Calvin Clark, born September 7, 1929 in Sacramento, California to Hanna and Perle Clark, went home to be with Jesus on April 22, 2020.
Calvin grew up on the Clark family ranch in Florin, California with his many brothers and sisters. By the age of 7 he was proved to be an excellent shot and was put to the task, with his brother Bill, of providing meat for the table. His reputation as an excellent hunter and marksman earned him the nickname of “Gun Barrel”.
Calvin attended Sierra Enterprise Grammar School, Elk Grove Grammar School and McClatchy High School. He served in the army during the Korean Conflict earning 3 bronze stars. Upon returning home from the service in 1952 he went to work for SMUD beginning his 35 years of employment with them. Soon after he met Nelda Wilson and they were married in September 1953. Calvin considered scoring Nelda as a wife his luckiest moment and they enjoyed over 60 years of marriage. They lived in Florin until they moved to Elk Grove in 1978.
Calvin enjoyed many years fishing, hunting, hiking “over the hill” to Four Lakes and camping in favorite places such as Woods Lake. During retirement, he and Nelda, loved going on RV trips and “wintering” in Yuma, Arizona where they made many friends among the other snowbirds.
Calvin was a master at repairing and rigging. He was the neighbor all the kids brought their bikes to for repairs, who worked on your cars and was always willing and eager to help if you had a need. He set a wonderful example of service for his kids and grandkids.
Calvin is survived by his brothers, Bill and Wayne Clark, his five children, Janet Larson (Steve), Sharon Chapman (Mark), Susan Bainter (Greg), Tim Clark (Brenda) and Shelly Clark, 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date.