William L. Clark, age 91, a long-time resident of San Diego, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday evening, September 17, 2019 with his family and loved ones by his side.
William was born on May 19, 1928 in Stockton, California. He had three older siblings, Mary Arlee, James, and Charles. After graduation from high school, like many of the young men of his generation, he enlisted in the US Army toward the end of World War II to help save the world. It certainly was a challenge for the Clark family, with his father and two older brothers whom were serving or had served in the war with the Navy. The war ended shortly after his enlistment, and the Army decided to send him to China Lake, California to help develop a new air and ground level radar targeting system for the U.S. Military. After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1948, he found his professional calling in life in commercial refrigeration. With a gift of gab, he started as a young sales engineer for Zero Cold Corp in Santa Ana, California. After many sales trips to San Diego in the late 1950s, he decided to move his family to San Diego in 1960 and became part owner with Refrigeration Engineering Corp. He ended up buying the company in the early 70s. Many of his projects included custom cold storage rooms for General Dynamics, Convair, hospitals, high school districts, and custom design build liquor and wine stores. After retiring in the late 1990s, he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife of over 42 years, Laureen.
He leaves behind his wife Laureen; seven children, Lezlie, William (deceased), Sandy, Cindy, Robert, Robyn (deceased), and Cheryl; twelve grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in San Marcos with a Graveside Service at Miramar National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
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