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Dr Jack Frederick Clarke

Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Death 10 Jan 2017 (aged 80)
Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Unknown
Memorial ID 175483991 · View Source
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Dr. Jack Frederick Clarke, University of Nevada Counseling Psychologist Emeritus, died peacefully at home in Reno, Nevada on January 10, 2017. He was born in Portland, Oregon on February 3, 1936 to Florence H. Clarke and Jack C. Clarke. Jack graduated from Franklin High School where his interests included debate, orchestra, and as a Boy Scout earned the rank of Eagle. He attended the University of Redlands, majoring in Human Relations and after gradation became a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. He worked in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, leading high adventure and mountain climbing trips, as well as organizing and training adult leaders.

Jack earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and continued his studies at Arizona State University, where he received a PhD.

In 1970, Jack moved to Reno to become a Counseling Psychologist for the University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Center, a position he held for 28 years. He advised and supported hundreds of students and staff each year. Jack also co-founded People, Inc., a non- profit group for local residents seeking counseling.

Dr. Clarke was a Nevada licensed Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Counselor. He was involved in professional counseling organizations, including holding regional and national offices. In 1977 he was appointed to the Nevada Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. In acknowledgement of his service to the University, his profession, and the community, he was presented the UNR Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and is recognized in the University Honor Court.

Jack held a lifelong interest in the arts. He was an avid potter, served as president of the Nevada Clay Arts Guild, and loved producing functional ware in his home studio. In retirement, he enthusiastically returned to the violin he last played in high school and was a member of the Reno Pops Orchestra for 14 years.

His marriage of 58 years to Janice Cessna Clarke was a source of much joy, and he was devoted to his family: children Scott A. Clarke (Beth) of Eugene, Oregon, Kristin Clarke Batoy (Danville, CA), and Kerry Clarke-Berry (Reno, NV) as well as his seven grandchildren: Emma and Mercer Clarke, Ryan, Madelyn, and Camille Batoy, Bryce and Annabelle Berry, and brother Stanley R. Clarke of Portland.

A Celebration of Life Service is planned on February 19, 2:30 PM at the Nevada Museum of Art to which friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reno Pops Hillary Case Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Foundation of Western Nevada, 50 Washington St., Ste 300, Reno 89503
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Jan. 15, 2017


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