Gary Michael Clark, "9er"

June 21, 1949April 1, 2014
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He was born in St. Ignatius Montana on June 21, 1949 to Wanda and Francis Decker. He later moved to Spokane, WA, and lived here since the early 50’s. He married the love of his life, Katherine Brewer-Jolstead on June 5, 1971. Gary touched the lives of everyone he met, and was loved by everyone who knew him. His circle of friends and “adopted” kids is never ending. Gary was an avid baseball player for over 30 years. He claimed the #9 from his softball jersey and became lovingly known as “9er”. In his last 5 years playing, he was on the same team with his sons, and played the position as their pitcher. He worked at ADM (Centennial Mills) for 42 years, recently retiring in 2012. He was looking forward to his Golden Years and finally getting the opportunity to enjoy spending time with his family. Gary was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Vietnam War. He was deployed on the USS Markab, touring the Philippines, Japan, Hilo, HI, and eventually stationed in Oakland, CA. Gary and his brother, Ron, both recently shared the honor of being recognized on the Flathead Tribal Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Pablo, MT. Gary loved singing, especially the “oldies but goodies”. He had the ability to capture the crowd with his awesome vocal talent and later recorded his own CD, Melody Memories. He also loved collecting belt buckles, owning over 50 in his prize collection. God has gained an Angel in Heaven, and we will all miss him dearly! We also know that he’s already looking for his golf clubs! Rest in Peace 9er!


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gary Michael Clark, "9er"

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Timothy Sebers

April 15, 2014

Kathy I just heard this minute. I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words to express how this makes my heart ache for all who knew him.

Jerry Bart

April 10, 2014

I met Gary when I attended East Valley High school. Five minutes after I met him I knew I wanted to be his friend. He was a great guy who could make laugh like no one else I have known. I had not seen Gary in many years, but my heart broke when I heard of his passing. The world has lost a truly wonderful soul. See you again someday Gary.

Jean Moffatt

April 9, 2014

Kathy, I am so sorry that I can't be there in person, but my heart goes out to you and your family. I am thinking of you today and wish I could help. Please know that I love you and loved Gary. You are a great family. My condolences and thoughts are with you. Most sincerely, Jean Moffatt

Mikel Strand

April 8, 2014

My heart goes out to all the Clark clan. RIP 9er

April 7, 2014

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery extends our deepest sympathies to the family of Gary M. Clark for your loss. We honor him for the service and sacrifice he has made for our nation, he is a true hero.

Ken & Diane Ramey

April 7, 2014

Our hearts are broken for all of you who are left behind Mike. We will be praying earnestly for all of you but especially you Cricket. May you be surrounded with the Lord's Peace and comfort.

Kelley Goodman

April 7, 2014

Terry and I are so going to miss your sweet smile and tender heart. Rest in peace sweet brother, we love you, Cricket and the family.

April 6, 2014

Condolences from the Wilbur Fam Grayce, Tom, Jim and Midge. You are in our prayers.

Rodger Grass

April 6, 2014

Kathy and Family, we are deeply saddened to hear of Gary's passing.He was an individual of great quality and a true friend. I had the pleasure of working with Gary for twelve years at Centennial and playing softball with him for two years. May you find peace and comfort through family, friends, and the fond memories you have of Gary. Rodger and Carol Grass

Sam & Bev Waldron

April 6, 2014

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. There's a special place in Heaven for good guys like him.