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Denzel "Denny" Clay Clark Jr., 68, of Mount Clare, passed away Tuesday (April 5, 2016) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Clarksburg on Nov. 18, 1947, a son of the late Denzel Clay Clark Sr. and Lillian Ada Haslebacher Clark.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Laraine S. Lushinski Clark, whom he married July 17, 1971, and who resides at their home in Mount Clare. Also surviving are one son, Clay Christopher Clark and wife Sherri of Clarksburg; one daughter, April Marie Santee and husband Vernon of Grant Town; four grandchildren, Cassidy and Cameron Clark and Hunter and Holden Santee; four step-grandchildren, David, Danny, Cody and Cassius Santee; three sisters, Elnora Ganoe of Clarksburg, Sandra Hoffman of Brigantine, New Jersey, and Donna Fournier and husband Mike of Martinsburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers-in-law, Tony Ganoe, Stanley Grooms, John Lushinski Jr. and Tom Gawthrop; and his mother and father-in-law, John and Sophie Lushinski.
He was a 1965 graduate of Washington Irving High School and attended electronics school for two years in Baltimore, Maryland. He then volunteered in the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam where he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He graduated from Fairmont State with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He retired after 31 years as a self-employed tax consultant in Mannington and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Stonewood.
Denny enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his family and traveling with his wife. He loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren and following their sporting events.
Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison St., Nutter Fort. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 9254 Cost Avenue, Stonewood, with Pastor Richard Settles presiding. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton, where full military honors will be accorded.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at www.amoscarvelli.com.
Published on April 7, 2016
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