Karrie Katherine Clark, of Provo, returned to her Heavenly home to join her Father and Brothers on August 19th, 2020 at the age of 65.
Karrie was born on September 6, 1954 in boise Idaho to Ervin Mason and Kathryn (Mallard) Mason. Her early years were spent mostly in Bountiful Utah. She was even crowned Little Miss Bountiful when she was just 7. She went to Centerville Jr. High, and graduated from Dixie High School in St. George. She later attended College at Southern Utah University where she studied Archaeology and enjoyed participating in the Utah Shakespearean Festival
Karrie met the love of her life when she was set up on a blind date with Jeff Clark. They talked all night long. Karrie said she had never met a man with a kinder, softer heart or a better head of hair! She was hooked! His plaid shirt didn’t hurt either, she loved that shirt! They were married on March 19, 1981, so they could spend the first day of Spring together as husband and wife. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple on March 19, 2013. When Jeff and Karrie met Karrie had 2 sons from a previous marriage and together they had a daughter.
Karrie enjoyed many jobs over the years. She especially loved working at Scottie’s Castle, Working with the physically and Mentaly disabled, as well as teaching yoga, and working at the hospital in Price, UT. She even helped designed headstones for a local monument company.
Karrie loved to dance! Her love of dance started when she was just 3 years old and stayed with her all throughout her life. She was on her highschool drill team and often told stories of how much fun she had going to competitions. She also loved to sing! Her voice soothed everyone who heard it! She loved theatre and drama and enjoyed being on stage any time she could. Whether it was hiking, camping or riding horses she had a great love for the outdoors. Karrie was most at home when she was out on an adventure; she even cut off a cast on her leg by herself just so she could go on a National Geographic photoshoot with a friend.
At the age of 25, she was diagnosed with Lupus. Forced to give up her life of adventure her focused turned to raising her 3, children. Karrie often said that having children was the best choice she ever made! With the physical limitations of Lupus she still found ways to take her children on mini adventures. Some of the found memories included digging for fossils or hunting for ancient treasures.
With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Karrie started studying medical textbooks when she was a child. Always reading through the latest research papers and medical journals it served her well in her visits with her Dr.s as they would often ask for her thoughts and opinions on what kind of treatments they should try. During her last stay in the hospital she even recognized the name of her nuclear radiologist because she had read a paper that he published a few years ago. To say he was surprised is an understatement!
This thirst for knowledge was passed onto her children as she homeschooled them for several years. She loved old books, poetry and she really loved her history and made sure that her children had a solid foundation of a Love of God and a Love of our Country.
Karrie was a deeply spiritual woman. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints her testimony of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and of our Heavenly Fathers plan of Happiness was very firm. She loved family history and working on her genealogy! She spent hours upon hours making sure that all the records were accurate and that every person was accounted for. Often running out of ink and paper as she would print her ancestors records and spread them across her bed to get a better picture of their life and histories and to check for inaccuracies. She knew her ancestors, and would often tell their stories in everyday conversations.
Karrie had a huge heart and was always concerned more about others than herself. If you met her, and she loved you, you knew it! Her love was unconditional, and all encompassing! She was loved by many and will be deeply and dearly missed.
Survived by Her Loving husband Jeffrey George Clark. Son, Victor Karcich. Son, Derrick (Cacci) Karcich. Daughter, Kathryn (Les) Martin, adopted Daughter, Shalynda (Damien) Dean, Mother, Katherine Mason. Sister, Tawnia (Michael) Glidwell. Sister in law, Sylvia Mason. Grandchildren, Kaden, Chandler, Sage, Ford, Coraline, and Bronco Karcich. Nephew’s Matthew Mason, and Noah Mason, and many other nieces, nephews and children that she cared for as much as her own.
Preceded in death by her Father Ervin Mason, and Her Brother’s Scott Ervin Mason and Curt E Mason
A viewing for friends and family will be held on Wednesday August 26th from 6:00pm-8:00 pm at Sundberg-Olpin Funeral Home located at 495 South State Street in Orem Utah. The Graveside service will be held on Thursday August 27th at 10:00am in the Vine Bluff Cemetery, 1200 North 400 East, Nephi.
The Clark family wants to give special thanks to Karrie’s amazing Dr. Dr. Garrett Smith and his sweet nurses and staff that have cared for her over the years. They also want to give a special thanks to “Dr.Bradley”, (as mom liked to call him) Bradley Nielson of Salus Hospice for his sweet and caring friendship, and support during her final weeks.
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