Deceased Shipmate: Ronald C. (Ron) Clark, Jr.
Obituary Link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kentucky/obituary.aspx?n=ronald-c-clark-ron&pid=112842459
Date Of Birth: 11-24-1952
Date Deceased: 06-27-2008
Age at Death: 55
Cause of Death: Cancer
Shipmate City: Lexington
Shipmate State: KY
Shipmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes Navy
Survived By: Survived by his Godchildren: Christopher and Sarah Cooley of Lexington, KY; his faithful brothers: Don (Lynn) of Lexington, Mike (Toni) of Cleveland OH, Jerry (Sandy) of Paintsville, KY and Ray Dean (Michelle) of Louisville,KY; nieces: Ginger (Johnathon) Davis of Lexington, Anna Collins of Cleveland OH, Leigh Ann Clark of Paintsville; nephews: Matthew Clark of Lexington., Mike Collins, Jr. of Cleveland OH and Logan Clark of Paintsville; great-nephew Jackson Davis of Lexington.; great-nieces: Clark Davis of Lexington. and Nicole Collins of Cleveland OH and his devoted and loving step-mother Linda Clark of Paintsville.
Ron Clark and I were shipmates aboard the USS Seattle (AOE-3) from 1972-1975. He was an Operations Specialist (OS) in the Operations Division, attaining the rank of (OS3). With both of us being natives of the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian Coalfields Region, we quickly bonded, and became good friends. Our friendship extended even after military service, as we both attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington. We shared the same academic major (Political Science), and had many classes together. We lost touch after I relocated out-of-state, began a career, married, and along with my wife, raised a family. Soon after retiring a couple of years ago, and my wife and I returned to Lexington to be nearer our daughter and grandchildren. I tried locating Ron through various internet searches to reconnect with him, and discovered he left us on June 27, 2008 after a battle with cancer. To learn of his passing was saddening. Ron was kind and gentle soul, a great shipmate, and a heck of a lot of fun to be around! While the years and miles may have separated us, I've always counted Ron among my most cherished friends. That hasn't changed with his passing. C. Alex Smith QM3 USS Seattle (AOE-3) 1972-1975