After suffering a heartbreaking and gut wrenching battle with Liver Cancer he passed away the early morning of December 26th, 2020 at his home with his loving family near him.
Born in St. Helena, CA to Amelia R. Cable and Forrest Cable. He was the youngest of 11 children (thus far). He grew up traveling with his family from town to town through the state of California and nearby regions. He had quite the adventurous childhood, where he grew his love, appreciation and respect of nature, for the great outdoors, all the beautiful gifts from Mother Nature, the environment, animals, beaches and bodies of water, especially the ocean, sunsets and the Moon. Sky watcher, Star Gazer. He enjoyed playing on the beach, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and diving in the ocean. He loved everything Nautical.
As an adult, two of his favorite places to enjoy such activities were Maui, Hawaii and right here in Northern California at Tomales Bay- which was his sanctuary. He cared about the well being and protection of the environment, wildlife, and people. He did his part to continually keep a look out, and was very conscientious to do his part to help keep the beaches, water, and the Bay, clean and safe. He used his boating skills to rescue boaters/kayakers/swimmers or should I say non swimmers, in trouble. He quite literally saved peoples lives because he cared and he could. He did this in life. He never turned a blind eye to someone in need of help. He would do whatever he could to lend a hand, the food on his plate, or the shirt off his back, if need be. He didn’t judge people by their background, or status, he just accepted them, showed them love, concern, generosity, and always hospitality. He always had a warm smile or kind word to offer. He would share whatever he had even if it wasn’t much. He’d give what he had. He would always make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable.
Along with his love of the sea was his love of seafood, and he was passionate about cooking/preparing and eating BBQ Oysters (a lot of them). Another area where his kindness, generosity, hospitality and creative flair stood out. He took great pride and joy in preparing and serving his guests, whether family, friends, neighbors, or clients the very best “Horny Oysters”. He and his wife had a season vending his tent at the Sonoma Tuesday Night Farmer’s Market and the Sonoma Valley Vintage Festival. Everyone who tried them tended to agree they really were the Best!!!
Truly an Artist in every sense of the word. He was a sensitive soul, a passionate man. He was always bringing joy and beauty to the world around him. A lover of aesthetic beauty, a nature boy, a foodie, an artisan, a cook, an innovator, a creator, a rebel, a dreamer, a protector and a family man. He had a tremendous enthusiasm for living life and jubilant expression for it. He could appreciate the finer things in life but was also just as happy and content with the simple basics. He was creative, playful, free-spirited, resourceful, fun, courageous, adventurous, open-hearted, open minded, strong willed, compassionate, kind, loving, affectionate, giving, generous, hospitable, humorous, friendly, helpful, intelligent, wise, and caring.
He was also a rebel. He could be stubborn and defiant. He did things his way. He believed very strongly in standing up for his rights and yours too. Fighting for justice, for what is right and for common sense. He cared so much about the environment, nature, and the well being, health and safety of his family, his friends, his community and the world at large. He would stick up for you and not afraid to take a stand or make a point, to speak up and to speak out against injustice or stupidity, to do what needed to be done or said. What was right.
He was a music lover. Bob Marley and Santana were two of his all time favorites. He loved all genres of music. He preferred to listen to it with the volume turned up loud.
Clark was an Artisan, Creator, Innovator, and Dreamer. His artistic endeavors included wood working and art. He made desks, fences, gazebos, birdhouses and even wine barrel dog houses. He was a painter and would decorate and adorn restaurant and shop windows and doors with fun, whimsical, playful, and pretty, Seasonal designs and Holiday Greetings. He learned the family trade of Christmas Painting as youngster from his father who was also an artist / Oil Painter. He carried it throughout his life making a career of it. He painted all over but mostly you could see his artwork in downtown Sonoma, Petaluma or Santa Rosa. He brought a lot of joy and holiday spirit to the world through his Seasonal paintings whether Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, or especially Christmas. He also painted murals and signs for Holidays too. He added beauty and decoration to everything he touched. He touched many different people in many different ways. He had the biggest, warmest smile. He was handsome with a great sense of style- he’d often wear a cool hat of one kind or another, coats, and boots. He was a unique and special individual. Truly an original.
Family meant everything to him. His beautiful wife of 52 years was his “life”. Always proud of his children and his grandchildren. They were a source of his greatest love. He showed so much love, protection, and felt such pride and gratitude for his family. He always liked to share with others too about what an amazing family he had. He would lend a hand whenever it was needed, lend an ear, an encouraging word or good advice, or to give a compliment to make you feel nice. He’d work to find and create solutions if you had a problem or issue to be solved.
Clark was always active, fit, vibrant and had such an enthusiasm for living life. He left too soon and will be dearly missed. Forever connected through our hearts. Our love for each other will live on and on as we have faith in meeting again some day. In the meantime, we will cherish the memories we have of our times shared with him. Rest in Peace Dear and Devoted Husband, Loving Father and Grandfather, Fun Friend and Brother, Caring Uncle, Considerate Neighbor and all around Good Hearted Man.
He is survived by his wife Renee, Daughter Denise, Son Brandon, Daughter n law Stacy and Grandsons Kaden and Bryce.
Sadly due to Covid Restrictions a Funeral was not planned at this time. His immediate family had a private Memorial to celebrate and remember him, on Saturday, January 23rd.
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Tomales Bay Watershed Council