Frederick Arthur Clark
Fred passed away October 30, 2021, at the age of 72, after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. Fred’s irrepressible sense of humor remained intact throughout the duration of his battle, and his resolve never faltered. Born September 1, 1949, in Sacramento, CA, to Arthur Clark and Lottie Nickerson. He spent his childhood growing up in Sacramento, CA. Fred enlisted in the US Army shortly after graduation and was deployed to Vietnam.
Fred’s love for life and desire to stay busy was obvious to anyone who knew him. He started working in gate construction/fencing in 1996 which included fabricating, welding, installing and repairing iron gates in California and then he later opened his own gate construction business in 2003 with this long-time friend and business partner, Gary Hindsley, up until 2019. In addition to being in the gate construction business, which he thoroughly enjoyed, he ran thrift stores and built bird cages which he sold to local pet stores among many other interests and hobbies. Fred always wanted to stay busy whether it be work or play. One would say that the pearly gates in heaven will have the best gate repairman now.
Fred enjoyed and loved life, especially traveling with his sister, Shirley and her family, throughout the United States in his RV and then later with his extended family whom he loved all very dearly. In his earlier years, he loved racing sprint cars, flying his Cessna plane and bowling. Fred was always happy and he was never one to talk bad about anyone or judge anyone throughout his life. Fred had a kind heart and wanted to make everyone around him extremely happy at all costs. Fred liked to go out to eat with friends and family and made sure he would even make the waitresses laugh, including everyone else around him.
On January 13, 2007, during an evening of bowling, Fred met the love of his life (his “darlin”), Linda Peterson, with whom he couldn’t take his eyes off of from the start. From that first meeting, Fred and Linda began a beautiful and loving relationship up until Fred’s passing. Fred always called Linda “darlin”. Linda had two sons and three grandchildren whom he accepted as his own unconditionally, loved dearly and who in return loved him dearly. He instantly became a loving soulmate to Linda, a beloved father figure and especially a beloved and loving grandpa to Linda’s grandchildren. Fred’s love and compassion to travel was bestowed to Linda and grandkids on journeys throughout the United States. He loved to plan trips and enjoyed every single one of them and ensured everyone around him would have the best time they possibly could. He made a dream of Linda’s come true when he took her to Nashville to the Grand Ole Opry and then to Graceland to tour Elvis’ home and everything about Elvis, along with many, many other trips and adventures. Along with a passion for traveling, he enjoyed country music, going to country music concerts and occasional trips to the casino to play slot machines.
Fred is survived by his sister, Shirley Dangerfield, niece and nephew Elizabeth Karr, Michael Dangerfield and their kids David and Alison Karr, and Thomas Dangerfield; Linda Peterson (his “darlin” and soulmate), Linda’s two sons, Bryan Peterson (Gina), Steven Peterson (Jodi) and Linda’s three grandchildren, Brennen Peterson, Cali Peterson and Vance Peterson.
So many things about Fred will be greatly missed, especially his love for life and sense of humor up until the end. Fred was always a big presence, a smiling face, a helping hand. He made such a difference in everyone’s life.
For those of us who watched him endure his battle, we are comforted to know he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in that mansion in the sky and no longer is suffering. We love you Fred and miss you…until we meet again.
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