Michael Robert Clark
1982 - 2020
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Michael Robert Clark

Playa Del Rey - Michael Robert Clark, Playa Del Rey, CA entered heaven on May 28, 2020, at age 38- after a long struggle with autoimmune disease. He was born in 1982, in Tulare, California to Ron Clark and Lee Ann Clark. He attended school there- Garden, Cherry Avenue, and Tulare Western High School Class of 2000- where he was involved in student government, mock trial, and the golf team. He graduated from UC Riverside in 2004, attended Whittier Law School, and worked for a law firm for a couple of years. He also enjoyed being a waiter at restaurants (with cute girls and well-tipping clientele) around Newport Beach. A chance encounter with a producer led to employment as a production assistant for the popular television game show Wheel of Fortune at the Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City. There, he advanced to Clearance Coordinator- where his law background proved beneficial. And in time, his creative talents led to an additional position writing their online puzzles. He truly loved his job, and was able to work until his last day on earth at "Wheel" (12) years, despite several hospitalizations and continuous doctors' appointments. Thanks so much to Karen Griffith and the "Wheel family" for their care and understanding. Almost 20 years of autoimmune hepatitis left Mike with severe liver disease. That, and an astounding regimen of various daily medications, led to a number of confounding health complications and very close calls. His team of doctors at UCLA, family, and friends pulled him through several critical times over the years. Special thanks to his primary care doctor Anjani Mattai for her exceptional care and attention. Although he was on the liver transplant list, he was never sick enough (or well enough during crises) to receive one. Considering the hand he was dealt, we are grateful for the limited time Michael was here. A friendly, fun-loving guy with an awesome sense of humor, Michael enjoyed spending time with friends, family and fraternity brothers; sushi, golf, snowboarding, sushi, poker, movies, sushi, art, Asian culture, sushi, and listening to Howard Stern... and sushi. He is survived by his parents Lee Ann Clark, Corcoran; Ron & Robyn Clark, Visalia; grandparents Bob & Doe Clark, Tulare and Lenore Paredes, Corcoran; sister Jaci Clark, and brothers Daniel Smith, and Derek and Brandon Walker. He joins his brother Christopher and grandfather Daniel Paredes in heaven. A private service will be held, with a Celebration of Life at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to American Liver Foundation, American Autoimmune & Related Diseases Association, or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Visalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-Register from Jun. 4 to Jun. 6, 2020.
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June 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to this young mans family, friends and colleagues. I didnt know Mike, but I noticed the dedication to him at the end of a recent Wheel of Fortune broadcast, which led me to look for more information about him. I am moved by the story of his life and by how much he was loved and admired. Strength, Courage, Spirit. May he rest in peace and be welcomed into Gods everlasting embrace.
Kenneth Theriault
June 24, 2020
I personally didn't know Michael, but saw the "In Memory of Michael Robert Clark" at the end of Wheel of Fortune. To his friends and family: Sorry to hear of your loss of such a fighter (in the sense he fought against all of his health issues during his life, but still succeeded despite his health issues!) Prayers to the Family and Friends and those who knew him.
Korey Smith
June 9, 2020
I remember holding him as a little baby and seeing his moms big smile . Oh how she loved him . My heart is broken for his friends , family and especially my dear friend his mother LeAnn . Prayers of comfort for their broken hearts at this time of great loss .
Brenda Bethel
June 9, 2020
So very sorry. We are saying prayers for comfort for the family during this very difficult time.
Les & Helen Downing
June 8, 2020
Rest in Peace, Michael. Hopes there's lots of good music up in Heaven.
And sushi. Heartfelt condolences to your family
Debbie Griffin
June 7, 2020
My deepest & heartfelt condolences to Michaels family & friends. Even though its been 20 years since I last saw Michael in AP English at Tulare Western, I hold very positive memories of him. I enjoyed being his teacher & having him in class. He was an intelligent, friendly, respectful young man who was a very astute reader & writer.
I was greatly saddened to hear of his illness & passing. May your memories, faith, & love sustain you.
Kathy Zakarian
June 6, 2020
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Maxine Rodriguez
June 6, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for all the family.
Cheryl Santos
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