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Donald Clark

August 15, 1939 - January 21, 2015


2-4:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

9:30-10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

4:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

10:30 A.M. on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Donald Clark

August 15, 1939 - January 21, 2015


Donald Leroy Clark, 75, of Woodworth, ND passed away Wednesday, January 21st.

Don was born on August 15th, 1939 in the back of the Post Office in Woodworth, ND. He was the son of William and Loretta Clark. He graduated from Woodworth High School in 1957. He went on to attend North Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1961.

He started working for the North Dakota Highway Department in 1961 and joined Mid America Steel in 1964 as a Project Estimator.

On July 25th 1964, he married Judith Lauber and they had three children, Rayessa, Byron, and Melissa.

The family moved to Bismarck ND in 1978 when Mid America Steel opened their fabrication facility where Don served as Manager. They moved back to Fargo in July of 1983 when Don became the Sales Manager for Mid America Steel. He became President of Mid America Steel in 1993 and Chairman of the Board in 2002.

He was elected to the North Dakota House in 2004 where he served as a Representative from District 44 in North Fargo until 2012. While in the Legislature he served on the Industry, Business and Labor Committee, as well as the Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Board of the North Dakota Credit Union Association, the Board of Directors for the Association of General Contractors of North Dakota, the Central Fabricators Association in Chicago and was a member of the FM Engineers Club.

He actively participated in the Boy Scouts of America and was a longtime member of the Fargo Optimists Club. He was also a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. As an active outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family. He had a strong belief in the values of education, hard work, and free enterprise. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a genuine friend, a tower of strength, and one who was loved and respected by many.

He is preceded in death by his parents William and Loretta. He is survived by his wife Judith Clark, his children, Rayessa (James) Baer, Buffalo MN, Byron (Sarah) Clark, Rochester MN, and Melissa (DJ) Lura Salisbury NC, and nine grandchildren.  He is also survived by his siblings Darryl (Nancy) Clark, Dennis (LaVonne) Clark and Joan (Mark) Gehlhar and many nieces and nephews. 


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22 responses to “Donald Clark”

  1. Glenn & Christi Wengerd says:

    winesburg ohioWe are so sorry to hear of the passing if Don. Glenn really enjoyed spending time with him last summer and was looking forward to seeing him this September for the Winesburg Reunion. You are in our prayers.;

  2. Jerry & Louise Lingen says:

    Chandler ArizonaMy thoughts and prayers are with the family. Don was one of the first people I met as a freshman at ND

    SU. We lived in the same dorm….old Dakota Hall. Enjoyed knowing him.;

  3. Glenn & Christi Wengerd says:

    winesburg ohioWe are so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. Glenn really enjoyed spending time with him this past summer and was looking forward to seeing him at the Winesburg Reunion this fall. May God comfort you in your loss.;

  4. Daryl Koenig says:

    Fargo ND

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I would run into Don occasionally in Fargo. We would talk briefly and be on our way. Always a pleasure visiting with him. ;

  5. Jack Hastings says:

    Oh We were all very sorry to hear of DonтАЩs passing. This summer we had the good fortune to visit with Don, Darryl, Dennis and Joan when they attended our family reunion at their grandmotherтАЩs childhood home in Winesburg Oh. Don had taken it upon himself to arrange for this visit. It was great to be able to become reacquainted and renew the old family ties. He will be greatly missed.;

  6. Sean Fryer says:

    Gonna miss Uncle Don. Didn’t get to see him often, but always enjoyed the times I did. He always quizzed me on different country’s independence days, so it was kind of an ongoing thing. Can’t wait to see him again one day;

  7. Perry and Lori Bernhardt says:

    Salisbury, NCMelissa,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please know that you and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Perry and Lori;

  8. Roger Branning says:

    Bismarck North DaktoaDon was like a brother we both got our start at Woodworth and ND

    SU. While he was working for Mid America Steel and I with the Corps of Engineers. I worked with him of the settlement of claims on the Safe Guard System Montana. Mid America was providing embeds. He actually stayed at our home in Great Falls.
    I provide him data for bidding the iron for the New Military Hospital at Minot AFB.
    He was always professional and knew the scope work.
    I am proud to have known Don Cark a true professional who knew how to work with all.;

  9. Bruce & Marjorie Mertz says:

    Bismarck North DakotaNew Don while I work for MAS in Bismarck.Will miss him as he was a honest man to all.;

  10. Harlan and Diane Hall says:

    Apache Junction AZDear Judi & family

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We enjoyed getting together with you when we lived in Fargo in the 70’s. He will be missed by many. May the Peace of our Lord and Savior be with you during the time of loss. ;

  11. Dawne Darnell says:

    Coconut Creek FLMy heart breaks for Judi, Rayessa, Byron, and Missie. Don was such a special man. I remember when Jeff and I were dating, one of the first things we did is go to MidAmerica Steel to meet his Uncle Don! Don and Judi always made me feel so welcome in their home, it was always an important stop on the way to Bismarck from Florida. I have so many awesome memories. You will always be my family and I love you all so much. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time. I love you all and I pray that Jesus comes back soon so we can be reunited with those that are in His presence now.
    Love, Dawne;

  12. Duane DeKrey says:

    Bismarck ND

    Jan and I are so sorry for your loss Don was a great legislator and a better friend.

  13. John and Carolyn Canup says:

    Pfafftown NCDear Melissa, Pastor DJ, Addy, Reese and Dylan,

    We were so sorry to learn of your father’s death. Such a loving dedicated man will surely be missd by his family and community.

    Know that we are thinking of you and offering you our support during this difficult time. May God grant you comfort and peace.

    Our love and sympathy,
    John and Carolyn;

  14. Max & Tammie Agner says:

    Rockwell North CarolinaPastor DJ, Melissa, Addy, Reese, and Dylan,

    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. From reading his obituary, it sounds like he was quite a guy. You will all be in our prayers.

    Max & Tammie;

  15. Bob and Andrea Haase says:

    Benson MND

    ear Judi and family,
    Through many years, friendship with you and Don has meant so much to Bob and
    me. We are deeply saddened that Don has left this life. May the Lord give peace and comfort as only He can do.
    With love and prayers,
    Andrea, for Bob too ;

  16. Johnny & Ashley Lombard says:

    Rockwell North CarolinaPastor DJ, Melissa, Addy, Reece and Dylan,

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss and our prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

    Johnny, Ashley, Chloe and Rebecca Lombard ;

  17. Alan Champion says:

    Salisbury NCMelissa,

    I am very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Sounds like he was a great father, person, and accomplished professional. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    With sympathy,

    Alan Champion;

  18. Helen Gordon says:

    Salisbury North CarolinaPastor DJ, Melissa, Addy, Reese, Dylan and the Clark Family,

    I am so sincerely sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    God’s Blessings,

  19. Joyce and Coy Wilhelm says:

    Salisbury N. C.Dear Melissa and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God Bless You,
    Joyce and Coy;


    CHINA GROVE North CarolinaVery sorry to learn of the death of your father, please know our thoughts and prayers, and sincerest sympathy are with the family in your time of grief.

    Travel safe, and get home without incident.;

  21. Ila Yeske says:

    Pelican Rapids MNRayessa
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Rejoice in his memory and let the lord guide you through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.;

  22. Flo & John Bjorke says:

    Bismarck ND

    Judi and family,
    It was very sorrowful to hear of Don’s death. We would be with you in Fargo but we are just too far away.

    Don was a very good friend and we will surely miss him.
    John and Flo;

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