May 10, 1928
June 16, 2020
James Robert Clark, fondly known as Jim, 92, of Lopez Island, Washington, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. He was a resident of Lopez Island for 32 years. Jim was born on May 10, 1928, in Los Angeles, the son of Robert and Ruby (Hayes) Clark.
He graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, with the Class of 1946. He acquired his Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and electronic engineering at the University of California in Berkeley and went on to serve his country as a Veteran of Foreign Wars. Jim enlisted in Officer Candidate School with the United States Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the Korean War.
As a civilian Jim’s career was in Electronic Engineering and was highly sought after by Litton, Western Digital Corp, and Pertec Computer Corp for his expertise in electronic design. The highlight of his career was with Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, working on their Gemini and Apollo projects.
Jim excelled at anything he did. He was an excellent skier, cyclist, runner and sailor. During his retirement years, he took up boating and enjoyed exploring the San Juans and beyond, he skippered his boat to destinations north into Canada.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his children (spouses) Richard Joseph (Elsa), Jeffrey Robert (Michelle) Clark and Catherine Ellen (Steven Navarro); grandchildren (spouses) Cassandra (Reed), Corina (Justin), Charlotte Ruby, Carly, and Elliana; great-grandchildren James, Jane and Joey; his brother Tony (Patty) Clark; his niece and nephew Diana and Jon.
A graveside service for Jim will be held at noon, Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Lopez Union Cemetery.
To share memories of Jim, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com.