Funeral services were Monday at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett for Donald Dean “Dee” Clark, 85, of Hulett, followed by burial at New Haven Cemetery.
Mr. Clark died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, of complications due to Parkinson’s disease at Crook County Memorial Nursing Home in Sundance.
He was born Dec. 8, 1926, to Lewis Henry Clark and Louise Ethel (Atkinson) Clark at the family homestead on TL Creek, a tributary of the Little Missouri River, north of New Haven.
His formative years were with older brother, Walter, younger brother, Willis and sister, Shirley, living on TL Creek for five years and then west of the then-bustling town of New Haven. Grade school was an easy horseback ride or walk away. Summers were spent with cousins and community children and engaging in the family’s sawmill and ranching activities.
He went to high school in Sundance for two years, before working for Earl Ike, which is now the IPY.
Mr. Clark married Barbara Agnes Stoddard on Dec. 24, 1950. They were married for 61 years. They had three children: Merle Jay, Denise Kay and Cleve Alan.
A series of ranch leases and employments included those with Lewis Clark, Thorval Jensen, Frank Proctor, Middle Creek, Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange, Steiger’s JH Ranch and Trusty and Sonny Moore.
Mr. Clark possessed natural abilities with horses, dogs and livestock and enjoyed the neighborhood activities of ranch life. With the help of his wife, they formed a successful family-sized operation, based on Elkhorn Creek in Crook County.
He was active in the Hulett Roping Club, served on school boards, cooperative boards and was a Summit National Bank board member.
In 2006, the Clarks retired from ranching and moved to Hulett.
Survivors include his wife of Hulett; son Merle Clark of Hulett; daughter Denise Wagner of Hulett; sister Shirley Anderson of Hulett; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Willis and his son, Cleve.
Memorials have been established to benefit the Greater Hulett Community Center and the Hulett EMS
Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com or attached to the obituary at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.