Donald William Clarke

October 2, 1932 - December 11, 2023
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It is with sad hearts to announce the passing of Donald William Clarke on Monday, December 11, 2023. He was 91 years old, born on Oct 2,1932 in Vancouver, BC.

Don will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 53 years, Liz, daughter Nancy Wilson (Ray); son-in-law Rick Cameron San Diego. grandsons: Nick Rizopolous, Nevada, Klarc Wilson, Vancouver, Koletrane Wilson, Edmonton, and Chandler Cameron, San Diego. Siblings: Marilyn Clarke Vancouver, and Kathy (Bill) Trulsen, Kamloops plus many cousins, nephews, nieces, extended families and friends. Don was predeceased by his father Walter Clarke, his mother Florence Simmonds and daughter Karen Lee Cameron.

Don loved his family, community and sports, especially when his grandsons were born and spent precious time and joy with them. As a young adult, Don was very athletic and excelled at basketball, and baseball.  His joy was spent supporting, attending games and tournaments of his 4 grandsons who also excelled in their sports: football, hockey and baseball. He was so proud of them.

His colorful career and marketing skills provided opportunities to benefit his companies, family and community. Moved to Edmonton and joined the Edmonton Police Force as constable for 7 years, then was lured by Carling O'keefe as a travelling salesman. In 1973, he was hired to be Manager of Edmonton Exhibition and when the Edmonton Coliseum was built became its first Marketing Manager. Then 7 years later he joined Horne and Pitfield as advertising and marketing manager for IGA, and Red Rooster stores in Alberta and BC. His other job was Incentive Travel director and arranged travel destinations to host the retailers at beautiful destinations around the world each year and did this for 10 years.

During this time period, he was asked to run for politics and campaigned 3 times, twice for MLA when Don Getty was Premier, then again when Ralph Klien was Premier for the Alberta government and once for city councillor and lost by 33 votes to Stephen Mandell.

A huge heart and a commanding presence, Don would walk into a room, not knowing a soul and by the time he left, everyone was a friend. His big heart also could not say "no" to any one or organizations, charities that needed help and more than not, he initiated many events and projects that benefitted his community. He was dubbed Extraordinary Volunteer and rewarded as a member of the ORDER OF CANADA for 40 years of volunteer service in Edmonton, and across Canada.

In his spare time, he made wine and watched his "Blue Jays"

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the

Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11420 117 Street, in the Grand Ballroom. The family will be there to welcome you at 1:00 pm.

  1. Don – You will never be far from our thoughts. Courageous and talkative till the end of a full well spent life. Love and condolences to my dear friend Liz, Nancy,, Ray , and remaining family.

  2. I will miss you and your family both Sony and I

  3. Deepest condolences to Liz and the Clarke family.
    It was a pleasure working with Don at Northlands, Klondike Days Assoc/Events Edmonton, Klondike Days Assoc.Chachako breakfasts… and events with Bobby Curtola.
    Don will be missed by many who knew him.

    Thank you for the memories


  5. Like the picture in his obituary, we will will remember Don as the handsome, generous, bigger than life personality. He was always the energy in the room and a friend to all. Our sincere condolences to you Liz and to your family.
    Big Hugs,
    Colleen and robert Linttell

  6. We will miss Don very much. He was an exceptional man. Loved to be with him on his campaigns, both political and charity work. Liz, you were alway with him in all his many endeavours. All our love.
    Garry and Sherry

  7. Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family. May you cherish all the wonderful memories and hope they comfort you at this difficult time

  8. We send our condolences to Liz & the family. Don was a great man who left a lasting impression in the hearts of everyone who met him.
    Sandra & Willy Klecker

  9. Coffee at Liz’s will never be the same. We would chat up a storm and in would walk Don and try to get in the conversation. We kept talking and he would get frustrated. We all had a good chuckle. Truly a man of strong character and loving nature. I will really miss you Don. Rest in peace and God’s loving arms.

  10. You were such a good friend for so many years Don, I will never forget you. Liz please accept my condolences. As you know, I appreciated every bit of helpDon and you gave me. God be with you.

  11. LIZ and Family:
    Deepest Condolences.
    Mr. Klondike Days was always larger than life and always made a positive contribution.
    Liz, I have such fond memories of the many Horne & Pit (IGA) trips and particularly Australia enjoying the huge Lobster feeds and how Don and yourself worked so hard to accommodate.
    So unfortunate that I can’t attend the Celebration of Life today and give you a hug!
    Frank J Smith

    • Dear Frank Smith
      Thank you for those kind words and reaching out. Wow, Australia was our first trip so long ago. Please refresh my memory, I know I know your name, but location might jog my memory as to which store.
      Those trips were so much fun. Did you take any more trips with us?
      Don would have been humbled by all the accolades he received at the Celebration of Life. We did him proud.

  12. Wow! He is certainly going to be missed by so many people. What a wonderful guy!

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