Mark Barclay Gardner, 87, passed away of prostate cancer on October 3, 1996 in Olympia, Washington, in the home of his daughter, Kathleen G. Conrad.
He lived in Spanish Fork, Utah for 22 years until moving to Washington in March, 1996. Mr. Gardner was born on November 12, 1908 in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Brigham Evensen Gardner and Margaret Roxburgh Barclay. He married Ruth Stoker June 4, 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.He was an active member of the LDS church serving in Sunday School, Bishopric, and genealogical positions, and was a neighborhood commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Physics in 1930 and attended Columbia University. He joined the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York City in 1930. Bell Labs later moved to Murray Hill, New Jersey. He was loaned to the U.S. Public Health Service in 1936 to promote hearing testing in the nation, and worked under a National Defense Research Committee contract during World War II to develop the acoustic torpedo, an important antisubmarine weapon. His work in physics and psycho-acoustics included speech and hearing studies, audiometry, echo suppression in satellite communication, hands free telephony, and localization. He published 30 papers and held six U.S. patents. He was a fellow in both the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America. Mark retired after 43 years of service with Bell Labs and returned to his boyhood home in Spanish Fork in 1974.
Mark is survived by his four children: Mrs. Thomas (Margaret) Gage of Montgomery, Alabama; Mrs. Evan (Janet) Stoddard of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Daniel (Kathleen) Conrad of Olympia, Washington; and Mr. Robert Stoker Gardner of Lenexa, Kansas. He has 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Reed Barclay Gardner of Salt Lake City, Utah; and his sister, Mrs. Ralph (Elaine) Wood of Orem, Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Stoker in 1991, and by three brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 7, 1996 at 11 a.m. at the Spanish Fork 12th Ward Chapel, 310 East Center. A viewing will be held Sunday evening, October 6, 1996 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, and on Monday morning at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will be at the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.
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