Clark Reid Powell returned home to his Heavenly Father on July 17, 2012 at the age of 78. He was born on Feb. 21, 1934 in a mining camp just outside Price to James Wilford and Evelyn Powell. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Clark attended Carbon High School where he excelled in various sports, participated in Boy's State, and served as the president of the LDS Seminary. Clark also attended Carbon College and was later named to the Carbon County Hall of Fame for football.
He served his country as a United States Marine during the Korean War from 1954 to 1957, was the recipient of his platoon's Honor Man Award, and played basketball on the Marine Corps team. One of the things he was most proud of in his life was his association with the U.S. Marines. Semper Fi, dad!
In 1960 Clark married Barbara Stubbins. They made their home in Southern California where they welcomed one son and two daughters; they later divorced.
Clark made his living mainly in the California real estate industry, at one time serving as the director of acquisitions for Carlsberg Financial Corporation. In the mid-to-late 1970's Clark and actor John Wayne worked as partners in the mining and real estate industries, a highlight of Clark's career.
Clark was a naturally gifted leader with a tremendous work ethic. He will be remembered by his family members, friends and business associates as a tireless worker, an enthusiastic and demanding athletic coach, an eternal optimist, and a person who deeply believed in the capabilities of those around him. A man who developed visionary business projects, discouragement was not part of Clark's vocabulary and he refused to let others around him become disconsolate when things became difficult. In an effort to lift others he would often put his arm around those who were feeling down and would say, "Listen, when it's too tough for everybody else, it's just right for us!" Clark was passionate about his work, sports, the arts, the outdoors, and he was the world's greatest cheerleader to his family and friends. He loved watching young people - especially his family members - excel in their careers, the arts and athletics.
He is survived by his son Gregory (Ann), a daughter Melissa (Curt), and a daughter Gillian, a brother Doug (Donna), a sister Merlene, and eleven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents James Wilford and Evelyn Irene King, a brother James and a sister Carolyn.
Clark's family would like to express deep appreciation to Dr. Bruce Hendrix, Dr. Nupur Aggarwal, Dr. Scott Brown, Dr. Chad Anderson, Clark's personal assistant Sherice Wilkerson, personal nurse Mitch Loomis, physical therapist Tyler Brinkerhoff, and the caring staff members at Emerald Pointe Assisted Living, Kolob Regional Care and Rehabilitation of Cedar City, Ethan Bunker and his associates at Alliance Home Health, and Iron County Home Health.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 23 at 12 p.m. in the Cedarview Chapel (1925 W. 320 S.) in Cedar City, Utah. Visitations will be held on Sunday, July 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 W., Cedar City) and again on Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Online condolences can be made at www.sumortuary.com.
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