William Patrick "Bill" Clark Jr., 81, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, of advanced Parkinson's Disease, at the home ranch in Shandon, assured of his family's love, affection and gratitude. Bill was born in Oxnard, Calif., to an Irish Catholic family of cattlemen, teamsters and lawmen. From birth, he learned to love and respect family, his Catholic faith, horses and the land. He passed this love and respect on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandson. Bill possessed a quiet but passionate love of both country and the philosophical underpinnings of our nation. He was dedicated to the rights of the individual, from the unborn to the incarcerated, to the sick and the dying, to the under-represented. This love and dedication guided his many years in government, compelled him to serve his country and serve it well. Bill's greatest solace in life was his faith in God, wife Joan, children, grandchildren, great-grandson and the family ranch in Shandon. Whether he was working in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., he always returned home to the ranch where he was happiest, content and relaxed. Nothing brought more satisfaction to him than working on the ranch, developing his springs, growing his olive trees, driving his horses, flying his L-19 "Bird Dog." Bill felt great love for the community that came to Chapel Hill, the Chapel on the family ranch that he and Joan designed and built. At the Chapel, Bill and Joan made countless friends who Bill greatly missed in his final months when he was unable to attend Mass on Sundays. Bill is survived by his five children Monica (Lee), Pete (Elena), Nina (Mark), Colin (Linda) and Paul (Gigi); eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his dog, Pancho. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at Chapel Hill, McMillan Canyon Road in Shandon. Interment at Shandon Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the William P. and Joan Clark Legacy Scholarship Endowment at Saint Rose Catholic Grammar School in Paso Robles; or Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School in San Luis Obispo. Eddington Funeral Services (831) 385-5400 King City, Calif.