OBITUARY

Clark Aaron McConnell

September 17, 1976December 30, 2018
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Clark Aaron McConnell, a longtime resident of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away on December 30, 2018. He was diagnosed with leukemia on October 7, 2018 and went through multiple treatments that were unsuccessful in controlling the disease.

Clark was born on September 17, 1976 in Callaway, Nebraska to Bruce and Madellan “Kay” McConnell. He attended Arnold Public Schools and participated in football, basketball and track throughout his high school years. After high school, Clark went to the University of Nebraska – Kearney where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Construction Management. Upon graduation from college in 1999, Clark moved to Denver, Colorado to pursue his career in Construction Management with his high school sweetheart, Mindy Lynn Strasburg. Clark and Mindy were united in marriage on August 7, 1999. They were blessed with two children, Tristen Dawn and Reed Aaron.

He loved spending time with his family and was involved in coaching both of his kids in sports at some point in their life. He loved his kids’ friends and teammates like his own. He was an amazing husband, father, son, friend and role model. Clark was also a successful businessman, starting Alpine Construction in 2011 — framing and siding homes for many of Denver’s largest homebuilders. Clark loved cars (and car shows), guns and Nebraska Cornhusker football.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gordon and Bonnie McConnell and George and Velma Morrison; Aunt, Patty Jones; Niece, Juliet Strasburg.

Clark is survived by his wife, Mindy McConnell; daughter, Tristen; son, Reed; parents, Bruce and Kay McConnell; sisters, Lori McConnell and Patti (Andy) Schwarz; sister-in-law, Candi (Tyler) Lewis; brother-in-law, Justin (Jailyn) Strasburg; Nieces and Nephews, Blake, Bailey and Bryn Schwarz, Courtney Becker, Breckyn and Creighton Lewis, Piper and Parker Strasburg; mother-in-law, Penny (Bob) Allen; father-in-law, Kevin (Ann) Strasburg; numerous, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and dear friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, at the Ridgeline Church in Castle Rock. A pizza and Pepsi reception will immediately follow the service.

In honor of Clark, donations for his children's college education can be made to: paypal.me/McConnellFamily

  • FAMILY

  • Mindy McConnell, Wife
  • Tristen McConnell, Daughter
  • Reed McConnell, Son
  • Bruce McConnell, Father
  • Kay McConnell, Mother
  • Penny (Bob) Allen, Mother-in-law
  • Kevin (Ann) Strasburg, Father-in-law
  • Lori McConnell, Sister
  • Courtney McConnell, Niece
  • Patti (Andy) Schwarz, Sister
  • Blake Shwarz, Nephew
  • Bailey Schwarz, Niece
  • Bryn Schwarz, Niece
  • Justin (Jailyn) Strasburg, Brother-in-law
  • Piper Strasburg, Niece
  • Parker Strasburg, Nephew
  • Candi (Tyler) Lewis, Sister-in-law
  • Breckyn Lewis, Niece
  • Creighton Lewis, Nephew
  • Gordon McConnell, Grandfather
  • Bonnie McConnell, Grandmother
  • George Morrison, Grandfather
  • Velma Morrison, Grandmother
  • Juliet Strasburg, Niece
  • Patty Jones, Aunt

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Clark Aaron McConnell

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Chris Miller

January 14, 2019

Mindy and Family -

I don't know what to say but I wish I could give you a great big hug. I just heard about Clark passing and my heart sank and my condolences go out to you and your family.

Jim, Carrye, Carson, Mia and Drake Schwarz

January 7, 2019

Mindy, Tristen, Reed and family, Our prayers are with you now and always.

Colorado Lennar Homes

January 7, 2019

With Deepest Sympathy

CLIFF AND CINDY LIPKE

January 5, 2019

Clark will surely be missed by all that knew him.He always greeted you with a smile.His enthusiasm was infectious.Clark,Mindy and the kids made you feel like you were part of the family.You will never meet a better family man or a better friend.Cindy and I will never forget you my friend.
REST IN PEACE CLARK

Misti Crow

January 4, 2019

Mindy
I cannot fathom your loss right now. Your marriage to Clark was the first wedding Brandon and I ever attended as a couple. Your love for each other was a testimony of what a strong marriage should look like. I pray that you are comforted by family and friends for your entire life as I know that is how long your heart will ache for him. Please know he was an amazing man that my husband looked up to and I admired from the day we met. Sending hugs from Bennington.
Love
Misti

Dani Johnson

January 4, 2019

I knew Clark since he was 3 years old. He survived teasing by two older sisters and their friends. When we were in high school and he was grade school, we renamed him 'Clank'. He always took it all with a smile and teased as much as we teased him. I have watched him grow into that man that he was and was honored to call him friend. My heart is with the whole family who was my second home growing up and I consider them siblings to this day. We will miss you Clank and will cheer extra loud this year for our beloved Huskers.

Ali Goodenow

January 4, 2019

Mindy and family,
Clark was someone who was never afraid to speak what was on his mind. I looked up to Clark in many different ways. Everytime we saw each other we gave each other a hard time for something, but he always had the biggest heart. No matter what we were joking about he ALWAYS ended the conversation by asking me how I was, how I REALLY was. He always treated me like an older brother would and I appreciated his talks and advise more than anything. I remember just a year ago we were sitting in the exchange catching up. Kenny and I had mentioned how we were possibly interested in moving to Colorado. At the time we thought it was an amazing idea and we were very gungho on it. He then proceeded to ask us some of the hardest questions about life and where we were in it and different plans about the actual move. He made us realize that moving to Colorado and actually being successful took a lot more than just packing our bags and moving. He made us think about life and the different struggles and realities of it. When we left the conversation my respect and appreciation grew for him in so many different ways. Needless to say, we are still in Nebraska thanks to our talk haha. But he also offered Kenny a job if that's what we really felt we needed to do and promised to help us as much as he could. He truly was one of a kind and will be so dearly missed. Mindy, your family on both sides are in our prayers. We love you all and will continue to pray. The kids are very lucky to have such a strong and amazing mother like you. Clark picked you to spend the rest of his life with, to raise his children with and to share his life together for a reason. I know everyone including himself would say that was the best decision he ever made. I can't imagine what you all are dgoing through but please know I admire your strength and admiration. You. Are. Amazing!

Love, Ali and Kenny Goodenow

John and Mary Beshaler Family

January 2, 2019

Mindy and Family,
Growing up in such a small, close community makes it easy to create memories. Clark was a few years older than our oldest, but we recall his respectfulness, kindness, and his smile. We enjoyed witnessing his involvement in his school and his community.
May the gift of time and the support of family and friends help you through your grief.
Our thoughts and prayers go with you,
John & Mary Beshaler

Amy Trinidad

January 2, 2019

Mindy,
Clark will forever be known as a great husband, father and friend. I have so many memories of us all in high school and college. One that stands out is when I first moved to Denver. You and Clark were there for me when I didn’t know many people and served as a great reminder of home.
Love to you and your family,
Amy

Clark Grant

January 2, 2019

Did not know Clark for that long but the time I did he was a good and honest person. Sorry to see you go my friend. Hope your pain is over.,