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Chris T. Clark

August 14, 2020 | 15 comments

Chris T. Clark (1955–2020) passed away suddenly 9 August 2020 in La Crosse, WI.  He was the son of Theron and Lois Clark (both passed away).  Chris grew up in the San Francisco area (father was Solano County Airport Director) and graduated from Fairfield CA HS (1973) and Solano College CA. His parents retired to La Crosse and Chris and brother Barry eventually followed. Chris was a positive, welcoming person who lived a full life available to the smart and witty. He had many lifelong friends.  He had a heart of gold.

He was a self-employed contractor. He loved carpentry, was a true craftsman, worked on many historic homes, and could build anything (wood, stone, brick, etc).

Chris was a lifelong music aficionado and liked telling of the famous Bay Area venues/musicians he attended (Fillmore West, Winterland, Pepperland, Warfield Theatre, Oakland Coliseum, Marin Veterans Auditorium, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Mabuhay Gardens, Candlestick Park, Concord Pavillion,…) He enjoyed what music the midwest provided also.

Chris enjoyed driving his cars (restored 1972 MGB, Nissan 370Z), motorcycles (Kawasaki 900Z, 1000Z) and jet skis. Weekend car shows, back road touring, Road America. He and brother Lane’s  month-long motorcycle trip (La Crosse – Colorado – San Francisco – Yosemite – Death Valley – CA/NV 6 – Tonopah – Hoover Dam – Albuquerque – La Crosse) .

Brothers Lane Clark and Barry Clark (and his daughters Kelly, Rachel, Samantha) survive. “Chris was our beloved little brother”. The brothers thank Chris’ special friend Jessie Stanek for her love and support.

A time of gathering for friends and family will be held from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.  If you wish, donate to the charity of your choice.

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15 Comments

  1. Beth Harnish

    My sympathies to Chris’s family. My memories of Chris are primarily from grade school at Summit Elementary where he almost always had a witty remark and a smile! That smile is what made him recognizable upon his return to LaCrosse as an adult and will live in my memory whenever I hear his name. So sorry for your loss.

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  2. Steve Duff

    We’ll miss Chris tremendously. Our condolences to his family and all of his friends.

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    • Tom Fuchs

      Layne and Barry, my sincere sympathy.
      Chris was always one of the really good guys to enjoy time with.

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  3. Sandra Schulz

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Chris always thought he was a great guy. RIP

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    • Tim Helming

      Our condolences go out to all of Chris’s family and friends. He was very great, talented person always there to help or give ya smile. He will be very much missed!!!

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  4. BILL TIMM

    SO SAD.
    MY BEST FRIEND WILL BE MISSED. !
    CHRIS WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.
    MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND HIS MANY FRIENDS. !!!!!

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  5. Joe Bott

    Chris was a person that if you talked to him once, you would look forward to seeing and talking to him again soon. One of the nicest and most easing going people you could ever meet. My condolences to his family & best friends.

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    • Samantha Clark

      My uncle Chris was a wonderful guy with a huge heart! He left us to soon, but I know we have gained an angel. He loved having us as his nieces dearly, and we have many fond memories with him growing up. We love you Uncle Chris. You will always be with us in our hearts.

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  6. Tim Helming

    Our condolences go out to all of Chris’s family and friends. He was very great, talented person always there to help or give ya smile. He will be very much missed!!!

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  7. Rachel Murphy

    My uncle Chris was always such a loving a guy, with a big heart. I have so many great memories with him growing up, at Christmas and birthdays especially. I loved watching my uncles and dad be goofy with each other when we were all together. My uncle Chris, was such a good guy. He will always have a special place in my heart.

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  8. Ed & Crys Moore, Josh Moore, Shawnda & Kelvin. AJ, James & CC Gerold

    Great friend, great neighbor. Can’t look out the front window or at our new fireplace without thinking about him. He has touched our family in so many ways. Home renovations, new roof… and so many many many more plans…motorcycle rides, Sunday Kaddy’s for breakfast, A&W on the nights he didn’t hit the deli at Festival or the Co-op. Solved a lot of problems and made a lot of plans over gallons of coffee. Finally taught him how to use the Keurig so he could make his own!

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  9. Cheryl Slezewski

    Such a wonderful guy and I have so many great memories of him. He always tried to put a smile on your face when you were with him. He will be missed for his kind heart and genuine sole. RIP Chris!

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  10. Steve Goldberg

    I have know Chris for 50+ years when we met in high school in California.

    His friendship was first class and he always made me feel welcome in his home and his life.

    I will miss your kindness and generosity.

    Rest in Peace

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  11. Andy Maravelas

    Chris is one of the nicest and funniest guys I have known. He was a skilled carpenter that was always willing to help a friend with a smile on his face and hilarious commentary on the fly.

    When I think of Chris, I think about the Clark Brothers. Lane, Barry and Chris. They were always tight and their love for each other was obvious even when they had an occasional “brotherly moment”.

    Condolences to Barry, Lane and to everyone else that had the pleasure and privilege to know Chris.

    I can’t help but remember Chris’ Ducky Builders motto,
    “If We can’t fix it ____________” (you may know the rest).

    Rest in Peace Chris.

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  12. Don Bussert

    WOW, just found out. I lived with Chris and his parents for a couple of months during our sophomore year at Fairfield. We were good friends. Theron and Louis were great to me. I have very fond memories of my friend. Rest now my friend.

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