James "Jim" Joseph Clark, aged 79, passed away peacefully at home in Madras in the early hours of July 19th, after a nine month battle with esophageal cancer.
Jim was born on October 1, 1940, in Oregon City, Oregon, the eldest child of Daniel Clark and Sarah "Ellen" Elliott.
Jim attended school in Madras and Culver, and was an accomplished 4-H gardener, winning many awards throughout the years. After high school, he joined his father in the family business, the Culver Garage. His younger brother, Danny, later joined him as a business partner, until Jim's retirement in 2017.
Jim married his first wife, Luella Juker, in 1962. Together, they raised two children.
In 1985, Jim wed Helen Clark. They raised Helen's youngest daughter together. Jim and Helen celebrated their 35th anniversary shortly before his passing. He kissed her every morning and night, and they held hands wherever they went.
Jim believed in hard work and discipline. He kept busy and held himself to high standards, approaching every project with thoughtfulness and intention. He never encountered a manual that he didn't read cover to cover.
Jim was interested in the sciences, and never stopped being curious. While he pretended to be gruff , Jim had a playful spirit and was much loved by family, particularly his grandchildren, who knew that grandpa was always game for whatever silly antics. He enjoyed movies and travelling throughout the U.S.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Helen; son, Ron Clark; daughter, Sharon Dreyer; step-children, Joni Nichols, Jerry, Jeff , Jayne and Michael Wallace, Judy Buckner, and Samantha Loza; sisters, Dorothy Clark, Betty Davenport, and Donna Pickel; brother, Danny Clark; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Ellen; and sister, June Bitner.
Jim was a much loved husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. The family is planning a gathering to celebrate his life in October.