Craig Lynn Clark, 73, was born on September 26, 1950, to his parents Irene and Darrell Clark in Ogden, Utah. He passed away peacefully in his home and with his family in North Ogden, UT on January 6, 2024, after a hard and brave battle with liver cancer. He graduated from Ogden High School in 1968 and proudly served in the United States Air Force. Following his service in the Air Force, he worked as an aircraft mechanic at Hill Air Force Base until he retired from civil service in 2013.
After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time in the garden in his backyard, staying close with his mother and father with whom he spoke with daily and adored, talking with his brother, Scott, being with his wife, Kathleen, going camping and 4-wheeling with his son, Shane, going skiing with his son, Justin, and attending all of his concerts, spending time with his grandson, Kolbi, and talking to and being with his friends. He absolutely cherished and adored his two rescue pups, Maia and Bella.
In September of 1969, he was married to Kathleen Younger (71) in Ogden, Utah and they have been married for 54 years. They went on to have three children together, April (50), Justin (42), and Shane (40). He took great pride in his family and raised his children all in the Ogden area. He had a close and loving relationship with his younger brother, Scott (67). Craig and Scott often took their families on many camping trips together and lived around the corner from each other for many years, which allowed them and their families to be closer. He also took great pride in being a veteran and being able to proudly serve and defend the United States of America. He often spoke fondly of his time in the service, the people he met, the friends he made, and being stationed in Alaska at the same base where his father was stationed when he had served prior, Galena Air Force Station.
Craig was an avid music fan (He loved the Beatles!) and could often be seen with a guitar in his hand or be heard singing and it was a routine conversation with him to turn his music down. He loved to rock! He loved road trips, camping, being in nature, and being up on the slopes at Snowbasin! He loved pointing out pretty flowers and cool rocks. His favorite place to visit was Yellowstone National Park. He thoroughly enjoyed taking his family to Yellowstone any chance that he could. It meant a lot to him that he was able to give his family so many memories in such a beautiful place. Many fond memories of camping and trips are enjoyed to this day as a result of his desire to make his family happy.
His bright smile and infectious laugh had a way of filling the room and immediately making you know that you mattered to him. You knew he loved you in the way that he interacted with you, even when he could be rough around the edges. With his natural charm and charismatic presence, all he wanted to do was have fun with you, be your friend, and make you laugh. He had a great sense of humor and demonstrated this frequently through his favorite past-time activity, which was teasing his wife, Kathy. People were drawn to him, and he always engaged with friends, family or strangers in full confidence; they would get along with him (even if they didn’t get along with him lol). His faith was important to him, and he happily shared it with others, full-heartedly knowing it would help them.
Craig was always there to lend a helping hand. No matter where you were or what was going on in his life, if you needed help, he was going to be there. He could literally fix anything and would gladly help you do so at the drop of a hat. His love for his family and friends showed up in that he will always be there for you, regardless of what may be going on between you. No questions asked. And full support. He enjoyed helping others and made sure to instill compassion and being kind to others into his children’s lives.
His family and friends will remember him by his laugh, warm hugs, corny jokes, his helping hand, his voice when he sang, how hard he worked, being “Mr. Fix It”, wanting us to be happy, loving us unconditionally, and just always being……..there.
Dad, your loving presence will be deeply missed for the rest of our lives. We miss you and will always love you, unconditionally. See ya later, alligator.
Craig is survived in death by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen; his daughter, April ( Jacob); two sons, Shane and Justin; has seven grandchildren, Curtis, Brady, Chase, Dylan, Paige, Hannah, and Kolbi, and one great-grandchild, Ace; his mother, Irene; his brother, Scott; and Craig had revered and loving relationships with his former daughter-in-law, Ani (Justin); and son’s girlfriend, Chauntell (Shane). He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Clyde Clark (1927-2021).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2 to 4 p.m.at the Community Center at Lindquist’s Office Building, 3434 Washington Blvd.