Clark E. Whitcomb

Clark E. Whitcomb, 79, passed away suddenly in his home on Sunday, April 23, 2017 while preparing to attend church. Clark made a difference in many lives. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

Clark was born on May 3, 1937 in Billings, Montana, to Arnold E. Whitcomb and Doris Charlotte Whitcomb of Red Lodge, Montana, where Clark was raised. Arnold worked in the family business with his father and brother until both passed. Arnold continued to run the business as the A. D. Whitcomb Oil Company until 1976 when he sold the business to long-time friend, Ray H. Judd, who owned the Red Lodge Ford dealership next door.

Clark’s childhood was active with scouts, sledding and ice-skating literally across the street. Clark was also musical and learned to play the piano, trumpet, mandolin and more. He had a beautiful voice and sang in a quartet with three other classmates. He was in DeMolay and active in the community. He enjoyed school being in the band and other activities. He had a model steam train hobby, building track layouts of realistic scenery with towns, etc. Clark enjoyed playing cribbage and other card games with his mother, Doris. His father, Arnold, was a champion golfer and taught Clark how to play the game.

After graduation in 1955 from Red Lodge High School, Clark attended Montana State in Bozeman where he graduated to become a mechanical engineer.

He married Laurie Lee Blaine on Dec. 29, 1961. He spent 6 years in the Army National Guard. Santa Fe was Clark’s first employer and then he began working for the Fluor Corporation. A job transfer to Fluor Canada meant a move to Calgary, Alberta.

Clark and Laurie found their spiritual home at First Alliance Church in Calgary. Throughout the years both Clark and Laurie became involved in many ministries. Clark enjoyed singing in the choir.

First Alliance had a beautiful memorial service for Clark at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017. It was very well attended. His wife, daughter and sister were present and were enthusiastically embraced and welcomed.

Clark used to go to Starbucks saying, “I’m going to the office”. It was very touching that many Starbucks employees attended the service. Also attending were all of Clark’s neighbors who look out for one another, living in close proximity in condos. They were very kind and helpful to the family in so many ways.

Clark had an avid love for steam trains since childhood. He donated most of his trains/equipment to a train organization in Calgary. The more current photo seen here was taken while Clark was touring the C P Royal Canadian train. He was also part of a group who restored a steam train to its former glory. Of course he sent photos to all his family. Clark was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Joseph Enoch Whitcomb. Clark is survived by his wife, Laurie Lee Whitcomb; daughter, Anne Charlotte Williams (Dan); sons, Clark Charles Whitcomb and David Luke Whitcomb; grandson, Robert “Bobby” Clark Daniel Williams; granddaughter, Emily Jo Williams; great grandchildren Lukas and Reece; cousins, David Whitcomb (Cheryl), Donald Whitcomb (Carol), Jaye Sundin (Sherman, deceased), and Karen Eide (Ken, deceased); sister, Freda Ann Whitcomb of Billings; nephews, Diamond Rick Thompson (Brenda) and Danny “Dan” Russell Thompson (Christina); great niece, Misty Black (Shawn); great-great niece, Areyna Black; and great-great nephews, Michael Black and Luke Black.

Clark’s daughter Anne and his wife Laurie traveled back to the States together on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017 where family were waiting to welcome them home. Laurie is looking forward to living with her daughter and seeing her grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, 4 years old and 15 months old.