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Brett Kelton Clark, 50, passed away peacefully Nov. 11, at his home in Boise, Idaho, after a six-year battle with cancer. Brett was being visited and comforted by members of his family at the time of his passing.
Brett Clark was born in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 14, 1963. He was the seventh child, and the second son, of Vivian Jean and John Stacy Clark Sr.
Brett graduated from Laveen Elementary School in Laveen, Ariz. in 1977, and Burns Union High School in Burns, in 1981.
Brett married his high school sweetheart, Sandy Tiller, on Jan. 28, 1984, in Burns; they were married for more than 29 years. During that time, he was blessed with three beautiful children, Lindsay, Ashlea, and Stacy, who instantly became his greatest joy beyond all compare.
Brett worked at the United States Postal Service in Reno, Nev., for nearly 15 years before beginning his own business, Emerald Lawn and Landscape, which he owned and operated for 14 years. Having his own business afforded Brett many opportunities to help out his family and friends, which was important to him.
Brett very much enjoyed being with his family. He enjoyed watching, playing and coaching basketball, and being outdoors, where he could golf, fish and hunt. He also enjoyed cooking and reading, but most importantly, spending time with his family.
In fact, any opportunity Brett could find to take his family out to see the beauty of the world and God’s great creation, he jumped on. He loved to go to Twin Lakes, Eagle Lake, Pyramid Lake, Antelope Lake, and Frenchman’s, to name just a few of his favorite places. But as much as he loved to travel, he was probably happiest at home.
Home is where his heart was. It’s where he sat and dreamed with Sandy, watched his children grow up, and was able to have long talks with his dad. Providing for his father for the last 20-plus years of his life brought such great pleasure to Brett, Sandy and his grandchildren. As Lindsay said, “My dad has always been blessed with such a sense of self-sacrificing compassion.”
As a young boy, Brett could often be found outside, in the heat of the Arizona sun, shooting free throws or counting down from 10 so he could make the game-winning shot. Even after his high school playing days were over, Brett continued to play, joining city leagues and taking that final shot in the game. As he grew older, his love of the game never dwindled, and another one of his dreams was realized. He and his friend, Pete, coached middle school basketball at Depoali Middle School in Reno, Nev. Working with the kids was something he often talked about to his friends and family, and when he did, his face would beam with pride.
At home, Brett was usually found somewhere between his backyard garden, the kitchen stove, and his grill. Whether growing over-sized pumpkins, the most beautiful heirloom tomatoes, or fresh herbs for his dishes, Brett could turn any simple vegetable into a delicious, savory dish. He loved feeding his family!
Brett was an amazing man with a huge heart. Brett loved volunteering his time and energy to both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, various soccer teams and AWANA’s, organizations his children were highly involved in. Brett also led the charge with his family in providing holiday meals for the homeless at Tent City in Reno.
An avid reader, in 2012, Brett vowed to read 50 books in a single year, which he easily achieved. No matter how many books he read, no book was more precious to him than his own Bible.
In later days, when taking time for himself, Brett enjoyed beginning his days by sitting in the sun and reading his Bible, often ending them by falling asleep while listening to audio-taped versions. The next day, Stacy was frequently asked, “Where did we leave off?”
Brett was not interested in reading the Bible from cover to cover, which he had already done. He wanted to understand and truly experience what it is like to have a real relationship with the Lord. In the last few years, he not only created a relationship with Him, but he has been instrumental in doing God’s work by bringing others to Christ, as well.
Brett was preceded in death by his father, John Stacy Clark Sr.; his nephew, Anthony (Tony) Harris; his niece, Courtney Brooks; and his faithful pets, Bailey and Speedy.
Brett is survived by his wife, Sandy Clark; daughter and her husband, Lindsay and Ben Wheatley; daughter, Ashlea Clark; son, Stacy Clark; mother, Vivian Clark; sisters, Diana Crider, Stacia Brooks, and Terese Clark; brother, John Stacy Clark Jr.; sisters, Sandra Davis, Cindy McKnight, Paula Harris, and Jeana Clark and their spouses, children and grandchildren; and Brett’s many friends.
The immediate family of Brett Clark also wishes to express a special thank you to his personal caregivers over these past few years: to Danny Clark, his cousin; Cassie Jo Yriarte, fondly referred to by Brett as Nurse Niece; and to John Stacy Clark Jr., his beloved brother, who never left his side, — thank you for the great compassion shown to Brett during this time.
And from Brett’s huge extended family, who knows there was no one that Brett loved more, thank you to Sandy. Thank you for always opening your door to us, thank you for providing such peace to him, and thank you for all the love you have shown.
A Celebration of Life was held at Twenty-Six Eight Church, 50 W. Spicewood, Meridian, Idaho, with Pastor David Snyder officiating. A time of remembrance took place at Brett and Sandy’s home following the Celebration. Donations may be made in Brett’s name to Twenty-Six Eight Church, P.O. Box 1229, Meridian, ID 83680.