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Standard Journal, 03/23/06
Alan C. Clark, 77, of Rexburg, died March 21, 2006, at his home of cancer. He was born
July 15 1928 in Georgetown, ID, the son of Walter E. and Violet Christensen Clark. His
mother died when he was 2; his father married Lelia Willet Clark, and she assumed the role
of being his mother for the rest of her life.
Alan worked on the family farm before and during his college training. He earned a
bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and a master’s of education and doctorate
degrees from the University of Utah.
He married Janet Ruppe Clark March 16 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. He chose to be an
educator and taught at the sixth grade, junior high school, high school, college, and
university levels. In 1964, he was hired by Ricks College as a mathematics professor. Four
years later, he was named to be the first Director of Institutional Research at the
college. He retired in 1994. He served as a member of the Madison County Community 4-H
Council, as president of the Rexburg Kiwanis Club, and as president of the Upper Snake
River Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.
Alan was well-known for the bow ties he made and wore, pitching softball, and for his
competitive running when he was younger.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young
man he served a mission to Nova Scotia, Canada. After his retirement, he and his wife
served two missions to England. Church callings he held include bishop, ward and stake
clerks, executive secretary to a regional representative, Scoutmaster and teacher. He and
his wife served for 18 years as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Alan is survived by his wife, Janet of Rexburg; and children, Brenda (Tom) Sederberg of
Orem, Utah, Doug (Michelle Thacheray) Clark of San Antonio, LeAnne (Ron) Bunn of
Nicholasville, Ky., Marie (Brad) Ritchie of Idaho Falls, Gordon (Lisa George) Clark of
Mansfield, Ohio and Curtis (Karla Henderson) Clark of Idaho Falls; 27 grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren; siblings, Wayne (Colleen) Clark of Provo, Utah, Glenn (Cynthia
Facer) Clark of London, England, Owen (Barbara Shaw) Clark of Seattle, WA, Nolan Clark of
Claremont, CA, Gladys (Jim) Farmer serving a mission in London, England, and Virgil
(Shauna Skinner) Clark of Gilbert, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his three parents, a sisterin-law, and a granddaughter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Rexburg East Stake Center
by Bishop John Ivers. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Flamm
Funeral Home in Rexburg and from 1-1:45 p.m. prior to services. Burial will be in the
Rexburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Snow Society at BYU-I are