William Edward Clark


Oct. 8, 1927 – July 31, 2019

William Edward Clark, 91, passed away

peacefully on July 31. He was born on Oct. 8,

1927, to Robert and Francis (DeLoney) Clark

in Rock Springs. He was the youngest of three

children, having a brother Robert and a sister

Willa, growing up in Pinedale.

After graduating high school, he attended

the University of Wyoming, September 1944

to February 1947, and he enlisted into the

U.S. Navy, July 1945 to June 11, 1954. He

earned the rank of Lt. Aviator at the time he

was discharged. While in the Navy, he traveled

worldwide. He flew planes on and off aircraft

carriers. He was a photo reconnaissance pilot

in the Korean War, receiving several medals,

including an Air medal with one gold star.

He completed several college and post-grad

courses during his time in the Navy. After his

discharge he attended San Diego State University,

graduating in 1956 with a degree in electronic engineering.

On Sept. 21, 1955, he joined Convair in San Diego as a field service engineer to work on and

to train field service personnel on the F-102 and F-106 Flight Control Systems. He transferred

to Convair in Fort Worth, Texas, April 1950 to October 1961, to work in the Field Operations

on the F-102 and B-58 Flight Control Systems as a senior aerosystems engineer. He moved

to Pinedale, October 1961 to May 1965, to operate his parent’s clothing store. He returned to

General Dynamics, Fort Worth, to work, May 1965 to May 1970, on F-111 Flight Control

Systems as a senior aerosystems engineer.

From May 1970 to October 1974, he lived in Pinedale, working for the city in the zoning

department. From October 1974 to Oct. 21, 1993, he worked for General Dynamics at Edwards

Air Force Base in Lancaster, Calif., working on the F-16 Flight Control Systems and was promoted

to DesGroup specialist.

Bill had an extensive and successful career with General Dynamics until he retired. He also

lived in Miles City, Mont., for a while, and then moved to Mesquite, Nev. where he resided

until moving to Columbus, Mont., to live with his son Wayne and daughter-in-law Julie Clark

in April 2017.

Bill was married to Lynn (Tolle) Clark from 1951 to 1965, having six children and all of

whom he helped deliver in their home. He married again for a short time in the 1970s. He resided

in Mesquite with Faye Seaman, having been together for longer than 18 years, until her

passing in November 2016.

Bill loved his dogs “Swifty and Rusty,” who brought him great joy and companionship.

Over the years, he loved buying new cars, especially red Mustangs, and sometimes even traded

them in after the first oil change. He especially loved his last car, a beautiful red Lincoln.

He enjoyed the last years of his life living in Columbus, Mont., on the 60-acre Clark Ranch

on the Yellowstone River. He loved seeing horses and goats every morning as well as wildlife

like deer, turkey and bald eagles to name a few coming through the pastures. He loved hearing

and seeing trains going by on the other side of the river. He enjoyed having his dogs with him

as well as the other four dogs and a cat already residing at the ranch. He especially loved sunny

days with blue skies.

Bill was preceded in death by his oldest son Mark and youngest son Duke. He leaves behind

his remaining children, Marna Lainoff, Eugene, Ore., Wayne (Julie) Clark, Columbus,

Mont., Diana French, Meeker, Colo., Gordon Clark, Encino, Calif., 19 grandchildren and 28

great-grandchildren.

“We love you “Dad” and will miss you!”

Celebration of Life

Sept. 7, 2019 at 11 a.m.

at Pinedale Cemetery in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Followed by a reception

at the Pinedale VFW, 1033 W. Pine St. at 12 p.m.

for family and close friends to share memories and stories.

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