David A. Clark
March 26, 1930 –
April 10, 2022
DELHI – David Alden Clark was born in Delhi on March 26, 1930, the eldest of four children born to Lynn Scott and Mildred Truscott Clark. He joined his parents and grandparents at the Clark family farm on Elk Creek Road, where he lived all his life.
Dave entered school at the one-room schoolhouse in Elk Creek and graduated from Delaware Academy in 1947.
Dave started his adult life working on the family farm, but soon after acquired a backhoe and a bulldozer. He started a small excavation business, which he ran for the next 60 years. He had an intuitive understanding of the interrelationships of water, earth and stones, and a knack for finding solutions to earth problems. It was said that he could scratch your back with the bucket of his machine.
In the summer of 1965, Dave met Reeva Curley at the First Presbyterian Church in Delhi. They started dating in September and got married in December. Reeva was a widow with five children, ages 10 to 21. Later in life, she said marrying him was the craziest thing Dave had ever done. As crazy as it may have seemed at the time, their union has long been an inspiration to all who knew them. They never argued and they made their decisions together. They were inseparable.
Dave was a tireless worker and a perfectionist, but he also enjoyed his free time. He built two beautiful ponds where he and Reeva spent countless good times with their friends and family. On summer Sunday afternoons, he would drive his 1964 convertible to the family camp on Goodyear Lake, where he patiently taught many people how to water ski. He built a ramp for the water ski jump and was himself one of the few who could use it. Dave also enjoyed taking his family and friends boating and camping on the island in Lake George.
In the winter, Dave took advantage of the quiet digging season to go downhill skiing and snowmobiling. For a few years, he sold Boa-Ski snowmobiles and helped customers maintain and operate their machines. A lover of the beautiful views of the Catskills, he enjoyed going to the tops of the hills and sharing that beauty with others. Late winter meant sap season for Dave, always a busy time. He often remembered the year the Clarks made 1,000 gallons of maple syrup.
Dave will be best remembered for his innate decency, his sincere respect for his fellow human beings, his deep and enduring Christian faith, and his irrepressible desire to have fun. He charmed generations of children with his masks and his games. His peers have countless stories of his pranks and tricks, usually involving ingenious misuse of tools and equipment. His example of moral integrity and enthusiasm for life inspired all who knew him.
Our hearts are certainly broken as we contemplate the death of Dave, but we should certainly be comforted in knowing that this giant of a man is waiting for us, smiling at the gates of heaven – driving an old truck with fruit stuck to the hood, carrying a mask of a gorilla, blowing steam whistles, air horns and sirens and inviting us to join him in eternity.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, Lynn and Mildred Clark; sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Ken Stalter; sister-in-law, Linda Clark; nephews, Ken Stalter and Scott Heinzerling; and his granddaughter, Abby Borow Ezero.
He is survived by his wife, Reeva; children, Reeva (Victor) Bellard, Glenn Curley, Jane (Harold Eustis) Curley, David (Kathleen) Curley and Lynne (Robert) Borow; his grandchildren, Sarah (Carl) Chapman, David (Melissa) Bellard, Emily (Juan) Levy-Espierd, Colin Eustis, Elizabeth (Richard) Nevin, Jack Curley, Deborah (David) Such and Dianna (Rich) De Ponto; and 12 great-grandchildren. Dave had a special affection for his nieces and nephews, Tom (Andrea) Clark, Terri (Marty) Stallone, Shane (Heather) Stalter, Lori (Scott) White, Holly Heinzerling and Heidi Henzerling; grand-niece, Taylor Clark; and grandnephews Kyle and Darin Clark.
Dave’s family thanks Helios Care for their support over the past few weeks.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit family from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, April 15, at Abundant Life Church, 79 Assembly Lane, Delhi, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.
Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.
Share your condolences with Dave’s family online at www.macarthurfh.com.
Published on April 12, 2022