After a long battle with COPD, Dale H. Clarke passed away peacefully at home on August 15, 2017.
Dale was born in Butte, Montana on November 27, 1938. He was the oldest child and only son of the late Bob and Gertie Clarke. At age 12, his family moved to Wasilla, Alaska. It was there that he developed a real appreciation for the natural beauty of Alaska and respect for the wildlife.
After graduating from Palmer High School he attended the University of Washington. Graduation brought the call to serve in the United States Army.
Dale then joined the Sears organization and successfully managed a number of jobs. He made the move to San Juan, Puerto Rico to work at Sears International. He loved living in the Caribbean where he could explore his passion for sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving in the beautiful waters. Dale was often joined by his son Scott and they spent time visiting the numerous islands.
Back to the states he would move to the Sears Corporate Offices in Chicago, Illinois. It is there where he met Bonnie Brisky and they married in January 1992.
After leaving Sears, Dale embarked on a new venture. He opened a knitwear outlet store in Lincoln Park – “KnitPickers” – which was listed as “a top value” by the well-respected Chicago Magazine.
The year 2004 was filled with yet another move. Dale and Bonnie left the Chicago area and headed to sunny Naples, Florida. Dale fulfilled his love of teaching and was on staff for the Collier County’s Adult Education Programs. He taught many different computer classes as well as being a private tutor. Dale’s classes always filled up! He loved this journey. He so enjoyed learning about his students and was always excited to teach them. He wrote training books for each of his classes to ensure that his students would be successful. Kind, thoughtful, patient and knowledgeable are just a few of the words that describe teacher Dale.
Over the years, he and Bonnie were blessed with the opportunity to travel around much of the world. This travel afforded them the chance to explore different cultures and countries. It reinforced how much we all have in common and how important education is. So while Dale’s burial is private, the family requests that Memorial Contributions in Dale’s name be sent to Grace Place for Children and Families, PO Box 990531, Naples, Florida 34116. Their mission is to provide pathways out of poverty by educating children and families. The funds will be used to endow scholarships.
Those left to honor Dale’s memory include his loving wife, Bonnie, son, Scott Clarke and wife, Dever Dunnett and beautiful granddaughter, Caitlin, all of Seattle Washington. His two sisters, Cheryl (Dave) ZumBrunnen of Wasilla, Alaska and Colorado Springs and Barbara Taylor of Big Pine Key, Florida. He was happy and loved his numerous nieces and nephews as well as their children.
We love you Dale.