Juneau resident John Anthony Clark died Feb. 3, 2008, in Juneau after a brief illness. He was 74.
Born June 13, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., he lived in Petersburg and worked for the Petersburg power plant as the chief operating engineer. He also was an active member of Petersburg Moose No. 1092, with a dual membership in Juneau Moose No. 700. He received the Moose's highest degree of Pilgrim in 1992, in recognition of his many years of service and hard work for the organization.
Family members said he was a faithful lifelong Roman Catholic and a member of St. Catherine of Sienna church, in Petersburg, for many years. He was a doting grandpa who loved spoiling his grandchildren any time he was given the chance, they said.
He was a loyal friend, always willing to lend a helping hand when needed, his family said. Many dogs in Petersburg recognized the "power guy reading meters" as the bringer of doggie treats. He seldom was without a pocketful for his buddies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Olive Clark; brothers, David and Bruce Clark; sister, Pat Warsitz; wife, Virginia Clark; sons, Steven and Dennis Clark; and grandson, Jeremiah Nashonak-Wheaton.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Aldridge, of Buffalo; son, Raymond J. Clark, of Buffalo; daughters, Sandra Johnston, Patricia Wheaton and Elizabeth Seslar; sons, John M. Clark and Mark Clark, all of Juneau; son, Christopher Clark, of Eugene, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held Feb. 5 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau, and a Moose Lodge memorial service was held Feb. 6. He will be interred in Petersburg in April with a reception to follow.