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Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR

OBITUARY

Terrence "Terry" Joseph Stark

March 30, 1952January 25, 2020
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Terrence Joseph Stark, age 67, of Ocean Park, Washington passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Terry was born March 30, 1952 in Staten Island, New York to Raymond and Margaret Stark. He was the second oldest of four children. Terry attended Curtis High School and went on to attend a small preparatory school. Terry was an avid football player and played for the school’s incredibly small team; which instilled in him an attitude of “tape me up coach, I’m going back in!” Terry’s skills and go-get-‘em attitude granted him a football scholarship to King’s Point Academy. Upon graduation Terry became an Officer and Gentleman in the United States Merchant Marines.

Terry’s love for the ocean is something he carried with him for his entire life. He was hired by Chevron as an entry-level worker and over the years worked his way up to Captain. As a Master Captain he could navigate any ocean with any tonnage. He even acquired his Bar Piloting License and was able to navigate the most difficult of waters. He retired from Chevron after over thirty years of service. Terry made his home by the ocean and when he wasn’t working you could find him enjoying tuna fishing, bird watching, or simply taking in the sights. In his free time he loved driving motorcycles and fast cars; especially his Mustang. Terry was proficient at whistling and could carry a tune like no other! He enjoyed music and played various instruments including the banjo, guitar, and harmonica. He took part in Rendezvous Encampments and went by the name Tent Diver. He loved to travel, especially to Ireland. Like any good Pacific Northwesterner, Terry was a passionate Seahawks fan!

“Be a good human” was Terry’s favorite departing phrase. He was a generous man with a big heart. He was passionate about volunteering and taking care of others. Somehow, not only was he incredibly giving but also quite frugal! One year Terry took on the important role of Santa Claus for the Salvation Army. Instead of ringing the bell, he brought his dog and played the harmonica. It’s safe to say, he brought in more donations than the other Santas. Terry had just completed eight years of service on the HOA board of Safari Association of Ilwaco. He was an outstanding president and worked incredibly hard to ensure a better community for all of the residents.

Terry leaves behind a legacy of kindness. He was an incredibly loving father, husband, brother, and friend. His memory will forever be carried in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Terry is survived by his spouse Linda Nackerud Stark; daughters Amanda Stark and Kendra Stark; step-son Jonah Cross; brothers William Stark and Dennis Stark; and sister Mary Stark Naylor.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Terry’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

In honor of Terry, remember to go carefully.

A memorial service for Terry will be held Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM at The Lost Roo, 1700 Pacific Ave S, Long Beach, WA 98631.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.skylinememorialgardens.com for the Stark family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Monday, February 10, 2020

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Terrence "Terry" Joseph Stark

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Gerrie Penny

February 8, 2020

I first met Terry soon after he met his wife Linda. I am friends with both Linda and Debbie, the mother of Terry's daughters Amanda and Kendra. I last saw him at Amanda's wedding where he beamed with pride. I am saddened by the loss of a fine man and beloved father to his daughters and husband to Linda. Any death leaves a hole in the hearts of those left behind. Only loving memories can help fill that void. May the family have many of those to help in their healing. My sympathy to you all.

Jeff Allen

January 29, 2020

Terry and his brother Billy were classmates and football teammates at Curtis High School on Staten Island with me'68 and my wife Janet'69. We haven't seen Terry since high school but hearing this sad news brings back great memories of Terry and Bill when we beat New Dorp High School in the Thanksgiving Day game in 1967 which was Staten Island's Super Bowl game in those days. Our thoughts and prayers to Terry's family.
Jeff and Janet(Ehrich) Allen

Elizabeth Vomero

January 28, 2020

Last year after my brother in law Clifford Hoyt’s passing I spoke of how good he’d been to me when I was young and now another wonderful man who’d also been equally as good at that time is gone. It was so nice to see Terry again last year even if it was under sad circumstances.
I was so proud to be his date at his graduation from Kings Point. After I went to stay at my brothers for three months in Arizona he came by to see me as he was driving across the country. That was 45 years ago , but I can remember it like it was yesterday because that’s the kind of impression he left. A true rare gentleman that was so kind and expected nothing in return for his kindness.

My deepest sympathy to all his family and friends. Some people always stay in our hearts.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Vomero

Ps. My favorite quote
“ Although my ship sails from your sight,
it doesn’t mean my journey ends,
it only means the river bends “.

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