Donald D. Clark of Hope Valley, RI (formerly of Madison, CT) passed away peacefully on October 31, 2022, in his home with family.
Born in New Haven, CT on July 21, 1941, to the late Donald L. Clark and Ann (Haurlak) Clark, he grew up in the Mount Carmel area of Hamden and in Orange, where he graduated from Amity High School. During his youth, Don built boats with his father and learned to become a master craftsman from him. Throughout his life, he designed and created some amazing things in his spare time.
Majoring in Electrical Engineering, he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. At Norwich he was a member of the chorus and the Regimental band which is the oldest in the nation.
His career in engineering included U.S. Motors, Davis-Standard and others – leading to Eaton Corporation (Cutler Hammer), where he retired in 2003. During his tenure at Eaton Corporation, he enjoyed many great travels including trips to Germany, Spain, and Hawaii.
Don was active in community organizations such as the Madison Jaycees, played on a local softball league, and was passionate about coaching Little League and Farm League baseball. He enjoyed all things summer especially boating, and fourth of July fireworks.
Music played a big part in his life and brought him joy. He not only loved playing music, but enjoyed attending performances including choirs, school bands, orchestras, and symphonies.
Predeceased by his sister, Evelyn (Clark) VandeMark; Don leaves behind his loving son Donald Lane Clark (Colleen Brannin Clark), daughter Amanda Morgan Clark (Andrew Townsend), former wife Susan A. Clark, brother-in-law Edward VandeMark, and niece Karyn VandeMark. And-- he was a very proud and loving grandfather to Ethan Lane Clark.
All who knew and loved him will surely cherish a multitude of memories and laughter.
A life celebration will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to Norwich University, reference the Wallace Scholarship Fund for Deserving Junior and Senior Engineering Students, and mail to:Norwich University, Attn: Chrissie Dumas, Office of Development, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
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