More detail on this person: Jeffrey T. Clark
peacefully passed away on May 22, 2014. He and
his wife Laura enjoyed forty-four years of
adventure together, including service and life in
faraway places like Germany, the Marshall Islands
and Georgia. With three children and three
grandchildren, he will be sorely missed by those
he left behind. A warrior all of his life, he
served his country for twenty two years in the
United States Army, serving first in the Big Red
One in Vietnam, and then in the First Military
Intelligence Battalion in Germany. His daughters
will remember polishing his service boots, water
skiing around Kwajalein Island in the Pacific and
showing Bagheera the bunny at the Saratoga
County Fair. His wife will remember traveling
across country while first married, visiting art
museums in Europe and going on various trail
running, snow shoeing and kayaking expeditions in
the Saratoga area. He was exceptionally
community service oriented, serving as a Judge for
the Town of Northumberland, helping St. Peter‚«÷s
Parish and the Special Olympics and perhaps his
proudest achievement was serving as the President
of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business
Association. While his time was far too short, he
leaves behind a rich legacy of family, friends and
colleagues who are enriched by his life. He has
left behind his much loved wife, Laura and three
children; Julie Suarez, Jill Woolley and Jacky
Gilchrist. He was blessed with three sons-in-law,
Darren Suarez, Robert Woolley and Grady Gilchrist,
along with three grandchildren Elena and Emilia
Suarez and Bryce Arlene Woolley. He leaves
behind Walter J. Clark, his father from Cobleskill
and brothers John and Robert Clark and his sister
Mary Swartz. Relatives and friends may call from 4
to 7pm Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Burke Funeral
Home, 628 North Broadway 584-5373. A funeral
Mass will be celebrated at 9:30am Wednesday in
the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway. Burial with
military honors will follow at 11am at the Gerald
BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Jeff‚«÷s name to the
Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka,
KS 66675 to honor his memory. Online
remembrances may be made at
Published in The Saratogian on May 24, 2014
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Well-known businessman and highly decorated Vietnam veteran Jeff Clark passed away Wednesday night at his home, surrounded by loved ones, following a brave battle with cancer.
Clark was Downtown Business Association president and had recently retired as an Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. franchisee in Saratoga Springs.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday morning at St. Peter's Church, followed by internment at Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Stillwater.
"His heart was in Saratoga Springs," said Susan Farnsworth, DBA director of promotions and marketing. "Every letter he wrote he finished by saying what a privilege it was to live and work here. He was so involved; always generous with his time. Most important, he was totally devoted to his wife of 43 years, Laura."
The couple has three daughters _ Julie, Jill and Jackie _ and several grandchildren.
Clark, a Ticonderoga native, enjoyed kayaking and would always accompany his wife for long-distance running events she competed in.
He volunteered for hospice and Special Olympics and was a Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce volunteer ambassador. Clark was also a 2001 Leadership Saratoga graduate, had been a Northumberland town justice and spent six years on the Brookside Museum board in Ballston Spa.
Professionally and personally, Clark was greatly concerned about the well-being of America's veterans, especially those in the army's First Infantry Division _ the legendary "Big Red 1" _ that he served with in Vietnam. Clark's first tour was from 1969-70, flying a Huey helicopter, sometimes quite low to the ground making him vulnerable to enemy fire.
"Our mission was to find trouble and engage," he said in a 2008 interview.
In 1972, after coming home and learning how to fly airplanes, he went back to Vietnam for another full year's duty. Later, he spent four years flying some of the most sophisticated aircraft ever built, such as the OV-1 Mohawk, whose side-looking radar kept track of Soviet tank movements near the border of East Germany.
This brought regular encounters with Soviet MiG fighters.
Clark spent the last four years of his service flying VIPs to all parts of the globe, from ambassadors to four-star generals.
During his military service he was awarded 48 air medals, including one with a "V" for valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars and a Legion of Merit.
Afterward, he flew briefly for Pan American Airlines and then worked for Johnson Controls as an aviation safety manager in the Marshall Islands, where rocket scientists were doing Star Wars missile shield research. However, he and Laura began yearning for a move back to upstate New York and a travel piece they read about Saratoga Springs was all the encouragement they needed.
Clark was extremely proud of his family, his military service and today's young Americans who are following in his footsteps.
"Sometimes we take this country for granted," he once said. "Whether it's providing money for AIDS research in Africa or community service and charities here at home, it's just a marvelous, marvelous country with some of the best people on Earth."
From: http://www.saratogian.com/social-affairs/20140522/ jeff-clark-dba-president-decorated-vietnam-veteran -passes-away
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