Lloyd Finley Clark (AKA Papa) of Elgin, age 89, passed away on March 1st, 2019 at his home. A memorial service, followed by a celebration of life, will take place June 8th at 11:00 am at the Elgin Community Center.
Lloyd was born February 27th, 1930 to William L. Clark and Ruth Bolden Clark at Lubbock, Texas. At an early age his parents separated with his sister, Glorietta, staying with their mother and Lloyd going with his father. His dad was an experienced rock crusher and equipment operator. They traveled extensively throughout the southwest and northwest states working the early road and dam projects. His dad remarried Afton Hamblin giving Lloyd his beloved brothers and sister, Richard, Frank and Anna Lee.
Lloyd grew up in the crusher world and loved crushing rock. He became a plant operator as a very young man. He loved the challenge of building roads and, in his words, “couldn’t wait to get back to work in the morning”. Every day was a new challenge with Richard and Frank following in their big brothers’ footsteps.
Lloyd married Martha Cady at the age of sixteen and had two daughters Joy and Judy. During that time, he traveled on an army boat to Guam where he worked a crushing project at the end of the war. When the young marriage failed, he remarried Charlotte Schrindle and had sons Mike and Bill and daughters Terri and Sherri. Mike passed away of SIDS as an infant.
Lloyd loved hunting in his younger days. He and his brothers guided hunting parties in the Hells Canyon area where he has requested his ashes be scattered. Their tales of hunting adventures and good times together are favorite stories told to all. As are pranks pulled with the “gorilla suit”, which made many believe big foot was on site. Another favorite was the staged “pick in the back” incident, a very favorite of Lloyds many stories that anyone knowing him undoubtedly heard.
Lloyd crushed for several major contractors, becoming crushing superintendent for JC Compton Company for 23 years. He crushed Federal, State and Forest service projects all over the Northwest and into Nevada and Arizona. He crushed rock for the early interstates, including the cuts and freeways over Cabbage Hill. He knew every quarry in the country and the rock and how it broke. His children were grown when he crushed the Minam Grade job in 1981, where he met his love and wife of his later years, Sandra Hallgarth Clark. Lloyd gained with Sandi, two step sons, Bob and Paul Sanders. In 1985, Lloyd and Alan Hay, the JC Compton office manager, purchased the JC Compton Crusher, which was, at the time, one of the largest portables in the Northwest. Hay & Clark Crushing Company continued to crush throughout the state until the time for retirement.
Not able to quit working, Lloyd became involved in fixer upper and rental housing in his retirement years up until the time of his passing. He loved staying busy and he just loved to work.
Lloyd loved family time and get togethers, especially to tell his stories. There were many, many gatherings of family and friends at his Elgin home. His two sweeties, Granddaughters Kristina and Stephanie, lived in the family home for some time and became one of the better parts of his senior years. Lloyd reunited with his daughter Judy after retirement, traveling to Virginia to spend time with her, his Grandsons and their families. It was one of his final joys. As well as time spent and love given and received from his great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Mike, daughter Joy Cobb, sister Glorietta Bell and stepson, Bob Sanders. He is survived by his wife Sandra, children Judy & Dewey Carnett, Bill & Debbie Clark, Terri & Bob Norton, Sherri & Brian Rangitsch, Paul Sanders, and his “sweeties”, along with brothers Richard & Frank Clark and sister Anna Lee Clark, as well as his many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the local charity of your choice.