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Addison Willard Clark February 9, 1926 - June 8, 2013 "Add" was the only child of Georgia and Addison W. Clark Sr. He was born and spent most of his life living in the Visalia area. He graduated from Visalia High School in 1943 and at the age of seventeen joined the US Navy for a special officer's training program. After receiving his commission as an Ensign in 1944, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer in the Pacific theater. Always modest about his service, he was particularly proud to bring home a bolt of beautiful white silk from China for his high school sweetheart, Christine Walker, to make into a wedding gown. He married Christine in 1946 and soon moved to Davis where Add finished his education at the University of California. They returned to Visalia where they bought a small farm in the Venice Hills area living and loving life together for the next 63 years. It was a special joy to him that his son, John, became their business partner in 1976. Over the years, their farm expanded to include walnuts, pecans and citrus. Add remained active and interested in the farm until his death. He gave of his time to several civic and business organizations, including serving on the board of directors for Ivanhoe Elementary and Exeter Union High Schools, Ivanhoe Citrus Association, Diamond Walnut Growers and the Tulare County Farm Bureau. Add's good humor and love of life will be missed by all. He so loved his many friends and enjoyed their adventures and triumphs as if they were his own. He'll be remembered for his skilled craftsmanship and love of the outdoors, but most importantly for his gentle nature, his kindness and his wealth of knowledge about local history. He set the example for so many of us to follow. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Christine Clark, his son John (Becky) and grandchildren, Cody (Jillian) and Renee Clark. He was also survived by his sister-in-law, Jennie Walker and her children, Judy Evans, Jim Walker and Christine (Rod) Nale. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Sally Clark. In memory, contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Services will be private.

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on June 21, 2013
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