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Stanley "Zeke" Austin Clark
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Modesto for Stanley "Zeke" Austin Clark, 82, of Modesto. He died May 16, 2011.

Eaton Memorial Chapel was in charge of internment at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Born Jan. 12, 1929 in Tulare to George Clark and Mryl Dillon Clark, Zeke married Faye Criswell in Visalia 1952. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany. While in Germany he invented a military vehicle tire changing system that is still in use. Mr. Clark was a welder for Western Milk Transport in Tulare from 1956 to 1971 when transferred to Modesto. In 1971 he welded for WestMark in Ceres until retiring in 1999. His work is seen in the welded memorial to Cricket the horse alongside Highway 108 near Lover's Leap. In 1990 Zeke married Shirley Crovo and gained a step-son in Greg Crovo who was his friend and caregiver. He was an avid sportsman and craftsman and invented items. Mr. Clark was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a long time member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Modesto Moose Lodge.

He leaves behind his daughters, Tawnya Meyer of Columbia, Shayne Huffman of Eugene, Ore., and Marla Swope of Malad, Idaho; and two sisters, Elizabeth Murphy of Oakhurst, and Audrey Lloyd of Salt Lake City, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Grant Clark, Donald Clark and Diehl Clark, daughter Kimberly Weathers, and grandsons Jason Beaver and J.W. Lasswell.

-Ceres Courier/ May 25, 2011