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Hertis Clark

November 1, 1955 ~ August 16, 2023 (age 67) 67 Years Old



Hertis Clark was the sixth child out of nine children: born to the union of
William and Mittie Mae Clark. Hertis life was full of color, with green being his favorite. In the early years Hertis didn’t talk much, he kept everything
inside until he was ready to express his brilliance to the world, through his
profound love for music and the arts. 

He attended Shaver Elementary school where he began to express his true love for the arts. Hertis was an intellectual and meticulous writer, always striving for perfection. Time was very important to Hertis; he was never late for anything. Hertis had very strong legs and loved to run. He would often have nightly street races with his siblings and made certain that he never finished last. Hertis was determined; inspirational, kind, peaceful, caring, humble, and informative. Hertis could spell anything and could keep you informed on any current event. He also had the most amazing memory, being able to remember things from decades ago, with very specific dates and times. Hertis had strong faith and believed he could do anything; and he could.

Hertis loved to cook. His specialties included homemade BBQ sauce, French onion soup, clam chowder, egg omelets, gingerbread, pot roast, and his favorite St. Patrick’s Day cake with iconic green frosting. Hertis was an extremely devoted learner and received his high school diploma in June of 1974 from the Portland Center. After high school Hertis excelled at work, working for, St. Vincent De Paul United Cerebral Palsy, Portland Habilitation Center. Hertis’s last employment was for Weyerhaeuser Corporation where he thrived as an employee and an individual. During his thirteenth-year tenure, Hertis received numerous awards for outstanding attendance and punctuality.

 During his later years in life, Hertis truly tapped into his artistic abilities. Attending Art Quake, where he received an award for a picture he illustrated, in a book entitled “Beginning With A”. Hertis loved recreating nearly anything that had to do with Oregon. He spent numerous hours creating logos. His
favorites included the Portland Trailblazers, Oregon Ducks, and Portland Timbers. He also enjoyed anything to do with TriMet. He spent many days traveling the city loved on TriMet and remembered every route on nearly every bus line. He was a Fan of TriMet; It meant freedom for him.

Hertis loved Blazer games, The Oregon Zoo, Japanese Garden, The World Forestry Center, Globetrotter games, the Starlite and Grand floral parade. Hertis was strong, resilient, amazing, brilliant, smart, innovative, and loved.

Hertis is preceded in death by his parents, William Clark Sr. And Mittie Mae Clark Sister Josephine Griffith Brother Gerry Clark.

He leaves to cherish his memory: Willie Joyce Clark, William Clark Jr, Harold Clark, Leonard Clark, Wanda Lynn Clark, Brenda Lee Clark and a host of relatives.


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Public Viewing
September 5, 2023

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Love Temple Church of God in Christ
8660 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Celebration of Life
September 5, 2023

10:00 AM
Love Temple Church of God in Christ
8660 N Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203

Graveside Service
September 5, 2023

1:00 PM
Skyline Memorial Gardens
4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229


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