Grover, Utah - Emmett A. Clark passed away at his home in Grover, Utah on October 12, 2013. He was born on March 30, 1930 in Bicknell, Utah to Calvin Alexander and Wilhelmina Marie Wolters Clark. He grew up in the beautiful Fish Creek area of Wayne county and was proud that he maintained the same mailing address for 83 years. He graduated from Wayne High School, Class of 1948. Emmett served in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in France from 1952-1954.
He married Trena “Veola” Wood on July 26, 1955 in the Manti Temple.
Emmett’s life was deeply connected to the land. He loved working on the family ranch, caring for his cattle, and keeping everything green. He also worked at Capitol Reef National Park where he maintained the historic orchards. He always grew a big garden and surrounded his home with beautiful flowers
Emmett was a faithful member of the LDS church where he served in bishoprics, on the High Council, and with the High Priest quorum. He also served the community for 12 years as a member of the Wayne County School Board.
After his first heart attack, he started carving, an activity that he called “whittling.” He became a master artist, known best for his carvings of cowboy boots. He defied the expectations of doctors over many years by overcoming serious health problems. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and endurance. He is a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who will be remembered for his genuine love, patience, and melodic strains of “happy birthday to you” sung over the phone on every grandchild’s birthday.
Emmett is survived by his wife Veola; his three children: Randal (Pam) Clark, Martin (Liz) Clark, and Sherry (Brad) Smith as well as 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and his brother Calvin Clark.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Henry and Bertha.
The family would like to thank Gunnison Hospice and the outpouring support from the neighbors and friends. Your kindness is deeply appreciated.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. in the Torrey LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Thursday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.
Burial with military honors accorded by the Harold Brown American Legion Post #92 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the Grover Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.