Larry A. Clark


Larry A. Clark of Conneaut Lake, Pa and Raleigh, NC died on June 14, 2019, at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC. He was 80.

Larry was born in Clarks Mills, Pa. in 1938, to Archer L. Clark and Katherine M (nee Stroup) Clark. He married Donna (nee Pelc) Clark in 1964, in Greenville, Pa. She survives at Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh.

His first job was the Conneaut Lake Navigation Company, Conneaut Lake, Pa. where he worked during educational breaks as the boat Captain on the Outing and the Red Wing. Larry taught in the Port Allegany high school for two years before being awarded an NSF Scholarship to continue his graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Larry was a 1957 graduate of Conneaut Lake Area Schools; a 1963 graduate of Edinboro State College, Edinboro, Pa., and a 1967 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Larry also attended various colleges and universities, and several summer academic programs in science sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

After completion of their graduate work, Larry and Donna accepted teaching positions with the Department of Defense Dependent School Systems (DoDDS). During their 30 plus years overseas, they taught in Newfoundland, Canada; Wiesbaden, Germany; Rota, Spain; and Yokosuka, Japan, teaching math, chemistry, general science and computer science. He enjoyed working with his students by coaching wrestling, and advising the yearbook and the computer club. He was actively affiliated with the school's union, the Overseas Educational Association, serving several times as Union Representative as well as various administrative positions during his career. Larry retired in 1999.

While his son was growing up, Larry actively served as the Scout Master for BSA Troop 280, based in Rota Spain, where his scouts completed trips across Europe including Summer Camp in Madrid, and events in Majorca, Spain, England, Morocco and Portugal.

He was a member of the High Street Community Church, Conneaut Lake, Pa. During his retirement, some of his most enjoyable times were working with the members of his church, helping to build the new church and working on his home on Columbia Avenue in Greenville, where he renovated and maintained the century-old historic home. In 2007 he began to spend winters in Lexington, NC to be nearer to his children and grandchildren, whom he dearly loved.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son, Matthew Clark and his wife, Angela, of Raleigh; a daughter, Katherine Van Sickle, and her husband R. Matthew Van Sickle and twin grandchildren Owen and Ella of Cary, NC. He has three siblings, Rida May Smith and her husband Jack of Jamestown, Pa; JoAnn Maurice, of Warren, Pa.; and Kim Lyle Clark of Peoria, Az.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Bud Maurice; and a nephew, Rich Smith.

Per Larry's wishes his body was donated to the Brain Trust at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida to further research into Parkinson's disease. A memorial service was held at Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh. A memorial service in Conneaut Lake will be held in August, with details to be published in this newspaper later.

Larry asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the High Street Community Church at 9517 US Hwy 322, Conneaut Lake, Pa. 16316 or the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's research at
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2 posts

Wendy stroup Marano
Jun 24, 2019
I’m so sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. Our families were very close and I have such fond memories of good times . Holding you all up in prayer
Maureen Shea
Jun 20, 2019
So very sorry for your loss...