WEST HAVEN‒LaRee Redford Clark, 90, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on September 30, 1933, in Duchesne, UT, the daughter of James William Redford Sr. and Marie Helen Larsen.
On January 6, 1951, LaRee married Don in Duchesne. Their marriage was solemnized on June 22, 1974, in the LDS Temple. Don was the love of her life, and they had six children together. LaRee was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Our mother now joins our father in peace and happiness, which she so rightfully deserves. LaRee spent her time on this Earth taking care of others. In addition to raising her own children, she helped raise her siblings due to her mother's struggle with extended illness. Her siblings considered her a second mother. She cared for many people, including her mother through her illness and old age, as well as her husband throughout his life. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in various callings, in Primary, Relief Society, and Sunday School. After her diagnosis with dementia, it was her turn to be taken care of. We, as her children, would like to thank our sister, Sandy, for taking care of our mother in the home she loved and cherished the most.
LaRee was the calm, the person with whom you could lay your head and place your worries at her loving feet. Her arms held you, and her eyes comforted you. Her love was always deep, providing a place where everyone could feel loved and understood. She was the person you called or turned to when everything felt heavy, and just being in her presence eased the burden. The peace and calm she provided for her family are now hers, back in her beloved Don's arms. Those of us left behind will miss her dearly, but we know she is near, and her mind is renewed to the woman we all knew.
She loved fishing and hunting alongside her husband. Most summers were spent in the mountains camping. If she wasn't cleaning or cooking, she was crocheting, creating many beautiful pieces with her hands. Her apple pie, homemade bread, and pumpkin bread are legendary. She loved her routine and enjoyed the many tasks of taking care of a family—a homemaker extraordinaire! LaRee was no stranger to hard physical labor, digging wells while pregnant, gardening, and preparing deer and elk meat. Contrary to her toughness, she was mostly full of gentleness and tenderness. Her heart swelled and grew with every new addition to her family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were treasures to her. Family was what she valued above all.
Surviving are her six children, Thomas Abe (Deborah) Clark, Shelley LaRee (Alan) Payne, William Von (Cindy) Clark, Sandra Lee Clark, Shauna Lyne (Bryan) Crowell, and Susan Leslie (Jason) Tams; 21 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her four sisters, Ina Marcus, Julie (Grant) Young, Sharol (Calvin) Pack, and Linda Noland.
Preceded in death by her husband, Don Abe Clark; parents, James William Redford Sr. and Marie Helen Larsen; grandsons, Sheldon Thomas Clark and William Von Clark Jr.; daughter-in-law, Catherine Venable Clark; brothers, Eugene Ross Keene, James William Redford Jr., and Neil Larsen Redford Sr.; and sisters, Ruth Dee Dalpez, Florence Koster, and Helen Johnson.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12, 2024, at 11 a.m. at the Wilson 5th Ward, 2333 South 2700 West, West Haven. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
The family thanks Dr. Firth, her CNA Jessica, and hospice nurse Annette with Applegate Hospice and all of the other staff.