Donald G. “Don” Clark, 73, of Mifflintown, passed away at 10:50 a.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Born on March 31, 1946, in Port Royal, Juniata County, he is a son of Daisy R. (Crozier) Clark, of Mifflintown and the late Gerald H. “Jerry” Clark. On October 12, 1968 he married his surviving loving wife Brenda K. (Landis) Clark with whom he was blessed to share more than 51 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his 3 sons, Brian Clark and his wife Susan, Michael Clark and his wife Angela, Curt Clark and his wife Lori, all of Mifflintown; 3 brothers, Dennis E. Clark and his wife Kaye, Keith B. Clark and his wife Kathy, Craig J. Clark and his wife Bonnie, all of Mifflintown; and he leaves behind 7 precious grandchildren that he loved very much. They are Garrett Clark and his wife, Rachael, Kiersten Clark and fiancee; Colton Laughman, Briar Clark, Emily Clark, Olivia Clark, Zeb Clark and Autumn Clark.
He was a 1964 graduate of Juniata Joint High School, Mifflintown and he had attended Penn State University.
During the Vietnam war he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Reserves.
At one time he was employed by The Telegraph Press, Harrisburg until it closed, after which he was employed as a supervisor for Nittany Valley Offset, State College, until 2008 when he retired due to health issues.
As his health improved, he became involved with the Juniata County Agricultural Society to the extent of becoming President. He was a second-generation President of the organization, as his late father “Jerry” devoted 30 years toward the society. Don was president of the organization for 10 years.
Racing was one of the loves of his life and even as he battled his illness Don remained committed to his duties at the Juniata County facilities. Less than three weeks ago, Don was on hand to accept a $1.3 M federal grant to help improve the infrastructure of the fairgrounds.
Don so loved the people he encountered at the Speedway and will long be remembered for delivering the invocation during opening ceremonies prior to each event at the track.
In 2016 he was nominated as the “Fair Person of the Year” for all his accomplishments and dedication to making the improvements.
Don the loved his church. He was a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as the superintendent at the Port Royal United Methodist Church.
Being and avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and Penn State Nittany Lion fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons, grandsons and granddaughters. He relished attending all their events and every summer the family enjoyed vacationing together. His greatest love was his family and serving His Lord.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from the Port Royal United Methodist Church, 105 5th St., Port Royal, with Rev. Terry Brosius officiating. Interment will follow in the Adams Cemetery, Mifflintown where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.
Viewing will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020 at the church.
The family will provide all funeral flowers and kindly ask that memorial donations in Mr. Clark’s memory may be made to Hospice of Central PA, Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 170110 or to the Port Royal United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 396, Port Royal, PA 17082.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown.