Gary J. Clark

Gary J. Clark

Gary J Clark, age 62 of Monona passed away on Thursday Jan. 26, 2017 at home. He was born on June 30, 1954 in Madison, the son of William and Susan Clark. Gary was a career Firefighter/EMT for the Monona Community for 35 years. During those years, Gary has saved countless lives, brought babies into the world, saved homes and businesses, and remained a calm and compassionate voice when people were going through their most challenging times.

He selflessly served the community all his life, be it teaching school children about fire safety, clearing snow for neighbors, or checking in on those in need. He was always ready to lend a steady hand and an open heart –in an emergency or in everyday projects. He was a lifelong adventurer, golfer, fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman who loved the peace of the forest and waters. His sense of humor, passion for dancing , and huge heart have lightened the load for any who were lucky enough to call him friend.

He is survived by his children, Matthew Clark, and Melissa Clark; Grand-daughter Alyse; Sisters, Gail Clark Musillami, Julie Clark, and Colleen Clark; friend Sandy Schwartzer; Nieces and Nephews, Laura (Brian) Faust, Tamara Musillami, Jeramie Hurley, Kate (Dave) Munson, Clark Hurley;Alex , Ryan, and Spencer Bernhardt; dear cousins, family, and countless close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother William R. Clark, Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 2:00pm on Friday, February 3, 2017. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 11:00am until the time of service of Friday.

“Dance as if this is the last dance. Dance with abandon, holding nothing back. That will bring transformation to your being, and a possibility of transformation for other people too.” Rajneesh
Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608) 221-5420