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L. Jay Clark Jr.

L. Jay Clark Jr.L. Jay Clark Jr., age 84 of Malvern, died Thursday Oct. 20, 2011, in Aultman Hospital. 

Born Sept. 1, 1927, in Bergholz, he was a son to Luther Jay and Mary (Merryman) Clark. 

A local attorney for 55 years, he graduated from Muskingum College and William McKinley Law School in 1956.  Upon moving to Minerva he began his career in the office of J. Lee Pickering Law office in 1962.  Over the years practicing law in Minerva, he served as Treasurer for the village of Minerva, was a member of the Stark County Bar Assoc. and the Ohio State Bar Assoc.  With the addition of two of his children to the firm, it is now known as Clark, Clark, and Chaddock Law Office.  He is a member of Minerva First Presbyterian Church where he was a Sunday school teacher, an Elder and served on various committees. He was a charter member of Minerva Kiwanis where he served twice as president and was "Kiwanian of the Year."  He was a member of Bayard Grange, Minerva Chamber of Commerce, served on Carroll County Commission on Aging and in 1995 was named "Person of the Year" in Minerva by all area service clubs.  He was past director for Stark County Young Republicans, past director of American Red Cross, Minerva Chapter, and charter member and first president of the 20/30 Club. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Wey) Clark whom he married July 16, 1963; four children, Cathy (Marshall) Poland of Raleigh, NC, Robert (Jan) Clark, Thomas Clark and Susan (Joseph) Chaddock, all of Minerva; and eight grandchildren, Courtney and Bryce Poland, Mackenzie and Evan Clark, Ellie, Jay, Luke and Nick Chaddock.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 25  at 11 a.m. in Minerva First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ben George and Rev. Virginia Birks officiating.  Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.  Calling hours will be Monday 5-8 p.m. in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva.  Memorial contributions may be made to Minerva Community Foundation, c/o 201 N. Market St., Minerva for scholarships, (checks should be written to "MACCTA").  Those unable to attend may sign the register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.

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