James W. Clark

James W. Clark

James W. Clark, of Medford, died after suffering a massive coronary on Wednesday, September 26, 2007.

Jim was born the son of James and Lula Mae Clark on August 21, 1931. The eldest of six, he is survived by one brother and two sisters who reside in Iowa. He moved to the Rogue Valley as a teen in 1946 and worked in the logging industry in Butte Falls for several years. He was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 31, 1952, and he served in Korea until he was wounded in March of 1953. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Korean Service Medal. After spending the next year in military hospitals, he returned to live in the Rogue Valley. In September of 1954, he married MaryLou Herrmann of Central Point. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years as well as four children and spouses, James and Melody Clark, Jana Clark and Mark Orrisch, Jodi and Dana Wells, and Jay and Cindy Clark; two granddaughters, and seven great-grandchildren.

He owned and operated Jim's Barber Shop at Midway Four Corners for 30 years during which he was known far and wide as "Jim the Barber." He and his friends/customers spent many hours "cussing and discussing" the world's problems, though solving few of them. After retiring in 1987, he spent the next 10 years fishing out of Bandon, where he and his wife owned a small vacation home.

His greatest pride and joy was his children. He was their moral support, technical guide, and "go-to guy" on their many projects. He died doing what he loved to do, helping one of his children renovate an old farmhouse. Jim Clark was a good man in every sense of the word.

Because Jim loved all children and felt they should be cared for and protected, and because he was a builder of things, he would have wanted memorial contributions sent to either: The Kids Health Connection, 940 Royal Avenue, Suite 410, Medford, OR 97504 or Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 688, Medford, OR 97501 in lieu of flowers.

His friends and family are invited to a viewing at Conger~Morris Mortuary in Central Point from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 30th. They are also invited to a memorial service at the same location on Monday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m.

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