber, railroad, bricklayer and masonry contractor.
His hobbies included fishing the Snake River, and the Railroad Ranch, before it became legal to do so, and golfing. He loved to watch kids play sports, woodworking and, of course, hard work.
The morning of his passing, he ate a hearty breakfast and trudged out to do one of his favorite jobs -- shoveling snow. He loved to see the snow neatly piled on each side of his driveway and sidewalk. When the job was done, he simply went into the house, sat down in his favorite place in the kitchen, and rested from a life well lived and worked hard.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, three brothers, Arnie, Jack and Bert Clark; his sister, Garnot Bischoff; and one granddaughter, Jamie Dawn Clark Nelson.
Gene is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gerry Clark; and their three children, Connie (Fred) Engbretson, Karen (Francisco) Diaz and Rick (Terri) Clark; as well as eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in the St. Anthony LDS 4th Ward Chapel, 507 W. Second North. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Bert Flamm Mortuary and from noon to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Wilford Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com.