Jeffrey D. Clark, 65: Air Force service led to lifelong journalism career

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BATH — Jeffrey D. Clark, 65, died Aug. 4 from complications of esophageal cancer.

Clark was born Feb. 8, 1950, in Belfast, the oldest of six children of Leroy H. “Pete” Clark, of Belfast, and Edith Mae “Di” (Davies) Clark, formerly of Liverpool, England.

Jeffrey graduated from Belfast Area High School in 1968, and attended the University of Maine at Orono for three years, studying English. In 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha, Nebraska. There, he also worked as a reporter and then editor for the Air Pulse, the weekly newspaper serving the Offutt community.

On June 21, 1975, Clark married Patricia Morris in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Four years later, the couple moved to Maine, where Clark continued his work as a journalist, first at the Waldoboro Weekly, then the Maine Times, and finally for Down East Magazine.

A daughter, Jocelyn “Josie,” was born in 1983, and another daughter, Erin, followed in 1986.

Clark is survived his wife, Patricia; his daughter, Jocelyn, of Bath; and his daughter, Erin, her husband, Steve Zaremba, and their expected daughter, Emma Lillie, of Salem, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his siblings: Kym Sanderson, her husband, Bill, of Belfast, and their son, Brian; Joyce Clark Sarnacki, of Hampden, and her daughters, Jillian and Aislinn; Kris Clark, his wife, Kathy, of Brewer, and their daughters, Allyson and Bekah; Keith Clark, his wife, Nancy, of Belfast, and their children, Adam, Megan and Sara; and Kerry Clark Jordan, her husband, Bruce, of Veazie, and their children, Eve and Eben. In addition, he is survived by an “honorary” sister, Carole Hall, of New Haven, Vermont, and her children, as well as two “honorary” daughters: Ashley Pesek, her husband, Nick, of Sedgwick, and her family; and Christina Pickett, her husband, Ed, and her children. Clark also leaves many longtime friends, including J. Andrew and Irene McMahan, of Sidney, and cousins in the United States and England.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Aug. 8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Bath, with interment following.

The family extends thanks to the doctors and nurses at New England Cancer Specialists in Brunswick, including Dr. David Benton and nurse practitioner Theresa Sirois, as well as Dr. Sean McCloy at Integrative Health Services of Maine in Portland.

Clark served for five years on the board of directors of Maine Rivers, an organization devoted to protecting the state’s rivers and streams. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to Maine Rivers at P.O. Box 782, Yarmouth, ME 04096. Donations also may be made to Brunswick Area Respite Care, 41 Greenwood Road, Brunswick, ME 04011 in memory of his late mother-in-law, Lillie.

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