James Clark

Jim Clark

Sunday, October 23rd, 1938 - Monday, July 6th, 2020
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James Michael Clark
10/23/1938 ~ 7/6/2020

James Michael Clark was born on October 23, 1938 in Sloan, Iowa to Ernest and Eva (Harrington) Clark. Jim grew up in Sloan and moved to Sioux City, where he attended Heelan High School and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He married Phyllis Hanna on May 21, 1966 in Detroit Michigan, and later served in the Army Reserves for 4 years.
Jim was gifted with an exceptionally high IQ and was a quiet soul with a dry Irish sarcastic sense of humor. He had a love for sports unlike most people, where he knew every possible statistic about virtually any possible player from any sport. He could tell you where any player went to college. He loved the Chicago Cubs Baseball team and of course, the Bears. Jim was a family man through and through. He loved people, especially his children and grandchildren. He was their coach for soccer, basketball and softball. He played tennis weekly with some friends and was highly competitive.

He traveled the United States with Phyllis by vehicle and made many memories. He loved diet Coke, chocolate and ice cream. He was a member of Saint Gerald School Board, and they were members of their church. They moved to Sioux Falls, SD, where he served as a volunteer escort at Avera Hospital for 15 years after retirement from Raven Industries. He loved serving at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House where he would care for homeless people.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Greeley, and his children; Patrick Clark of New York, Shannon (Rafael) Segovia of Greeley, and Michael (Liz) Clark of California. Their grandkids are Marsella and Vincent of Greeley, and June of California.

Life Celebration service and interment of ashes will be out of state at a later time. To leave condolences for James Clark’s family, please visit In lieu of flowers, please make a financial donation to Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, or Avera Hospice in Sioux Falls, SD.
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Posted at 06:50pm
Phyllis and family we are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. They announced it in church today Sat 7-11-20. I Donna have so many good memories of both of you at church and volunteer at Avery. I will keep both of you in my prayers. God Bless and much love. Donna and Mike Dhaemers Sioux Falls

Benita Timpe

Posted at 04:14pm
There is that beautiful smile and those dancing Irish eyes. You will be missed by friend by those who loved you and called you friend/extended family. We know that you are well and joyful at home with your Creator. Continue to watch over your family as the begin a journey without you.

To Phyllis, Patrick, Shannon, and Michael, Marsella, Vincent, and June, you were blessed to have a great husband, father and grandfather. He was so proud of all of you and your accomplishments. Our deepest sympathy and our love and prayers as you embark on a journey without Jim. There will be tears and stories and laughter as the stories are told. There will be moments of deep sadness and deep joy as the birthdays, holidays, anniversaries come around and there is an empty chair at the table.

The empty chair signifies the importance of the life that was and the impact it had on those that loved him. It is a reminder that hia life was important and touched others as a son, spouse, father, grandfather, coach, employee, volunteer and friend.. Talking about Jim recalls the unique, quirky and humorous man he was. It also is important to say his name outloud as it pulls the memories forward and we draw strength and comfort from remembering.

So we are not saying good bye, we are saying til we see you again my friend, we hold you close in thoughts and prayers. We miss the essence of who you were, but that spirit is undiminished in death. We see it in your children, grandchildren and extended family. We see it in nature, in clouds, butterflies, dragonflies, coins, cardinals, sunrises, sunsets, however your family begins to associate a sign that he is with you. For my mom, it is dragonflies. For a friends son, it is blue butterflies. It is representative that the life goes on and is present around you, if you look for it.

Hugs from our family to yours. We love you. We will see him again, of that I have no doubt. Will see you when things get arranged. our love. Dave, Bunny, and Family.

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