Clark N. West III

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Clark Nelson West III, 78, of Westminster, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Carroll Hospice's Dove House after a six-month battle with cancer.

Born April 21, 1935, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Virginia Moyer West and Clark N. West, Jr. Twice married, he was the husband of Joanne Jennings West, who he married Nov. 30, 2011; and M. Jeanne Wunder West, who died in 1996.

After receiving a two-way radio, he set on the path for what would become a distinguished broadcasting career. After receiving the Christmas present as a young teen, he began broadcasting the play-by-play account of Orioles games with the assistance of a friend who would listen to the actual radio broadcast and hand him slips of paper describing the action.

Unbeknownst to them, the broadcast was being received by radios all around their Pimlico neighborhood, a fact that was only revealed to them when his parents received a "cease and desist" order from the FCC.

Undaunted by this early setback, he made his way to the studios of WCAO Radio soon after graduating from Forest Park High School in 1953. Initially denied an interview because of his youth and inexperience, he was finally given an audition because he refused to leave the studio.

He had a long career at WITH Radio, where he would eventually work with Hot Rod and Buddy Dean. After 51 years on the air, he retired from CBS radio affiliates WBMD and WBGR in 2005.

Outside of the broadcast studio, he was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic fan of the Baltimore Ravens. He was known in his Westminster neighborhood for surveying his well-manicured lawn while enjoying a cigar.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters and sons-in-law Melody and Joe Balsamo, of Westminster, and Wendy and Jim Collett, of Fallston; step-children and spouses Matthew Kahn and wife Maren McBride, of Washington, D.C., and Lauren and John Cleary, of Vermont; a brother, James West, of Dundalk; grandchildren Megan and husband Clint Cagle, Justin Balsamo and Kaleigh Collett; and a great-grandson, Logan Cagle.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Matthew Balsamo; and a brother, Thomas West.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service, noon at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157, or at www.carrollhospice.org

Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7533
Published in Carroll County Times from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013
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