John Aesop "Jack" Clark
July 23, 1934
June 8, 2013
The twinkling eyes and devil-may-care grin extinguished for John Aesop "Jack" Clark just before dawn June 8, 2013. His family and friends will miss that wry wit, those snappy rejoinders and the wicked sense of humor. Dementia may have whittled his memory, but didn't impact his flirtatious charm.
At his 50th wedding anniversary to Judy Clark (2005), Jack said all he wanted was to be part of a family-and he certainly achieved that. He is survived by son Michael, and Don (wife Susan, grandsons Nick and Dylan Szewczak) and daughter Kerry (husband Pat) and grandkids Chris and Chelsea Crowe. He was preceded in death by brother William Clark and sister Lee Clark. Bower clan survivors include sisters-in-law Pat Shuster Moore and Helen Gaulden and nephews/nieces: Richard (Mendy) Shuster, Robert (Jan) Shuster, Suzy Shuster Rouse, Rory (Susie) Block, Tracy Block Samuelson, Alison and Daren (Julie) Gaulden and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Jack was born July 23, 1934 in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Yreka with his father at a young age and grew up along the Klamath River. His parents Bill and Ruby divorced when he was young. Jack lived with his father and stepmother Ruby and graduated from Yreka Union High School in 1952. He married Judith Marie Bower in 1955. She preceded him in death in 2006. He was briefly married to Beverly Jackson Demerest from April 2008-September 2012.
Many student athletes aspire to play professional sports-Jack actually had the chance. A star baseball player in high school, Jack was signed by the St Louis Cardinals after high school. As he said "he had a cup of coffee with them and then played minor league baseball in California for a while. He continued to play for a traveling "town" team for many years afterward. He could be found watching any sport on his days off. The remote control often switched from one game to the next-and he kept track of the players, the action and the score.
After his baseball career Jack took a job with Pacific Gas and Electric as a lineman to support his growing family. The power company transferred him and his family to Medford, Oregon for a few years. They returned to Yreka where Jacked worked briefly as a car salesman and then worked for Jerry's Restaurants.
In 1970 Jack and Stan Cramer took a giant risk by moving to Carson City, Nev. to open J's restaurant. The venture lasted a few years. The restaurant adventure confirmed that he was a foodie. Jack loved to cook for people and be a host. Many phone calls would start with a description of what he bought to make for dinner as an invitation to come over. Jude often served as his sous chef. They'd bake cookies-many of us still have our tins for cookies and are waiting for them to be refilled.
The Truckee Meadow's favorite bartender learned his skills working as an active member of the Elks Club
Lodge #1980 in Yreka. He started bartending after J's closed in Carson. He worked for Golden Spike in Carson, Silver Club and Rail City in Sparks and Gold Dust West in Reno. He only retired when health issues prevented him from working. We know he's making cocktails and charming the natives wherever he is.
A private ceremony is being planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Yreka Miner Power Boosters for athletic scholarships. Make checks payable to Miner Power, PO BOX 775, Yreka, CA 96097