William Jeffery Clark

William Jeffery Clark, 69, of Gering, passed from earthly life to eternal life with Christ on Dec. 14th with family near. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer and associated complications.

No services are planned. There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please direct all contributions to West Nebraska Arts Center.

Bill was born at Alliance hospital on March 4, 1943 to James Myron and Myrtie Helen Clark (Westervelt), the second of three children. Rearing and education took place in Rushville.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia. In 1965 he married Barbara Jacox. They made their home in Chadron and ultimately Lincoln. Two sons were born of this marriage. Bill and Barbara later divorced; Barbara survives him. In 2003 Bill married Laura Renfro and gained two stepchildren.

Bill worked as a communications engineer with the State of Nebraska / NETV for 42 years, initially in Lincoln and then in Scottsbluff managing station operations across Western Nebraska. He retired in 2010.

Two things were the very soul of Bill's life--photography and reading. Cameras and books were his constant companions; the library and the Arts Center frequent destinations. Bill photographed much of the American West earning local renown as an accomplished photographer and artist. He had a darkroom for over 50 years, and was always ready to teach and encourage others. As regards books, Bill had a tremendous love and respect for the written and spoken word (favoring British mysteries and contemporary poetry). He was widely known for his articulate, eloquent and humorous storytelling.

Survivors include his wife, Laura, sons Jay (Chicago), Dana and Daughter-in-Law Libby (Maryland Heights, Mo.),  his brother Jim and his sister Millie. Also surviving are step-children Melissa Gelwicks and her husband Kevin (Laramie, Wyo.) and Robert Renfro and his wife Shelby (Omaha, Neb.). Two grandsons and 5 step-grandchildren survive him as well as numerous dear longtime friends. His parents preceded him in death.

"One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been."-- Sophocles

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