STEPHEN CLARK

 

STEPHEN MILES CLARK  
October 18, 1930 - August 28, 2018  

With great sadness, we announce the passing of long-time Severna Park resident Steve Clark at the age of 87. Steve died at his home in Round Bay, overlooking the Severn River, with his family beside him, especially Dee, the love of his life and wife of 64 years. The son of Cornie and Allan Clark of Media, PA, he graduated from The George School and Swarthmore College. He also leaves behind two daughters, Stephanie (Jonathan Bergstrom) and Nini (Lyn Goodwin), and a son, Andy (Val); sister Deb (Husband Ted) in Connecticut, and her four children, William, Gregg, Lisa and Ellen; and his five grandchildren, Rachel Canela (Shawn), Jacob Laaveg (Pearl), Kali Clark, Kyle Clark, and Sara Tocaben (Alex); and three great-grandchildren, Oscar Laaveg, Max Tocaben, and Eloise Tocaben. He was proud of his children and supported all their various endeavors.
Steve served his country on active duty in the Marine Corps 1953-54 and continued in the Marine Reserves until his retirement after thirty years as a Lt. Colonel. He had a long career with the National Security Agency (1954 - 1987) before retiring to travel widely with Dee and winter in Jupiter, FL. Always a proud Marine, Steve was a fine athlete, playing soccer and lacrosse at Swarthmore. He spent many years coaching Little League soccer and lacrosse in Severna Park, enjoying watching many of his boys grow to play those sports in college. He and Dee excelled in doubles tennis, playing year-round in Maryland and Florida. A sailor, bridge player, student of history, and voracious reader with a keen intellect and sense of humor, he always had time for friends no matter what the need. In the 1970s, he served as President of the Round Bay Community Association.
Steve and Dee made many friends during their travels, especially in Florida and Breckinridge, CO. Avid beachgoers, the couple took regular pilgrimages to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Above all, Steve Clark was Always Faithful, especially to his Family and his Country. He will be sorely missed.
The Clark Family will hold a celebration of Steve's life at their home on the afternoon of September 15, 2018. In lieu of flowers, they would appreciate any donation to the Veterans' Administration at Walter Reed Hospital, Bethesda, MD.


Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 11, 2018