M. Clark Fisher


(Dec. 9, 1926 - March 24, 2011)

M. Clark Fisher, 84, died Thursday, March 24 in Powell.

Clark was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Oakland, Calif., to Milton and Mabel Clark Fisher.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-47. He was in the Army Infantry and was in the first replacement forces to Japan. After the Army, he graduated from the University of the Pacific with a business degree.

He was married and had three children, Linda, Doug and Katy and lived in Stockton, Calif. Following his divorce, he went to seminary where he met Claudia Phillips, and they were married June 11, 1961, in San Anselmo, Calif. Clark and Claudia had three children, Kevin, Christine and Karsten, and they made their home in the California towns of Riverside and Crestline, and finally, Powell.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, Calif., and Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, Calif. 

Clark was a sporting goods salesman, and Presbyterian minister. He was the pastor at Crestline Community Presbyterian Church for 21 years, and was made pastor emeritus of that church when he retired. His ministry focused on those in need both physically and spiritually. He served in many offices of the Presbytery and Synod.

He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the NRA. He was a member of the Rotary since 1970, both in Crestline and Powell and served as president of Crestline Rotary and was a Paul Harris fellow. He also served as citizens patrol for the sheriff’s department in Crestline. He was chairman of the Cedarpines Park Water District and a moderator of the Riverside Presbytery and Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. He raised Morgan horses that Christine showed in Western hunt seat, saddle seat and cart, winning many ribbons.

Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Mabel Clark Fisher and a grandson, Layton Nidever.

He is survived by his wife Claudia Phillips Fisher, sons Douglas Nidever, Kevin (Eve) Fisher, Karsten (Debbie) Fisher, daughters Linda Davis, Katy (Bruce) Dockter, Christine Rathbun, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, March 28 at Union Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Holly Haines and Rev. George Pasek officiating.Pallbearers were Doug Nidever, Tobin Nidever, Karsten Fisher, Matthew Rathbun, Jacob Dockter, Robert Fisher and Brandon Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Howard Hendricks, Glen Cosner, Frank Avatavilt, Rick Rice and Brian Loera.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Union Presbyterian Church.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at www.thompsonfuneral.net.