Robert Clark


Robert Clark

Robert (Bob) Clark, age 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Canyon Lake on October 10, 2015 with his wife of 60 years and family by his side.

He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on May 13, 1930 but came to California when he was 2 and lived in Chino, California. During college, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an MP in the Korean Conflict.

Bob married his wife, Peggy, on August 13, 1955 in Upland, California. They lived in San Francisco for two years while he finished college. They moved to Palos Verdes, California in 1957 and, in 1969, moved to Seal Beach.

He taught for 35 years at Narbonne High School in Lomita. He started as a drafting/math teacher and later was career counselor along with coaching varsity softball for 16 years. He also taught wood shop at night school and was athletic director. He truly enjoyed teaching and coaching and felt that he made a positive impression on his students and family.

During his summers he co-owned a miniature golf course/arcade in San Simeon for 10 years and was a customs agent from 1984 to 1994. Bob and Peggy lived in Seal Beach for 23 years prior to building their home in Canyon Lake in 1993 when he retired.

While living in Canyon Lake, Bob coached the JV softball team at Temescal Canyon High School for four years, was Commodore of the Canyon Lake Yacht Club for two years, a member of Temecula Valley Civitan Club, and also volunteered daily at HOPE. food pantry in Lake Elsinore for many years.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, Bob is survived by his sons, Jay Clark of Long Beach and Bob Clark of Rancho Cucamonga; daughter, Cheryl Zuniga of Murrieta; as well as daughters-in-law, Zina Clark and Jamie Clark; and son-in-law, John Zuniga. He had 11 grandchildren: Cherlynn, Jason, Garrett, Tori, Taylor, Nicholas, Wesley, Darrell, Karee, Andrea and Krista.

Bob’s family would like to thank Mission Hospice, Murrieta for their kind care and support during the last three months.

Early in life his passion was sailing. He enjoyed life and lived it with dignity, honor and always putting others needs before his own.

A graveside service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on October 22, at 1 p.m. Friends are welcome at the Clark home afterwards.


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