Bill Clark, Sr.


(November 13, 2002)

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell for Bill Clark, Sr., 64, of Byron who died Wednesday, Nov. 13 of complications from diabetes and renal failure.

He was born William Dwin Clark on June 29, 1938, in Burlington, the 15th of 16 children born to Sheldon Joseph Clark and Emma Amanda (Mecham) Clark. There were eight girls and eight boys in the family.

His father died when he was 9, so the younger boys had to help on the home place at Burlington. He also worked on ranches and on some of the farms around Burlington as his older brothers often took him to whatever ranch they were working on during summer breaks.

He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and spent his tour on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific.

He worked on many jobs, truck driving, groundskeeper and dairy herdsman in Hawaii, but he enjoyed the drilling industry the most in Utah and all parts of Wyoming, because he enjoyed the excitement of bringing in a good well and seeing new country.

He finally put down permanent roots in 1984 in Byron. His last job was with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department as construction foreman on the Yellowtail Habitat Unit. He was injured on the job and was on disability from 1996.

He enjoyed anything outdoors- camping, fishing, riding his horses or just plain driving around looking for wildlife. He enjoyed guns and shooting.

He also liked helping people and was always "on call" if someone needed an extra set of hands.

He is survived by his wife Candy of the family home in Byron; a son, William Clark, Jr. and wife Manuela and granddaughter Tiffany of Reichelsheim, Germany; his daughter from a previous marriage, Kimberly Heiser and husband David and granddaughter Stephanie of Laurel, Mont.; a sister, Velma Lynch of Hudson; a brother, Jay Clark and wife Judy of Ralston; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and six brothers and seven sisters.

He and Candy are members of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell. A gathering celebrating his life will be held at the family home in Byron following the services.