Obituary: Jackson Howe Clark

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11/30/1947 – 4/11/2024
Lawrence, Kansas

Jackson Howe Clark
Last seen on this earth April 11, 2024
Heading for the mountains
The old, orange backpack slung over his shoulder
Holding a knot book, rope, and some handy tools
Identifying trees as he walks
Asking questions along the way and listening more than talking
His long, strong legs can easily carry him now

Jackson’s journey began November 30, 1947. Born to Anna Marie (Howe) Clark and Charles “Woody” Clark, he arrived ten months after Butch, the brother he adored. Jackson grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas, graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School, then left Stanford University after one year to pursue other adventures. Fishing for halibut in Alaska, repairing sewing machines, sailing from Hawaii to the Bay Area, volunteering for VISTA in Delaware, and working in the prison library at El Reno, Oklahoma were all stops along the way.

Son Adam was born to Mary Bramble Clark and Jackson during his time building houses in Sandpoint, Idaho. Realizing he could not swing a hammer forever, Jackson earned a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and worked for Gould Evans Architects for many years.

Jackson leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Brigid Murphy, in the Old West Lawrence home they renovated. He was so proud of his daughter Aubin Marie Murphy, Los Angeles, his son Adam Bramble Clark, daughter-in-law Ellen, and grandchildren Izzy and Alex, of New York City. Jackson’s dear friend and cousin Debbie Howe Rascoll will host a Celebration of Life at Limestone, 814 Massachusetts St, on Thursday, April 25. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence Public Library.

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