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Obituary: M. Clark Newell


M. Clark Newell died on March 3, 2003, at home in Mona, UT.

He was born July 4, 1917, Mona, UT, to G.A. and Mary Jane Kay Newell. Clark received his nick-name "Sam" at birth because he was born 2 months after the US declared war on Germany in World War I. He was the family's own real "Sam" (for Uncle Sam). He graduated from Juab High School and Seminary. Graduated from BYU with a normal degree and taught for two years in the Uintah School District. Served a mission to the Eastern States for The Church of Jesus Christ for Latter-day Saints.

While serving on his mission, World War II began. After his mission, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and became an officer and pilot. He flew combat cargo transports in India, Burma, and Chinaincluding flying over the Hump into China.

After the war he graduated with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Brigham Young University.

He was principal and teacher at Levan School. He taught at Juab High School and served as principal for 17 years. He served as Juab School District clerk for a couple of years, and was appointed acting-superintendent for two years after Superintendent Menlove's accident. He served as superintendent of Juab School District for 10 years before retiring in 1983.

He was active in the church and community all of his life: Mona Town Board; Lions Club (including Zone chairman); High Priests Group Leader, Executive Secretary, Ward Clerk, teachers; served in the Utah House of Representatives; and was Grand Marshall of the Ute Stampede parade. Clark always said he has three families in one. He married Helen Carter Norton on October 2, 1947, in Spring Lake, UT, who had two children: Saundra (Fred) Lawrence, Spanish Fork; and Ronald (Shirley) Newell, Nephi. Clark and Helen had two children: Mary Jane (Blair) Warner, Payson, and Paula (Mark) Soderborg, Ephraim. Clark married Shirleen Slack on June 20, 1960, in the St. George Temple. They have two children: Matthew Clark (Rea) Newell, Decatur, IL, and Allyn (Mark) Malan, North Ogden. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by his wife Helen, one great- grandchild, as well as his brothers and sisters: Rulon K. Newell, Lela V. Bryan, Lona Warner, Donna Gannon, William Newell, and Harry K. Newell.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2003 in the Mona LDS Chapel. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North Nephi and at the church one hour prior to the services. The Interment will be in the Mona Cemetery.