Dale  Clark
BARTON - Devoted husband, father, and pappy Dale Mason Clark, 66, of Barton, woke up in the arms of Jesus on Feb. 14, 2020, after a brave, brief battle with stomach cancer.
Born Nov. 2, 1953, in Barton, Dale was the youngest of Thomas J. Clark Sr., and Verna E. (Lambert) Clark's eleven children.
After a persistent Coca-Cola and candy bar courtship, Dale married Brenda Lee (Mongold) Clark on Jan. 10, 1977; they were and forever will be the loves of each other's lives. He so loved and was proud of his sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas Dale, Daniel Craig (and wife, Sarah), and Brady Richard Clark (and wife, Matilda). Grandson Daniel Craig Jr., was his greatest joy. Pappy was so thrilled to meet him and so sad to leave him too soon.
Dale is also survived by siblings Victor Clark Sr., and wife, Donna, Edwin Clark and wife, Margaret, Grant "Paul" Clark, Darlene Crawford, Elaine Bailey; sisters-in-law, Janice and Brenda Clark; brother-in-law, Jan Heckman; his beloved father and mother-in-law, "Pappy" Jack and "Grandma" Zennia Mongold; brother-in-law, Tim Mongold and wife, Sue; sister-in-law, Linda Shreve and husband, Ken; very special little sister-in-law, "Tammy-J" Barrett and husband, Greg; and countless beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He had extra-special bonds with nephews, Vic Clark Jr., and Kevin Clark; brother-in-law, Bob Bailey; niece, Elizabeth Barrett; and neighbors, Carleton and Alleda Robertson.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Thomas "Tim" Clark Jr., Richard "Dick" Clark and wife, Norma, Marie Bond and husband, Bob, Amy Heckman, Ellsworth Clark; sister-in-law, Rita Clark; nephews, Richard, Barry, and Scott Clark; niece, Teresa Davidson; and extra-special nephew, Alan Clark. A reunion featuring food, fellowship, and drag-racing is almost certainly ensuing in heaven today.
Dale graduated from Valley High School in 1971 then worked for Moran Coal Company ('72-'75) and Westvaco Resources, Inc. ('75-'91), as dragline and Gradall operator. He next enjoyed working with many good men and women in a variety of departments at the Luke paper mill "setting standards high... an awesome example to follow, and was definitely someone easy to work with," from 1991 until eagerly retiring in February 2018. He thought the world of co-workers Pam Swick, Mike Goldizen, Trish Whetzel, and Gina Fertig.
In his words, Dale was happiest "buying junk (cars, motorcycles, go-karts), working on junk, driving junk; but had a hard time selling junk." He had an instinctive mechanical genius-he could fix anything, with or without the proper tools, and he always took the extra time and care to do things right.
Dale's true legacy lies in emulating Colossians 3:12-14: "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; / Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have any quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. / And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." Dale offered a helping hand and comfort to anyone and everyone-relative, friend, or stranger-only because it was the right thing to do, expecting nothing in return. In that, he witnessed for Christ and prayed that all will accept Jesus as their personal Savior.
Dale was a faithful member of Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church in Oakland and deeply respected Pastor Dennis Leatherman and wife, Kathy, as well as Dale's former pastors Clifford Dart, John Chick, Dallas Bunch, Randall Larry, and Otis Lancaster.
Dale and his family extend special thanks to CRNP Rebekah Haywood and the staff of Allegany Family Health for the exceptional care over the years; the GI and oncology teams (notably Drs. Carl Schmidt and Midhun Malla) and various nurses (especially Chloe) and assistants at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va, for their special care and candor; nephew, Vic Clark Jr., his wife, Deanna, everyone at Cobra Mining, and cousin and lifelong friend Jim Clark and wife, Cindy for generously helping Dan, Sarah, and Daniel Jr., to be by Pappy's side; as well as the many gracious donations of food and assistance from family and friends over the past several weeks. The outpouring of love and support is a poignant reflection of the way Dale treated others-and will forever be remembered.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 4-7 p.m. at the Boal Memorial Chapel in Barton.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 12 p.m. with Rev. Walt Lancaster officiating; interment to follow at Mt. View Cemetery, Moscow Mills.
Flowers are welcome; memorial contributions may be sent to the Mountain Lake Independent Baptist Church "Building Fund," 1005 Broadford Rd., Oakland, MD 21550.
Published on February 15, 2020

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Shirley Colmer
Feb 19, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Family of Dale Clark..God Bless You! May Time ease your pain!! Barton has lost another great Clark ,Way to young..😒 β™₯οΈπŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒΉπŸ‘πŸ˜‡πŸ˜’πŸ₯€πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Bill Clark
Feb 18, 2020
Sending our sympathies at this difficult time, from the Florida Clark cousin family. So many great memories spending my summers growing up in Barton with Dale being larger than life, and living it to the fullest. Our prayers are with you.
Michele (Haines) Bartley
Feb 18, 2020
Small Garden Dish was purchased for the family of Dale Clark by Michele (Haines) Bartley.Β  Send flowers
Ginny Bennett
Feb 16, 2020
Dear Brenda, sons and family,
It was with great sadness to hear Dale's body wasn't going to heal in order to continue sharing love, light and laughter with all of you and the many others who knew and cared so much for him. When I heard his spirit had returned home, my first thought was, "he did this human being thing really well." He truly was a good man, with one of the kindest smiles I've ever seen. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Linda Haines
Feb 16, 2020
I enjoyed talking to Dale about him once being a drag car racer. It reminded me of when my friends and brother would drive back in the 60s at Paterson or Peterson and Keystone, I think, Race tracks. And, of course, his son, Doug, our ex son in law. There were many Happy memories. God rest your soul, Dale and so sad for his family. Remember all the memories and he will always be with you having you laugh and cry but memories will get you through this. ❀
Jon Haines
Feb 16, 2020
My condolences to the whole family of Dale. I didn't know him real well but really liked him. We shared the same likes fixing cars,motorcycles,and drag racing.Dale you will be missed by many.