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Jerry H. Clark
A private graveside service was held for Jerry H. Clark, 71, of Ceres. He died Dec. 5, 2009 in Turlock.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Clark residence.

Born March 1, 1938 in Modesto, Jerry was a lifelong resident of the Ceres and Westport area. He graduated from Ceres High School and then became a fisherman in Alaska and saw it become a state in 1959. After he welded in San Jose as an occupation, Mr. Clark returned to farming. In rural Ceres he grew grapes, almonds and ground crops as he ran a commercial mechanical grape harvesting business. For a number of years, Mr. Clark served on the Stanislaus Farm Supply board. Jerry enjoyed coaching his son's Westport Youth Baseball team. His passion was restoring and collecting antique tractors and gas engines. As a member of the WHEAT engine club, Jerry showed his "put-put" engines at the Stanislaus County Fair for many years as well as the California State Fair, Ceres Street Faire, Stockton Ag Expo and the Tulare Ag Show.

He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Alma Clark of Ceres; his daughter, Kathy Clark; two brothers, Daryl E. Clark and Allen F. Clark; and two grandchildren, Alexandra Overbey and Keegan Overbay He was preceded in death by son David J. Clark, parents Jay H. Clark and Harriette Bell Clark and brother David Clark.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beaurgeard Street, Alexandria VA 22311; or to a favorite charity.

-Ceres Courier /December 16, 2009