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John "Clark" Hanlon
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Birth: Jan. 31, 1917
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Dec. 3, 2011

John "Clark" Hanlon January 31, 1917 December 3, 2011

Clark Hanlon died at St. Mary's Hospital on December 3rd, 2011, at the age of 94.

John Clark Hanlon at birth was named after his maternal grandfather, John Lewis Clark, in Madrid, New Mexico, on January 31, 1917. He was the eldest of five children born to James Harry Hanlon and Ferrol Lenore (Clark) Hanlon. He spent his early years in Willard, New Mexico.

During the Depression in 1930, he and his family moved to Taos, New Mexico, to establish the Hanlon Funeral Home, the first mortuary in the county. At the age of 16, he realized he was blind in one eye, and his sight continued to decline until he was completely blind.

After his father died in 1960, he and his mother moved to Albuquerque where he worked at a lunch counter in the federal building for ten years, never having missed a day.

He was then associated with Fuller Brush and was the top salesman in his district. Although blind, he memorized and navigated the city bus system to run his route, with each customer writing their order for him. He retired due to arthritic feet, having walked the many miles of his route.

In the early 80's, he and his mother moved to Grand Junction to be closer to family. When she became disabled, he lived with his sisters, first Lenore and then Margaret, until his death.

Clark's hobbies included gardening, audio books, history, and music. Although blind, he grew the most beautiful gladiolas, luscious strawberries, and delicious vegetables in his garden until the age of 84. He planted, watered, and weeded by touch. He grew pinto beans that he harvested and shelled by hand to give as Christmas presents. He mowed the lawn with a push reel mower until the age of 92 and rarely left a leaf on the property in the fall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Lenore and Anna Marie, and brother, Jimmy.

He is survived by his sister, Margaret Talley, of Palisade; his uncle and aunt, John and Vivian Clark, of Albuquerque, NM; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins to whom his selfless ways, patience, wisdom, and devotion to God were an inspiration.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary chapel with a funeral mass at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Palisade. Interment will be in Taos, New Mexico.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on December 7, 2011 
Family links: 
  James Harry Hanlon (1895 - 1960)
  Ferroll C Hanlon (1898 - 1997)
  John Hanlon (1917 - 2011)
  James L Hanlon (1928 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Sierra Vista Cemetery
Taos County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Barb
Record added: Dec 07, 2011
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John Clark Hanlon
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May you rest in peace.
- Barb
 Added: Dec. 7, 2011

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