Kenneth Douglas Clark “Doug”

1944 – 2020

It is hard to put into words how this caring, loving, and wonderful man touched our lives. He will be incredibly missed by his wife of 55 years, Donna, and his children Kelly (Jerry), Karen, granddaughter Sydney – along with many additional family and friends.

Family was the passion of Doug’s life. He was proud and honored to be a husband, father, and beaming grandfather. He was a constant supporter, cheerleader, and anchor of the family.

Born in Berkeley California in 1944, he lived most of his life in Colorado, then moving to Ohio, New Jersey and ultimately returning to Ohio. Doug had a few health setbacks along his journey but always picked himself up, dusted himself off, and moved forward because he loved life. He also loved people and enjoyed making them laugh whenever possible. Doug has many family and friends who will especially miss his unique style of humor. He practiced pay-it-forward, before it became a trend, and the family has countless stories about these acts of kindness.

Doug will forever be remembered for his bright smile, infectious laugh, fun sense of humor, caring heart, warm embrace, and unconditional love. Although our hearts are heavy, we will celebrate his life and find comfort in the knowledge that he is watching over us and someday we will all be together again.

Biography

Kenneth Douglas Clark was born to Sidney and Florence Clark in Berkeley, California on February 21, 1944. Sidney was a soldier overseas in World War II where he was wounded, and he was sent back to the states to recuperate.   After his recuperation, the family moved to Colorado where most of their relatives lived. In time Sidney was accepted to the Veterinary School at Colorado State University and the family moved from Collbran, CO to Fort Collins where Sidney studied to become a Veterinarian.   

Another move led them back to California where Sidney eventually owned his own Veterinary hospital which he ran until he retired at age 77.

When Doug was 12 years old his parents divorced, and Doug and his mother moved back to Colorado. In the early 1960’s they moved to Greeley, CO where his mother graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a degree in elementary education.  Doug also attended the University High School and he graduated in 1962. When Doug’s mother was offered a teaching job in Grand Junction, CO, they moved again. 

It was during his time attending Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction that he met his wife, Donna Schmitz.  After they married, they lived in Grand Junction for a few years where Doug worked as an insurance agent for New York Life and Donna worked for Mountain Bell.  In 1967, Kelly Diane Clark was born. 

Pursuing Doug’s love for animals and because his dad was a veterinarian, the family moved to Fort Collins in 1970 to follow his dream of being a vet.   He graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.  In 1971, Karen Denise Clark was born. While working on a master’s program, Doug applied to the vet school multiple times but due to the extreme competition was not accepted.  His dream to be a vet ended but his love for animals was always a part of his DNA.  He shifted his career to work as a real estate agent both for residential and commercial properties.

Doug was a devoted husband and father.  Donna’s job with Mountain Bell required varying hours each day.  This meant Doug spent a lot of his time with his daughters.  He was happy that his career in real estate and its flexibility allowed him to be there for them.  They were able to do many fun things together.

In 1976, Donna graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Soon after she graduated, she went from a telephone operator to a telephone technician with Mountain Bell, a job previously held only by men. Doug was incredibly supportive of Donna and her new job, telling her that she could learn to do anything a man could do. 

Over the next years as the girls grew and blossomed into kind and loving people, Doug formed a great bond with each one of them.  He always encouraged them, telling them they could be and do whatever they set their mind to.  

In 1986, Doug and Donna moved to Worthington, Ohio where Donna was offered a job as a trainer at the AT&T training center in Dublin, Ohio. Doug’s extensive experience with carpentry and refurbishing allowed him to have his own business. This move left Kelly at Colorado University basically on her own. She said that she often thought she would leave the nest but did not expect the nest to move away from her. It turned out that the distance helped her learn how to be independent. 

Another move for Donna and Doug took place 6 years later when Donna was transferred to a job with AT&T in New Jersey. With this move Karen was left in school at The Ohio State University. Home moved away from her much like Kelly’s situation.  The distance from home helped Karen also learn to be independent. In 1996, Doug and Donna became Grandparents when Karen gave birth to Sydney Diane Biscarri Clark. 

In 2010, Doug and Donna retired and moved back to Ohio where Kelly, (Jerry), Karen and Sydney lived.  Doug worked part time as the Post Master at a local post office.  Many people came in to the post office just to visit with Doug.  He fully retired in 2013 and enjoyed being active in his church, close to his family and spending time with a rescue cat that became his Shadow.

Sayings we will miss hearing 

  • How are you?   Doug- “If I were any better, I would have to be twins…”   
        or “If I were any better, it would have to be a frame-up”
  • Do you need anything else? …..     Doug- “A million dollars”
  • “If you believe that I have some property in Antarctica to sell you”
  • “Devil speaking who in hell do you want?”
  • “It’s nice to see me again”

Public Respects

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Cher Cheryl Deckner

Friend and member of North East Welcomers Club with Donna

I really enjoyed all the wonderful pictures and bio of Doug! What a testament to a life well lived full of love, kindness and wonderful experiences. Remember all the special moments, treasure his memory in your hearts even though he is no longer physically with you. His spirit lives on in each of you; and you will as is promised, see him again in next life. May God bless and comfort all your family members and hold you firmly in the palm of His mighty but merciful hand.

Leigh Ann Gerardi McCulla

Friend of the family

I've known Doug most of my adult life and am a better person for it. His daughter Karen and I have been the best of friends since 1984 and still continue to be to this day. Doug was a wonderful man, who was just a blessing to the world and brought so much humor to everyone who knew him. He and Donna did an excellent job of raising their family and I'm so glad to know them and have them in my life.

David Curtiss

Nephew

The world has lost a great man in Doug. With his contagious smile and creative wit he could cheer up a room quicker than anyone I know. Since I was a small child I’ve always admired Doug’s intelligence and loved hearing all of his interesting facts when visiting him. I am going to miss that very much.

My heart goes out to Donna and the Clark family in this difficult time. Stay strong as we honor Doug’s wonderful life by sharing the smiles he has given us. He will live in our hearts for the rest of our days.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen , but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:17-18