Wilburn Clyde “Will” Clark, age 74, of Hermiston, Oregon, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 25th, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Born November 23rd, 1945 in Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of the late Wilburn Blue Clark & Juanita Cova (Sutton) Clark, the youngest of 5 children.
Will served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War as a communications specialist. After he was honorably discharged, Will moved to Oregon where he met his beautiful wife Treva Janet (Sauers) Clark in Joseph, Oregon. Will and Treva were married September 2nd, 1967 in Hermiston, Oregon.
Will worked at Marlette (where he met his best friend Duane Berry) and while there his son Chuck was born December 10, 1968. His new family soon moved to Lebanon, OR where Will worked for Gold West and his daughter Sharmalee was born December 11th, 1970. Will moved his growing family to Pendleton, Oregon where he attended Blue Mountain community college and received an Associate’s Degree in Electronics. After graduating, Will worked for Wilcox Furniture and JC Penny’s before becoming self-employed at Hermiston Electronics with his longtime friend and business partner John Knudson.
In 1988, Will went to work at JM Manufacturing in McNary, Oregon which began a 25-year career in the plastic pipe industry. Will worked for both JM Manufacturing and North American Pipe to serve as Electro-Mechanic, Superintendent, Engineer, Director of Engineering, and Plant Manager at multiple locations around the country – McNary, OR - Wharton, TX – Springfield, KY – Houston, TX – Bonneville, MS. In 2004, Will returned to Hermiston and took a position as Plant Manager of JM Manufacturing in McNary, OR and worked there until his retirement in 2013
Will loved his job, helping people, and loved spending time with his family. In his spare time, Will enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and his many woodworking and landscaping projects. His Grandsons and their friends called him Big P and he always enjoyed time with his grandkids more than anything.
Will is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Treva Janet Clark along with their two children: Chuck Clark of Arcadia, California and Sharmie Fraser of Hermiston, Oregon. 11 grandchildren: Justin Clark of London, England, Will Clark III of Spring, Texas, Brittany Clark of Spring, Texas, Amy Clark of Oklahoma, Crystal Zielke of Stanfield, Oregon, Zachary Fraser of Bend, Oregon, Tanner Fraser of Madras, Oregon, Gunnar Fraser of Madras, Oregon, Abigail Clark of Laguna Hills, California, Annabella Clark of Laguna Hills, California, and Alexandria Clark of Laguna Hills, California. His best friend and dog, Zoey. Sister: Lola Ann Falkner of Floresville, Texas as well as brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law’s, nephews, nieces, cousins, and many lifelong friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Wilburn & Juanita. Brothers: Johnny Jim Sessom and Robert Wayne Sessom. Sister: Rosetta Marie Pridgeon. Sons: Wilburn Clyde Clark II and Troy James Clark.
A celebration of life gathering will be scheduled for next year in Hermiston, OR on the anniversary of Will’s passing.
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