John Alva "Jack" Clarke
1935 - 2018
Nelson Family Mortuary
4780 N University Ave
Provo, UT
John Alva (Jack) Clarke passed away July 31, 2018 after being surrounded by his family. He was born November 27, 1935 to A. John and Xarissa Merkley Clarke in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, along with his twin sister, Jill. Jack and Jill joined two older sisters, Peg and Sybil, with Kathy coming along later to complete the family.

As a child, Jack moved to Provo, Utah, where he grew up and attended Brigham Young High School. He was a gifted athlete and recognized as an All-American football player. He attended BYU where he played football his freshman year. Then, Jack was called to serve in the Western States LDS Mission, where he labored faithfully for two years. Upon his return, he met his sweetheart, Marilyn Tuckett. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple, September 25, 1958. After they both graduated from BYU, life took them to Ogden, Cedar City, Salt Lake City and Rexburg, Idaho. They spent their retirement years in Orem, Utah, making dear friends amongst their neighbors and ward members. Jack and Marilyn were the devoted parents of seven children. As their father, Jack's hallmark was encouraging his children to reach beyond what they thought might be possible.

Jack worked for State Farm Insurance, Diet Center, Inc., and Ricks College. He also served his country in the National Guard.

He will be remembered for his faithful service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as bishop in three wards: Cedar City 1st, Rexburg 10th and Ricks College 42nd and as a branch president at the Provo MTC. He was involved in mentoring young men through the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmaster. He taught not only scouting skills, but also life lessons while sharing the gospel along the way. He saw many of his scouts advance to the rank of Eagle and Jack was later recognized with the Silver Beaver Award.

Jack was a true "people person." He loved getting to know people, forging friendships and then treasuring those relationships. When he talked to you there was always genuine interest. Strangers quickly became friends, usually from questions about where they were from, where they went to school, and making connections with the "Do you know . . .?" game. His teasing manner and warmth soon put people at ease. Jack was extremely generous with his time and with his means.

He is survived by his children, Jennifer Sorensen, Kristen (Spencer) Kirk, Colette, Drew (Adrienne), James (Andrea) and Scott; 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jill Harris and Kathy Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his son, Bryan; his son-in-law, Christian Sorensen; his parents and his sisters, Peg Riley and Sybil Ferguson.

As a family, we express deep gratitude to his Good Shepherd caregivers who were angels in his time of need. We are also grateful Dad spent the past six months in the home of his daughter, Jennifer, and her daughter, Marissa, after the passing of our mother. We love you, Dad.

The funeral service will be held Monday, August 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nelson Family Mortuary Chapel, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo. Viewings will also be held at the mortuary Sunday, August 5th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Monday prior to the funeral service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment at the American Fork Cemetery. To express condolences visit
Published by Rexburg Standard Journal on Aug. 3, 2018.
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I remember jack as a warming and a very care giving person I always had my pictures taken with jack at all off our conventions. I was so honored when he came two my diet center in grove city Ohio. I will always keep him in my heart and remember what a caring loving man he was. You are all very blessed to have had jack in your life, Gods Blessings on everyone off you. R.I.P. jack. Marilyn (Gillispie) Partlow 2087 woodward av Columbus Ohio 43219 From the Grove City Ohio Diet Center. I would love two be back with the diet center, it was great.
Marilyn (Gillispie ) Partlow
February 10, 2021
I genuinely express my condolences to the entire Clarke Family. Bishop and Sister Clarke were great friends and neighbors the minute they moved into our ward and they always went out of their way to welcome me even when I would visit my home after moving away. I have great memories of their service and hosting youth activitiesespecially when it came to building floats for the parade.
Matt Weber
August 21, 2018
I have many fond memories of Jack and his family from our "Diet Center Days". Jack was a good man and a special friend, and he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Linda Murri Parker
Rexburg, ID
August 7, 2018
I am sorry to hear of your loss. Working with both Jack and Marilyn at Diet Center was such a joy and getting to know their children was just as fun. Know we are thinking of you in this time of sorrow.
Much Love,
Angie (Colborn) Hill and Family
Roger Wood and Family
August 6, 2018

The Merrell boys had great times with the Clarke family. We love you all and remember your parents fondly. We love you all. Your Dad was great.
Glade & Irene Merrell
August 3, 2018
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