Donald Briggs Clark Sr., 88, passed away peacefully Monday, May 23, 2022 at his home in Vergennes, surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 25, 1933 in Addison the son of Archie and Catherine (Briggs) Clark. He married his wife Theresa Russell on November 7, 1953 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.
Donald was a member of Vergennes Fire Department and Addison County Fire Fighters Association which he served as a trainer and a past president. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 14 in Vergennes, served in the United States Airforce during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged. He served on the Vergennes/Panton Water District Board, and was member of Fraternal order of Eagles. Donald was a charter member of Vermont Tractor Pullers Association, sled and scale operator for many years at Addison County Fair & Field Days. He was the superintendent of Prospect Cemetery for 40 years. Donald operated Clark Nursing Home for 50 years with his wife Theresa and dispatched through the nursing home for VARS and VFD for 30 years.
His hobbies were camping, fishing, playing softball in his younger years, attending tractor pulls, working in his shop and enjoying his coffee by the pellet stove.
Donald is survived by his wife Theresa of 68 years; his children Donna Desjardin (Dave) of Vergennes, and sons Tim (Sue) Clark of Vergennes, and Donald Clark, Jr. of Addison: his grandchildren, Heather Desjardin, Heidi Stearns (Dan), Katherine Desjardin, Elizabeth Clark (Bruce), Grady Clark (Taylor),and Allie Clark,; his great grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Garrett, Caleb, Jace, Ava, Addie, Anderson, Zakery, Aiden, and Thomas; his great great grandchild Kinsley; his sisters Mary Jerome (Donald), Nancy Vaughn (Bob), brothers Howard Clark, Alan (Jean) Clark; numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents, a son Thomas, son-in-law Walter (Pudgie) Desjardin, and two sisters Barbara Cardany and Kay Jimmo.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 31st from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vergennes Fire Station, 50 North Green St., Vergennes, VT. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1st at Brown-McClay Funeral Home, 48 South Maple St., Vergennes, VT. Interment will be at Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Steven’s Hose Company, PO Box 224, Vergennes, VT 05491. To send online condolences to his family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com