After successfully completing treatment for esophageal cancer and being cancer free, Jerry R. Clark passed into eternity from natural causes on May 12, 2018. He was born October 6, 1941 to Merald F. Clark and Helen L. (Mack) Jantzen in Bremerton, Washington. Jerry was a resident of Olympia, Washington since 1975, after previously living in Chehalis, and Onalaska, Washington.
Jerry attended school in Onalaska and graduated in 1960 from W.F. West High School in Chehalis. He also took accounting and business classes at Centralia College. Jerry married Marilyn Jacox in 1963 in Chehalis and together they started Dairy Fresh Farms (DFF) with one truck and lots of effort processing, selling and delivering milk. He ran the operation and was active in the day to day success of DFF up to the time of his passing.
Jerry focused on taking DFF from a one-truck small business to a successful corporation with over 80 trucks and many employees. Jerry enjoyed carpentry, real estate, and driving new DFF trucks across the country from the factory to their new home in one of the seven DFF depots. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time at the beach digging clams. He supported Christian ministries, including Union Gospel Missions in Seattle, Olympia and Aberdeen. Jerry attended Church of Living Water and Mountain View Church in Tumwater, Washington, and served on the board of several churches. Jerry had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor and was not afraid to use either of them with anyone he was around.
DFF was a big part of the life that Jerry lived, but it was his faith in Jesus Christ that guided him in every aspect of his walk here on earth. That kind, gentle spirit, and simple faith are the legacy by which he desired others to remember him. Knowing that, in this life, our actions are sometimes the only Bible others will ever read, he chose to live out the truths of God’s Word. Just like Jesus, Jerry had friends that ranged from saints to sinners. Because of Jerry’s daily testimony, there are no doubts from any of those friends as to exactly where Jerry is right now. Jerry would want you to know that you can also have that same confidence in where you will spend eternity by accepting the free gift of Salvation offered by Jesus.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Marilyn J. Clark of Olympia; son, Brian Clark of Olympia; daughter, Debbie Messer of Olympia; grandchildren, Joshua Jones and Kyle Jones; great grandchildren, Jeremiah, Indiana, and June; and brother, Loren Clark of Oregon. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, Howard Clark.
Services will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Church, 940 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98501. Donations in Jerry’s honor may be made to a charity of your choice.