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Daniel Edwin “Skeeter” Clark III

Daniel Edwin “Skeeter” Clark III, 62,  died at his home in Silver Lake on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
Skeeter was born to Daniel and Gladys (Eckersell) Clark in Idaho Falls, Idaho on April 6, 1950. He grew up on the Railroad Ranch, a working cattle ranch in Island Park, Idaho. At an early age, Skeeter displayed a wonderful ability with horses and a great “cow sense”.
When Skeeter was 10, the family moved to the ZX ranch in Paisley. From the time he was about 12, he spent his summers doing what would become his life’s work, working cattle on the ranch.
Shortly before graduating from high school, his family moved to Story, Wyo., where he graduated from high school in 1969. Shortly after graduation he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Corps he married Judy Banning. They had three children, Tommy, Lee and Clayton.
After his time in the military, Skeeter and his family spent many years working for the ZX and many other ranches in Oregon, Montana, Nevada and Arizona.
Sadly, Skeeter’s oldest son, Tommy drowned at the age of 12.
After Skeeter and Judy divorced, he spent many years with his second family, Val Emery and her son, Steve. Skeeter continued to work on cattle ranches around the west. In his later years, he lived in Jordan Valley.
He once spent nearly a year in a body cast because of an injury. Because of his many injuries received over the years working cattle, it became difficult for him to continue to cowboy so he became a saddle maker.
The last couple years of his life were spent in Silver Lake, close to the part of the country he always loved the best.
Skeeter was among the last of a dying breed, the true American cowboy.
He was preceded in death by his father; son Tommy.
Skeeter is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Lee and Christine Clark of Morgantown, Ky. and Clayton and Swan Clark of Tucson, Ariz.; mother Gladys Clark of Sheridan, Wyo.; brother Jeff Clark of Ogden, Utah; sister Peggy Clark; nine grandchildren; best friend Val Emery and her son Steve.
A memorial service was held at Desert Rose Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Contributions in the memory of Skeeter may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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