James William Clark

James William Clark of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away March 3, 2024, at the age of 90. He was born on May 23, 1933, in Lansing, Michigan, to William John and Eva (Britten) Clark. Mr. Clark was a graduate of the Culver Military Academy and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University where he was a member of Phi Upsilon Fraternity. Mr. Clark retired from Community First Bank as Senior Vice President and Board Secretary-Treasurer.

Mr. Clark was an active citizen, serving as President and Treasurer of the Lansing Area Safety Council Board of Directors and on the Boards of Directors of Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Adrian College Board of Associates, the Coaches for Kids organization and the Michigan Parades Executive Committee as Board Chairman. Mr. Clark was a longtime member of the Ralph Young Fund and the Spartan Fund.

Mr. Clark was a member of East Lansing Lodge #480 F & A M Council #29, Capital Chapter No. 9 R.A.M., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Past Commander and Life Member of Lansing Commandery No. 25 Knights Templar, and Elf Khurafeh Temple Shrine. He was also serving on the Grand Commandery Board of Trustees. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 24 of the Boy Scouts of America, a Life Member of both the MSU Alumni Association and the Sparrow Women’s Hospital Association as well as a member of The University Club and the Lansing City Club. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry and as an usher for many years.

Mr. Clark was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Frederick Patterson Clark I; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Eichler Dewar. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Joan (Eichler) Clark; his sons, Frederick Patterson Clark II (Jean) and James William Clark Jr. (Angela); his grandchildren, Andrew James Clark, Sarah Elizabeth Clark Hornblower (Luke), Britten Margaret Clark Vandekerckhove (David), and Rachel Lynn Clark; and his great-grandson, Clark Roosevelt Hornblower. He is also survived by his nephews, David M. Dewar (Jan), Daniel M. Dewar (Jennifer), Donald M. Dewar (Sheri), and Murray M. Dewar III (Rebecca); niece, Hollis Dewar Senour (Warren); and grand nephews and nieces and great-grand nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday, March 9, 2024; visitation at 10:00 a.m., funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in the Merrifield Room.  Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Lansing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 West Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933-1309. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Lisa Baker
March 5, 2024 at 9:50 am

I am so very sorry to hear of this. Jim and Barb were dear friends of my parents, Maurice and Marian Baker, and I have such delightful memories. My great sympathy to Mrs. Clark for this sad loss.

Dan Dewar
March 5, 2024 at 2:03 pm

Uncle Jim was someone to emulate. A gentleman and mentor. I always smiled when I saw him! He shared what he had! I will miss him!
He taught me how to whistle with an acorn top. I startled several people in the last two years with that high pitched sound!
Dan Dewar

Ron Van
March 5, 2024 at 5:52 pm

David tells me that your grandfather was a sweet man. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure you two were close.
Jack & Ron

Janice Mace Sollenberger
March 6, 2024 at 7:24 am

Barbara, sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. Know you have the support of family, friends and many wonderful memories to support you as you move forward.
I met Jim through you and Sparrow WBM; a delightful gentleman.
Jan Mace Sollenberger

Anna Sponenburgh
March 6, 2024 at 8:53 am

I am a friend and colleague of Jay Clark at Ford Motor Company. My condolences to the Clark Family. Our Bible study group is lifting you up in prayer.

SuzAnne deRussy Pacala
March 6, 2024 at 9:45 am

Prayers to this beautiful family. The perfect example of a life well loved and lived.

Cindy Wycoff
March 7, 2024 at 11:53 am

We met Jim when he served on the Sparrow Board of Directors with John. He has always been the consumate gentleman.

We always enjoyed seeing Jim and Barb and keeping up with their family.

Our most sincere condolences to Barb and your family, he will be missed by all who knew him.

Dr. John and Cindy Wycoff

Tom, Dave, and Rob Clark and Linda Anderson (Clark)
March 8, 2024 at 5:38 pm

Barb and family-
We send our deepest condolences to you all. Jim was one of the most kind, cheerful, generous and high character men our family has ever known. Jim was also a man of great integrity. Our Mom and Dad (Bob & Anne Clark) valued their wonderful friendship with you. In addition to sharing the same last name, our families had much in common. Being avid Spartan fans, Barb and our mom (Anne) both being first grade teachers and we will never forget the loyal business partnership Jim had with our dad (Bob Clark) at Capital Savings and Loan. Linda recalls how wonderful Barb was as her first-grade teacher and Rob and Lori remember sitting behind you at Spartan football games sharing treats upon each Spartan score. We will continue to carry on with these great memories. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tom, Dave, Rob Clark and Linda Anderson (Clark)

Terry Sweet
March 12, 2024 at 11:55 pm

I was so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. He was such a nice man. I had the privilege of working with Jim at Capitol Savings. He was always so cheerful. Everyone liked Jim. I pray that God gives you comfort at this difficult time.


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