Walter “Tookie” Clark, 68, has joined his parents and long remembered friends as he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 24, 2020. He was born on March 8, 1952.

Walt is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bernita; son Ryan, daughters Salina and Christine, son-in-law Jason, grandkids/partners in crime Maycee, Haley, Ethan and Clark; sisters Kathleen and Rebekah, and several nieces and nephews.

Walt will be remembered as being the love of Bernita’s life, wonderful father, the most amazing papa, awesome brother, friend to all and the good-humored rock that many in the community counted on with his various volunteer efforts. His occupations included being the cookie-bearer, pigeon rancher, hog farmer, taking the scenic route, storytelling, alleged card cheat (never caught), restaurant connoisseur, philanthropy through the Real Men’s Club and the CSBA, expert fisherman (see storytelling above), giant pumpkin grower, Sacramento tour guide and, when time permitted, a maintenance man at McGeorge School of Law for nearly 40 years.

His loss has brought a great sadness to all who ever heard his infectious laugh and who were lucky to have someone in their lives to miss so much.

A viewing to say goodbye was held at the Herberger Family Funeral Chapel in Elk Grove on Oct. 5, with the funeral at Franklin Cemetery on Oct. 6. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Sacramento Shriners Hospital for Children.

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