November 17, 1925 – June 21, 2020
Dariel Clark, 94, of Grand Junction, passed away on June 21, 2020 at Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Center. Dariel, and his twin brother, Don, were born on November 17, 1925, to Harry and Ruby (Nichols) Clark. He spent his childhood in Collbran, and graduated high school there. He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17. During WWII, Dariel was a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber that flew missions over Germany. After the war, Dariel married Betty Lorimor on February 13, 1945. They were married 70 years until her passing in March of 2016. Dariel attended Mesa College in Grand Junction, Denver University, and UNC in Greeley, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education. Dariel began his career in education as a teacher in Collbran. In 1960, he continued his career as the superintendent of DeBeque schools. He later became the superintendent of schools in Arriba and Holyoke. He returned to the Western Slope to become the superintendent of the Rifle School District until he retired at the age of 62. In 1987, Dariel and Betty moved to Grand Junction, where they lived for the rest of their lives. In his free time, Dariel enjoyed fishing, traveling, and photography. Dariel is survived by his sons, Jim Clark, and Ted (Jacque) Clark, both of Palisade; daughters, Cathie Clark of Grand Junction, and Janet (Larry) Barth of New Castle; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers; and two sisters. Donations may be made in Dariel’s memory to HopeWest Hospice 3090 N. 12th Street, Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81506 or www.hopewestco.org.
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June 29, 2020
To: The Dariel Clark Family,
From: Bruce Kemp, Arriba High School Class 1967
Mr. Clark was a wonderful Supt. at the Arriba Schools! Thankful I was supported by him in High School! Will always remember how he could hit a HOME RUN playing softball at the Diamond by the Grade School during Summer evening Games!
Enjoyed visiting Betty and Dariel at their Grand Junction home. I remember a few phone calls I made to him to Thank him for his Service in WWII.
Praying that All the Family is comforted at this time of loss of a very Dear Father and Grand/Great Grand Father!
Blessings to All the Family!
June 23, 2020
Dariel Clark and his twin brother Don were born on a small ranch in Molina, Colorado on November 17, 1925. They were the youngest of 7 children. When Dariel and Don were 17 and still in high school they joined the service to fight in WWll. Dariel was a tail gunner in the Air Force. He and his brothers went to college on the GI bill.
When Dariel returned from the war, he married Betty and they were married for 70 years. He and Betty raised 4 children.
Dariel was an excellent teacher and his first job was in a one-room school house. After teaching for several years he became a principal and later a superintendent.
Dariel loved animals and driving his motor home to Alaska where he fished for salmon on the Kenai River.
Family and neighbors have always been able to count on Dariel's generosity.