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Louis C. Clark ( Missoula 1941 )

posted: Jul 21, 2020

Louis died July 13, 2003, of sudden cardiac arrest at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls, MT at age of 92. He was born in Chicago on January 1, 1911 and adopted by Fred and Margaret Clark. The family settled in northwest Montana where Louis completed high school and followed his father in working for the USFS. He married in 1941 and, at age 30, began smokejumping that summer and again in 1947 with the years between in the US Navy (43—45) during WWII. Louis did not have a fire jump during the 1941 season but had five fire jumps during the 1947 season. Following jumping he worked in construction. Louis is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery at Columbia Falls.