Rest In Peace Buddy!
Nigle Henry Clark
YAKIMA - Mr. Nigle Henry Clark, 62 went home to be with the Lord after years of fighting multiple health issues. His daughter Michelle (Clark) Calahan and her husband Don, granddaughter Elyssa Granger, Wendy Shoemaker his beloved companion, and his good friends Silva, Gary, Benny, Michelle and Barb were at his side as he passed.
Nigle was born in Yakima, Washington on October 12, 1948, the son of Harold Henry Clark Senior and Novella (Neville) Clark. He was the older of two sons, his brother Harold Henry Clark Junior of Goldendale, WA and one older sister Norella (Copper) Anderson of Wapato. His father died when he was eight years old, leaving Nigle to be the man of the family.
Nigle graduated from Naches High School in 1965 and proceeded to go into the Army. He served 4 years active duty from 1965-1973, and inactive duty from 1974-1978. He then moved to Goldendale to work for Columbia Aluminum from 1974-1985. When the plant shut down Nigle moved to Louisville, Kentucky to work for Commonwealth Aluminum from 1986-1990. He came back to Yakima in January of 1990 went to work for Detox and went back to college to get his degree in Criminal Justice Psychology. He went to work for Casa 91-93, a program that left no child behind. He later was contracted out to work in Granger School District through Merit Resource Services from 1993-2010. He started a Century 21 program with Farm Workers Clinic from 2002-2011. He was forced to retire in May 2011, due to his health.
Although Nigle had challenges in his life, he always used those challenges as a learning tool. He took his 21 years of AA and made recovery for others his life. He worked with adults and especially loved working with his students. Nigle had a unique way of working with children and became their counselor, friend and someone no student could forget. Nigle always went above and beyond for his students. He wanted them to smile, succeed, and live life to the fullest. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it, if he hadn't already given it away to someone else. His favorite motto was "you're not a bad kid, you just made bad choices." Nigle never left any kid behind, when it came to helping them, getting them through whatever problems or situations in life they were had at the time. Nigle would spend his own money to make sure these kids got to play sports, go on field trips, and sometimes just have a meal.
Nigle lived for sports. Over the years he coached women's softball, kid's football, kid's baseball, and kid's basketball. He even played baseball when he was kid and young adult.
Nigle was involved in the Granger Historical Society and helped with the 100 year centennial of Granger.
Nigle was a member of the Alki Angels for a number of years. Many of those members let us know that Nigle was always there for them when they needed him.
Outside of work and all of his dedication to all of his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and ATV rides. He was a huge part of starting a club, the Quad Squad, with his good friend Tim Dunn. This club was a huge success and has over a hundred members. In this club he has made many friends, which he has come to love very much. Nigle never met a stranger and treated everyone like they were his best friend. If you had a problem he would solve it.
Nigle became ill in October of 2009 & had been fighting his health ever since. With his daughter Michelle (Clark) Calahan and his beloved companion of 22 years Wendy Shoemaker they tried to make the 18 months of his life as comfortable as they could. This could not be done without working hand in hand together. Michelle would like to give a special thank you to Wendy for all the help she gave, because she could not have done it without you.
I would like to say, "THANK YOU" to Granger School District for the wonderful plaque dedication that you did for my father on June 23, 2011. It was greatly appreciated. Nigle planted a seed in each one of those kids. Remind them to bloom and keep on reseeding to make Nigle's garden of kids larger and larger, every year.
Nigle would greet everyone with a big smile and say "hey buddy, how's it going?" So here is to my dad, "Hey buddy, we all love and miss you already."
Nigle was preceded in death by his father Harold Henry Clark and his mother Novella Clark.
Survivors include his loving companion Wendy Shoemaker, his two children Michelle (Clark) Calahan and her husband Don; and Todd Cory Clark. He had 4 granddaughters, Ericka, Elyssa, Jenna, and Haley. Wendy's daughter Heidi (Tim) Hibbs. Nigle had a brother Harold Clark Junior and sister Norella (Cooper) Anderson, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers their will be a trust fund set up at US Bank for the Nigle Clark keeps on helping kids. All funds can be deposited at any US Bank, by asking to deposit money into his account. There will be a donation box at the memorial also. There will be an annual fundraiser to continue my father's dream of helping kids that need help. This fund will help with field trips, shoes, books, physicals, etc...
Memorial Service will be held on July 23, 2011, at 7501 Bell Road, Moxee, WA. The memorial will start at 4:00 p.m. It will be a potluck; bring your own lawn chair and be prepared to celebrate Nigle's life with a good old fashioned picnic and listen to the stories about what a difference he made in people's lives. This is what he wanted, nothing formal, just like Nigle.
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