Tom Harold Clark passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Federal Way, Wash., at the age of 66.
Tom is survived by his wife, Ilona Thompson, and their kitty fur babies, Cotton and Sadie (Sissie preceding Tom); his brother, Jim (Julia) Clark; his nephew, Jesse (Gwen) Clark; and niece Dena (Max) Ripple; as well as great- and great-great-nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his foster parents, Ron and Judy Karlberg, and his foster siblings, Brent, Kalyn and Chanda Karlberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Della Mae Sweet Clark and Harold McGee Clark; and his older brother, Steve Clark.
Tom was born May 6, 1953, in Clarkston, to Della Mae Sweet Clark and Harold McGee Clark. He graduated from Lewiston High in 1971, where he was an outstanding athlete in football and baseball, which led him to a full-ride scholarship to Boise State University. Tom played baseball for four years for Boise State University and graduated with a degree in secondary education.
After graduation, Tom headed to California, where he worked in maintenance at the Golden Gate Bridge (quite something for someone who didn’t like heights), various construction jobs, including building sports courts, and even became a licensed plumber.
In 1989, Tom met Ilona Thompson, who would be by his side for the next 30 years. They were two of the luckiest people to have found the loves of their lives. In 1995, Tom and Ilona headed to the Seattle area, where Tom finally realized his dream of becoming a real estate agent. Tom spent the next two decades working in real estate and was working for Berkshire Hathaway of Federal Way when he passed. Being a social person, Tom loved being there, where he worked and socialized with colleagues and clients alike.
“Every friend of Tom’s became a friend for life.” No truer words could be said about Tom. He was friendly, kind, soft-hearted, thoughtful and cherished his childhood friends. This was evident in their annual get-together trips, usually featuring his favorite sport, golf. Though family lived hours away, Tom loved them all and never let a week or holiday pass by without a phone call, especially to his brother, Jim. Tom considered Coach Karlberg and Judy Karlberg his second set of parents and made Judy feel special every year with a Mother’s Day card.
At Tom’s request, no services will be held. Condolences may be sent to Ilona Thompson at P.O. Box 3916, Federal Way, WA 98063-3916. Memorials can be shown by way of donations to PAWS Cat City (Progressive Animal Welfare Society), 5200 Roosevelt Way NE Suite B, Seattle, WA 98105. Telephone: (206) 782-1700.