Lt. Col. John Winston Clark Sr., MSP Ret., died Oct. 31, 2019 at his home in Sidney.
John was born in Gardiner on Dec. 26, 1944; he was the third child of Walter A. and (Eva) Janet Clark.
He graduated from Gardiner Area High School in 1963 and received an AS degree in Criminal Justice and a BS degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine.
John graduated from the Maine State Police Academy in 1967 and was assigned to patrol the Damariscotta area of Troop D. He was promoted to Corporal in 1973 and Sergeant in 1975. In 1979 he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 1983 he was promoted to Lt. Col., Deputy Chief of the Maine State Police. He served in that capacity for four years and retired in 1987.
In 1988 he became the executive vice president of the Maine Insurance Agents Association in Augusta. He served in that capacity for 21 years, until he fully retired in September of 2009.
He loved the outdoors, and hunting and fishing in Argyle and Rangeley. He was a member of many wonderful organizations. He enjoyed his time spent with Peggy at their camp in Rangeley and riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He also loved to attend the many activities of his 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, which ranged from dance to hockey.
John was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Herman F. Clark; and his sister, Janice Plaisted.
He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Peggy; his daughter, Angela Clark; his son, John Jr. and his wife Jill and their four children, Jenny Hickey and her husband Will and their three sons, his stepson Benjamin Foster and his wife Karen and their three children, and his stepson Jared Foster and his wife Lisa and their three children.
There will be a celebration of his life at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester. A committal ceremony at the Sawtelle Cemetery on the Pond Road (Rt. 23) in Sidney will take place directly following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the AMVETS @ National Service Foundation, PO Box 96175, Washington, D.C. 20090-613.