Larry Grant Clark, 69, went Home to his Heavenly Father on February 7, 2019 after a courageous battle with Lewy-Body Dementia. His love for his family, especially his three sons, as well as his faith in God strengthened him in his struggle and brought him peace and comfort.
Larry was born to his parents, Ken and Marcie Clark, in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 20, 1949. He was raised in a Mormon home along with his ten siblings, of which he was the middle child. Upon graduating from high school, he left Montana to pursue a career in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he received many awards and accolades for his outstanding service, dedication, and hard work. He retired as Chief Master Sergeant after serving twenty-seven years. He went on to work as a substitute teacher in the Texas Public School System as well as work for USAA in their insurance department.
The most pivotal moment of Larry’s life was when a Navigator missionary introduced him to Jesus and told him about Jesus’ death and resurrection for his sins. He then placed his faith in Jesus Christ as His Savior and made it his life-long mission to tell others about Jesus, particularly those of the Mormon religion. He would even track down Mormon missionaries in his apartment complex to invite them to his home and tell them about the gospel of grace. He fiercely and proudly loved his children and would affectionately refer to them as “My Three Sons.” He rarely missed an event in which one of his sons were involved – whether it was baseball, soccer, basketball, fencing, or acting. His goal for them over anything else was for them to know Jesus as their personal Savior as he did.
Larry was kind and soft-spoken yet had a boldness for sharing the gospel. He was known as a “chocoholic,” as he loved anything chocolate, especially mint chocolate bars. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading – he especially enjoyed the Left Behind Series - watching any movie about the life of Christ, metal-detecting, coin collecting, and watching his favorite teams on tv: the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, and the New York Yankees. He is extremely missed by his family, but they take comfort in knowing he is enjoying being with his Savior, whom he shared with so many. Larry was preceded in death by his parents Ken and Marcie Clark, brothers Ken Clark Jr. (aka Danny), Wade Clark, Dennis Clark, nephew Mike Clark, and brother-in-law Roy Jackson. He is survived by his sisters Connie Jackson of Hyde Park, Utah, Linda Jean McCullum of Bountiful, Utah; Nancy (Jim) Gilbert of St. George, Utah, and Tammy (Dave) Wilson of Spirit Lake, Idaho; sister-in-law Jane Clark of Helena, Montana; brothers Terry Clark of Idaho Falls, Idaho, John (Arleen) Clark of Lima, Montana, and Rick (Peggy) Clark of Dillon, Montana; sons Richard Clark of San Diego, California, John (Carrie) Clark of Newnan, Georgia, and Colton Clark of Boerne, Texas; and grandchildren Abigail, Cody, Riley, Sadie, and Tobin Clark.
Larry will be buried at the Georgia National Cemetery at 3:00 pm on March 1. His memorial will be held at Grace Community Fellowship in Newnan, Georgia at 10 am on March 2. It will be a time to remember Larry and honor the man and father he was while also celebrating the fact that he is in Heaven where he is joyfully in the Lord’s presence. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to DM2 (Disciple Makers Multiplied), as this was a ministry near and dear to Larry’s heart. Checks can be designated as “Liberia field in Larry’s honor” and mailed to: DM2, PO Box 7758, Beaumont, TX. 77726-7758.