William Blake Clark Jr.

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William Blake Clark Jr., 59
STANDISH - William ("Bill") Clark, beloved father of Zakaiah Helen and Osheana Ruth, and husband of Genevieve Hinkley Clark, died of a sudden heart attack, on May 10, 2017. His life was centered around his girls, enjoying time with them at the New Hampshire family camp, the Hinkley farm, skiing at Wildcat and Black Mountain, and summer vacations at Small Point on the Maine coast. He had a reverent love of nature and loved being in the outdoors.
Born April 12, 1958, Bill was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in 1976, where his father was a faculty member and coach; and the University of Maine, Orono, in 1981, with a major in forest management.
Although Bill became a lifelong registered professional forester, his desire for a career in forest management was not possible in a time of state and forest industry cutbacks. His background in surveying, engineering, and architecture led Bill to pursue a career in surveying and he was an active member of the Maine Society of Land Surveyors (MSLS).
He began working for the City of Portland as a surveyor, working his way up to senior project engineer during his 23-year tenure with the city. He was particularly proud of his part in the design, construction, and opening of Hadlock Field.
Bill loved the beauty of wood and wood grain, and spent many hours building a wooden kayak as well as designing and building the family home. He was a gentle and unpretentious man, with a drive for perfection and commitment which served him well in his career path. He was loved by children for his "Donald Duck" impression, known as "Beav" by family and friends, and had a special sense of humor that made you wonder how his mind worked. He had a strong interest in staying current with local and world events, and his family knew to not interrupt "Dad" during the evening news.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, William ("Bull") and Helen Clark. His father was his lifelong friend and served as his Best Man in 1982. He was also predeceased by a nephew, Philip Clark, of Exeter, N.H.
He is survived by his brothers, Peter, of Exeter, N.H.; David and his wife Judy, of Freedom, N.H.; his sister Ellen Peck and husband Chuck, of North Hampton, N.H.; a niece, Dawn Peck, of Exeter, N.H.; a nephew, C.J. Peck, of North Hampton, N.H.; a nephew, Charles Clark and wife Jenna and son Hayden, of Savannah, Ga.; and a cousin, Bill Hendry, and wife Lynn, of Niagra Falls, Canada. Bill is also survived by several in-laws: sisters-in-law and husbands Linda and Lewellyn Lyman, Marilyn and William Graham, and Ernestine ("Tina") and Dennis Dorey; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, June 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Cressey Road United Methodist Church, 81 Cressey Rd., Gorham. Arrangements are under the care of Dolby Funeral Chapels, Gorham. To view Bill's online tribute page and to sign his guest book, please visit: www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider supporting the New England Organ Bank financially at
http://neob.org/monetary-donations
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Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel
76 State Street
Gorham, ME 04038
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 18, 2017
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