Harvey Clark was born in Nampa, Idaho, where he lived with his parents and two siblings until they moved to Tigard, Oregon in 1960. Harvey graduated from Tigard High School in 1962. Harvey married his wife Edie on September 18, 1965 at Tigard Methodist Church. They were married by Leonard Woods, father of family friends Greg and Kevin Woods.
Family was top priority to Harvey and prior to taking over Clark Lumber and True Value in 1981, Harvey worked a variety of jobs in order to provide for his young family, including positions at National Appliance, Peerless, The Memorial Coliseum and Clark Auto Parts. Through these jobs, he would acquire the trades he would use for the rest of his life: welding, painting and detailing cars, as well as repairs and handy-work. After working this variety of jobs, Harvey’s deepest pride was in Clark Lumber and True Value. Harvey headed Clark Lumber for over 30 years, where he employed countless friends and community members, survived flood and fire, and provided resources for those in need. To this day, Clark Lumber remains a staple part of Tualatin and surrounding communities.
Outside of work, Harvey loved his church family. Harvey and Edie began attending Southwest Church of Christ in November of 1973, where they would continue to attend to present day. For over ten years, Harvey drove buses of teens down to City of Children in Ensenada, Mexico in the summer where he would oversee mission trips and serve in communities. When his work life became too demanding, he retired as chaperone, but continued quietly serving in his church home.
Over the years, he also sang in countless barbershop quartets, the most recent being a group called “Recycled.” He was also a longtime member of the Sentaires barbershop chorus. When he wasn’t singing with his barbershop buddies, you could find him out in his shop working on one of many project cars, or walking laps at car shows and swap meets.
Harvey is survived by wife Edie, son Tim, daughter Stacey, granddaughter Hanna, and his dog Ted, as well as his brother Jerry, niece Jill and nephews Andrew and Nicholas. He is preceded in death by parents Max and Mary, as well as his sister, Karen.
In lieu of flowers (those who knew Harvey knew flowers were not his style), donations will be accepted to Southwest Missions, to support continued work in the mission field. Checks can be made out to Southwest Church of Christ Missions. These can also be collected at the celebration of life.