Raymond Clark, a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Oct. 1. He was 72 years old.
Ray was born May 18, 1941 to Frank and Evelyn Clark in Kemmerer. He lived in Kemmerer throughout his childhood and graduated from Kemmerer High School in 1959. He went to Westminster College, earning a degree in education. He began his teaching and coaching career in Paramount, Calif., Soda Springs, Idaho, and LaBarge and retired as the high school counselor in Big Piney.
Ray married Judy Stewart, though they later divorced. Together they had one daughter, Kerri Rae, born Jan. 4, 1964.
After teaching for many years, Ray decided to go back to school to earn a degree in counseling. He became a well known counselor in Wyoming. In 1993, he was recognized by the Wyoming Counseling Association and was honored as “Counselor of the Year.” He helped so many students and always went the extra mile to help each and every student who attended Big Piney High School obtain a scholarship. He has left a great impression within the community where he lived for 43 years. He enjoyed most of his life with family and friends in Big Piney, which he called “home.”
During his lifetime, Ray was involved in and a member of Cowboy Joe Club, University of Wyoming alumni, the Masonic Lodge, Eagle Scouts and a member of the Methodist church. He loved playing pinnacle and cribbage with all the seniors at the senior center. He was a true Big Piney Puncher fan, which included coaching and refereeing. He was an avid Wyoming Cowboys fan, always wearing his brown and gold when attending sporting events.
Ray is survived by daughter Kerri (Jeff) Blair, grandchildren Adelyn and Tenzin Blair, sisters Lois (Spencer) Nichols and Dianne (Joe) Fagnant, nephews Will (Amber) Nichols, Nick (Lora) Nichols and Jeff (Jenny) Fagnant, niece Stacey (Jerry) Peterson, great nephews Jackson, Rhett, Austin, Julian and Cade and great nieces Mellisa, Dally, Taylor and Kloe.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Bank of the West for an annual scholarship in Ray’s name.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude for all the kindness and support it has
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