Douglas Earl Clarke, 72, died July 14 in Newton, MA. Doug was the only son born to Verna Lou White on April 1, 1950 in Somers, MT. He attended Somers Elementary School and graduated from Flathead High School in 1968. After graduation, he enrolled in classes at Flathead Valley Community College and served in the National Guard. He transferred to the University of Montana before earning a bachelor’s degree from National College in Rapid City, SD, after which he moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Glenda Lee Kelly, and three sons. Doug has worked in the heavy trucking industry for over thirty years. While living in Arizona, he became an avid Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks fan, and enjoyed golf, off-roading, and car shows with a close circle of friends. When his marriage ended, he devoted his life to his sons Jaime, Jeremy and Jared. As a boy living in Montana, he never thought he would go east of the Mississippi, but he traveled with his sons to England, Scotland and Ireland, New York and all over New -England. In retirement, he moved to Newton, MA to be close to his only grandson and to work part-time for his son and daughter-in-law’s bookstore, Newtonville Books. He also became an avid Boston Red Sox fan and appeared in many games at Fenway Park. Universally loved for his kindness and selflessness, he will be dearly missed by those whose lives he touched. He leaves behind three sons: Jaime Clarke (Mary Cotton); Jeremy Clarke; and Jared Clarke; a grandson, Max, and many cherished cousins he grew up with. Doug was predeceased by his mother; his grandfather, Murlen White; grandmother, Beryl White; and an aunt and uncle. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Posted July 24, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic