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Lowell R. Clark
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto, for Lowell R. Clark, 90, of Modesto. He died July 6, 2011 at his home.

Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A reception will follow at Del Rio Country Club, 801 Stewart Road, Modesto.

Born March 27, 1921 in El Centro to Tim and Margaret Clark, Lowell was raised in the Ceres area following the death of his father in 1923. He graduated from Ceres High School where he was student body president. Mr. Clark also graduated from Modesto Junior High School. He was a star athlete while in high school and college. Lowell earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1943. On Aug. 20, 1943 he graduated from Midshipman's School at Northwestern University under the Navy's V-7 program. During World War II he served as a navigator and sonar officers aboard the destroyer the USS Wren in the Pacific. He received a Congressional Medal for his role in fighting against kamikaze attacks at Okinawa. After his discharge Mr. Clark partnered with Arch Taylor to start Taylor & Clark Insurance. His son, Randy, joined him in 1970 until they merged with TSM Insurances & Financial Services in 1991. He retired in 2010.

Mr. Clark served on the 1966 Stanislaus County grand jury and also served on the Modesto Irrigation District board of directors for nine years and served as president from 1980 to 1981. He was named Young Man of the Year by the Modesto Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1954. and Man of the Year by the Ceres Legion Post 491 in 1969.

A longtime member of the Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Lowell was presented a Silver Beaver award in 1974 and was its Distinguished Citizen of 2010.

Mr. Clark served as past president of the Exchange Club, the Modesto Independent Insurance Agents Association, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Stanislaus County, the 50 Plus Club of Stanislaus County, and the local University of California Alumni Association. He was also past commander of the Ceres Legion Post 491 and Head Trader of Modesto Trade Club. Lowell was a board member of the Memorial Hospital Association for 21 years and was a trustee of the Greater Modesto Community Foundation/Stanislaus Community Foundation. Also was a charter of the Sportsman of Stanislaus Club and a member of the Modesto Elks Lodge #1282, the Old Fisherman's Club and the Del Rio Country Club.

Mr. Clark enjoyed golfing, fishing and watching Oakland A's baseball and Cal football.

He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Pat Thompson Clark of Modesto; his son, Randy Clark of Modesto; his sister, Margaret Hedgpeth; five grandchildren, Jeff Clark of San Francisco, Steve Clark of Mountain View, Jill Nevard of Oklahoma City, Okla., Kerry Harden of Burbank, Kris Clark of Calabasas; and two great-grandsons William and Jack Clark of Mountain View. He was preceded in death by son Kevin Clark, his parents and brother Wayne Clark.

Remembrances may be sent to Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1316 Celeste Drive, Modesto CA 95355; or to the Boy Scouts of America, 4021 Technology Drive, Modesto CA 95356; or to the American Legion Post #74, P.O. Box 3169, Modesto CA 95356; or to the Stanislaus Community Foundation, 1226 Eleventh Street, Modesto CA 95354.

-Ceres Courier/ July 20, 2011