Gary Clark, 66, of Mount Vernon, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at home. A graveside service with military honors will take place at a later date. Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Mount Vernon, is caring for Gary and his family. Survivors include his siblings, Myrt (William) Bowers, Richard, Keith, Doug (Theresa), Marcia (Danny) Kimm, Steve (Mary), Donna (Gary) Ulch, Kenny (Jody), Donita VanHamme, Merle (Sheryl), and Denise (Warren) Havill; many nieces and nephews; and longtime friend, Bill Niederhauser. Gary Loren Clark was born Nov. 8, 1954, in Cedar Rapids, to Jacob and Marcella (Brannaman) Clark. Gary lived an exciting and adventurous life full of fun and amazing experiences. He traveled and roamed all over the world, including to New Zealand to perfect his deep-sea diving skills, rode horseback from Washington to Alaska to guide whitewater rafters, and work on fishing boats, and was stationed in Germany during his service in the Army. Gary enjoyed reading especially history watching documentaries, any trivia (particularly Jeopardy), and was known to partake in Risk parties in costume. He cherished his time growing up in rural Mount Vernon with a large family there are so many stories to share, including damming a creek to swim with his brothers, sisters and other local kids, which unfortunately was kabashed because the downstream cattle apparently needed water to drink. Fond memories of sledding all day and night and always having fun with his family will be cherished by Garys family. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Dennis; and sister, Debra. Memorials may be directed to Southeast Linn Community Center. Please share your support and memories with Garys family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbater.com under obituaries.

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