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Longtime leader, volunteer resigned post after being diagnosed with cancer in late 2018

PMG FILE PHOTO  - Tim Clark Former Wood Village Mayor Tim Clark died Tuesday morning, July 30, after battling a rare form of cancer for several months. He was 57.

Clark's death was confirmed by city of Wood Village officials Wednesday morning.

"When notable people pass, we often reflect on their integrity, the gift they gave us by serving and the expectations that they not only lived up to but maintained for everyone with whom they came in contact," said Mayor Scott Harden, Clark's successor. "I will remember his sense of humor, his laughter, his love for superhero movies, his nature photography and riding in his convertible Mustang for our Night Out Parade ... the vision in my mind will be him laughing as kids scramble for the candy he was throwing during the parade."

After years of volunteering on community boards and organizations, Clark won a spot on City Council in 2009. He was selected council president in 2015 and appointed mayor two years later.

Following a life-changing diagnosis of a rare form of cancer and facing ongoing chemotherapy treatments, Clark resigned his city leadership position in January of this year.

"My goodness, we had a lot of fun," Clark said earlier this year of his council experience. "We would laugh so hard (during council meetings), we would walk out of there with stomach aches."

As a councilor and later as mayor, Clark made creating a personality for Wood Village a priority.

"What ways can we try to create kind of a city identity?" he said of his philosophy. "What we were trying to do was create an identity of where the heart of Wood Village is. In other words, 'Where's our Main Street? Where's our heart?'"

His vision for Wood Village included clearing the former Multnomah Greyhound Park site and developing a master plan for the property as well as the sale and redevelopment of the former City Hall property at 238th Avenue and Halsey Street. He championed the Main Street on Halsey approach to development, upgrades to Donald L. Robertson park and entries to the city, along with a number of other initiatives to create a sense that Wood Village is a special place.

Clark served as a member of the regional Mayor's Association and as chairman of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee for two years, participated in the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, and served as representative to East Multnomah County Transportation Committee and other policy boards.

"Real leadership assures initiatives are undertaken that make sense and can be justified," said City Manager Bill Peterson. "Mayor Clark provided that sort of leadership."

Clark, who lived in Wood Village for the past 17 years, is survived by his wife, Carol, a grown daughter and two grandchildren.


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