Former co-owner of newspaper dies
Randalyn Nickelsen Clark, former owner of Community Newspapers with her husband, Steve Clark, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, after a long battle with cancer.
Clark grew up in Hood River and went on to attend Willamette University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. She served as director of marketing and communications at the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette. She also owned Nickelsen Clark Advertising & Public Relations.
Clark may have been best known by newspapers readers as the co-owner of Community Newspapers Inc. with her husband Steve. The couple purchased the six-newspaper group in October 1996. At the time, these papers included: Tigard Times, Tualatin Times, Beaverton Valley Times, Lake Oswego Review, West Linn Tidings and Forest Grove News-Times. Over the years, they expanded the group, before selling it to Robert B. Pamplin Jr. in August 2000.
Clark had served as the company's marketing director and manager of the commercial printing and contract publishing division. Under her guidance, she managed the editorial, design, production, printing and distribution of numerous publications.
As co-owner of Community Newspapers Inc, Clark and her husband were passionate believers in the value of community journalism.
"The purchase of Community Newspapers Inc. by the Clark family singularly represents the strongest statement that we, as owners, the newspapers' employees and the previous owners of the firm can make to the value and importance of these newspapers and the communities we serve.," she said in a column that she co-wrote in 1996.
Clark is survived by her husband Steve; son Connor and his wife Lauren; son Colin and his wife, Tiffany and their son Eliott.