LONG BEACH — Paul Clarke, 88, died Jan. 3, 2016, at his Long Beach residence surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 8, 1927, in New Brunswick NJ to Edith and J.H. Clark.
Paul’s college experience was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in Japan and earned many medals. When his service was fulfilled, he completed college at Purdue University and earned a degree in Horticulture.
He ran a successful rhododendron nursery (Clarke’s Nursery) for many years and his legacy lives on in many yards and gardens around the country.
He was involved in his community and Pacific County by serving many boards, committees and projects. He served on Pacific County’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee for 10 years. He was on the school board for Ocean Beach School District, fire commissioner for Fire District #1, and served as deacon, elder and treasurer for Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church and worked with different service organizations.
Paul was well loved by his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jackie Clarke, of Long Beach, Washington; his sons, Mark Clarke, of Long Beach and Steve (and Karen) Clarke of Seaview; his daughter, Sandi (and Eli) Kendrick of Vancouver, Washington; his sister, Jeanne Kelly of Milwaukie, Oregon; loving nieces and nephews, sister and brothers-in-law, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His mother and father preceded him in death.
Contributions may be made to Harbor Home Health and Hospice in Paul’s honor in care of Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.
His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.