Gary Lee Clark

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GARY LEE CLARK
February 12, 1942 ~ July 4, 2012

Gary passed away peacefully at home on July 4, 2012 at the age of 70 due to cancer. He was born February 12, 1942 in Wichita, KS, moving to Vancouver, WA in 1944.
Gary worked as a high school English, Speech, and Debate teacher at Franklin, Battle Ground, and Brush Prairie high schools for most of his adult life, with a brief sabbatical at the Vancouver Plywood Mill during the early 1970s.
Gary's passion was intellectual discussions and he participated in them at every opportunity, his amazing energy was visible to all who listened. As a coach, Gary led his high school debate teams to many tournaments and encouraged students to savor the experience and learn from both victories and defeats.
Gary was an active man with a love of sailing and zeal for life. Gary spent many leisure hours on the water beginning in his youthful years with the Sea Scouts and continuing with the many catamaran's and other sailboats he owned as an adult.
In his retirement, Gary developed a passion for organic gardening. During the last few years, his greenhouse and garden provided for a large percentage of his sustenance. While Gary enjoyed time in the garden for its own merit, he especially treasured time spent there with his partner Susan and their faithful canine, Sassy.
His father and mother, Dana and Carolyn Clark, predeceased Gary in death.
Gary is survived by his partner, Susan Barchek; brother; Craig Clark; daughters, Dawn Lindsay and Melanie Clark; grandsons, Cameron Lindsay and Griffin Lindsay; and step-daughter, Lynne Gibbons Gray.
Service to be held at Manor Grange in Battle Ground, WA, Sat., Aug. 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
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Published in The Columbian on July 15, 2012
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