Donald Lee Clark

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Donald Lee Clark was my father. He was born in Long Beach, California on May 12, 1930. He served for three years in the United States Marine Corps starting in 1947. The bulk of his working life was spent at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, a company for which he worked, with a few brief interruptions due to layoffs, and a name change (to McDonnell-Douglas), for the rest of his life. He was married twice, with two children from his first marriage. He passed away on October 17, 1976.

Individual Facts

Vital Statistics

  • Name: Donald Lee Clark
  • Sex: Male
  • Father: Canby A. Clark
  • Mother: Irene Whitney
  • Birth: May 12, 1930 in Long Beach, California
  • Death: October 17, 1976 in Los Alamitos, Orange, California

Marriage 1

  • Spouse: Barbara Raabe
  • Marriage: October 7, 1950 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona

Marriage 2

  • Spouse: Florence Elliott
  • Marriage: July 3, 1960 in Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California

Biography

Donald L. Clark was my father. He was born Donald Lee Clark in Long Beach, California on May 12, 1930, Mother's Day, and was his parents' only child. He grew up in Southern California, and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1947, serving three years. After his Honorable Discharge from the Marines, he worked at a number of jobs until obtaining work at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, California, a company for whom he worked, with a couple of brief interruptions due to layoffs, for the rest of his life.

He married Barbara J. Raabe, daughter of Martin E. Raabe and Minnie Stoltzman on October 5, 1950, in Yuma, Arizona. Two children resulted, my brother and I. She passed away on October 23, 1958.

Donald subsequently remarried, on July 3, 1960, to Florence Elliott (nee Snyder), a widow with two grown children, and a coworker at Douglas Aircraft. There were no children from this marriage, but Florence became the beloved stepmother to Donald's two young sons. Donald moved into the house in Garden Grove that Florence had bought the year before, and they lived there, with short interruptions due to employment, for the rest of their lives.

In 1967 the family moved for three and a half years to the Toronto, Ontario, Canada area, due to Donald's work assignment. After the successful completion of this assignment, they again moved for work purposes, this time to England. Donald and Florence enjoyed this nearly three-year assignment greatly, and traveled extensively in the British Isles, visiting and kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, among other things, and collecting a large amount of memorabilia, much of it antiques of various kinds. Their most significant antique was a 1930 Rolls-Royce, which Donald made a hobby of restoring. The Rolls was likewise shipped home to California at the end of their tour in 1972. The Rolls was eventually sold to an oil tycoon living in Oklahoma.

Donald passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 1976, leaving Florence a widow once more.