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Funeral for Tallahassee Boater David Clark - Slide Show

By: FWC Release; WCSO Release; Jerry Askin Email
By: FWC Release; WCSO Release; Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE 08-19-2011 at 5:00pm

Friends say anyone who knew David Clark knew he was a family man and loved to go fishing. And he had a real desire to help others.

"I know that he's with the Lord now. He's probably fishing everyday and loving every minute of it," says Jeanie Hunson, friend of David Clark.

"A blessing to anyone's life that he touched. He was an awesome person and this is a real tragedy. And his wife is super and we're going to miss him a great deal," says Teejay Hill, Clark's friend.

One by one, hundreds of people signed the guest book at his funeral Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard found Clark's body Tuesday evening in the Gulf Waters after he never returned home from a fishing trip Monday morning.

"David was such a wonderful, giving man. A man of few words, but always there to help at anytime there was a need. And he had strong faith," says Curtis Clark - David Clark's pastor.

Everyone we spoke with said Clark was a very compassionate man that touched many lives. And he'll never be forgotten.

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[UPDATE] 8-19 10am -

Eyewitness News is at the funeral service for 61-year-old fisherman David Clark at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

A preliminary autopsy shows a Tallahassee boater whose body was found late Tuesday evening was the victim of a drowning.

We have pictures from the funeral. Click on the "Photos" tab above.

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[UPDATE] 8-18 Noon -

A preliminary autopsy shows a Tallahassee boater whose body was found late Tuesday evening was the victim of a drowning. We now know the plans for his funeral.

Funeral services for 61-year-old fisherman David Clark will be held at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

The services are tomorrow morning (8/19/11)at 10:30am.

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UPDATE 08-17-2011 at 6:20pm by Jerry Askin

Preliminary autopsy results show 61 year old Clark's cause of death may have been a drowning. He went fishing early Monday morning and never returned home.

FWC and US Coast Guards found his body Tuesday evening floating in the water near the Wakulla /Jefferson County Line.

"It's still taking me a while to get used to it, because he's a good friend and a good coworker," says Larry Register.

Larry Register worked with Clark for more than 30 years.

"David actually got me turned on to fishing on the coast. He actually started taking me down there and fishing, he actually got me interested in fishing," says Register.

Clark retired from the City's Electric department in 2004. His co-workers only have good things to say about him.

"David was a family man and I know that he and his wife spent a lot of time traveling and they enjoyed life together," says Gary Oberschlake.

Gary Oberschlake worked with Clark for more than 20 years.

"He's one in a thousand, he's one of those people who will definitely be missed because of it's outlook on life," says Oberschlake.

Of course we will keep following this story and bring you the latest information as it becomes available.
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[UPDATE] 8-17 - Noon -

No word yet on whether an autopsy is being performed today on the body of a Tallahassee boater.

61-year-old David Clark's body was found on the evening of August 16. Family members say he went fishing early Monday morning and never came home. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials found Clark's body floating in Gulf waters near the Wakulla/Jefferson County line.

His loved ones are still in shock because they say he's no rookie to fishing.

"He loves it and he's good at it, so I'm kind of amazed that this happened," says Lee Skornia, friend of David Clark.

"He was just a sweet person, someone you can tell your troubles to and someone you could have fun with," says Dianna Williams, another friend of Clark.

Clark retired from the city of Tallahassee after working in the Electric Department for over 30 years. We're waiting to hear back from the Florida Wildlife Commission for the latest on the investigation into what caused his death.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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[UPDATE] 8-17 - Noon -

No word yet on whether an autopsy is being performed today on the body of a Tallahassee boater.

61-year-old David Clark's body was found on the evening of August 16. Family members say he went fishing early Monday morning and never came home. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials found Clark's body floating in Gulf waters near the Wakulla/Jefferson County line.

His loved ones are still in shock because they say he's no rookie to fishing.

"He loves it and he's good at it, so I'm kind of amazed that this happened," says Lee Skornia, friend of David Clark.

"He was just a sweet person, someone you can tell your troubles to and someone you could have fun with," says Dianna Williams, another friend of Clark.

Clark retired from the city of Tallahassee after working in the Electric Department for over 30 years. We're waiting to hear back from the Florida Wildlife Commission for the latest on the investigation into what caused his death.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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UPDATE 08-16-2011 at 11:15pm by Jerry Askin

Imagine going fishing and never returning home. That's exactly what happened to 61-year old David Clark. And his family and friends say they never saw this coming.

"He's just been a close friends and we fished together for many many years," says Ms. Millie who has known Clark for over 30 years.

Ms Millie can still recall the last time she saw her church member and dear friend David Clark. But now she'll only share memories of him.

"I can remember us fishing together on the flats, and he's a good fisherman," says Ms. Millie.

Just before 7 Tuesday evening, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials found David Clark's body floating in the waters near the Wakulla/Jefferson County line.

Family and friends say he went fishing Monday morning and he never returned home.

"I just talked to David the day before he went missing and I asked him when's the last time you've been fishing David?" says Dianna Williams - friend of Clark.

David was an active member at the Thomasville Baptist Church and retired from the city of Tallahassee after working in the Electric Department for over 30 years.

"He was just a sweet person, someone you can tell your troubles to and someone you could have fun with," says Williams.

Coast Guard's found Clark's boat on found Monday evening. But friends and family are still in shock to hear he went missing because they say he's no rookie to fishing.

"He loves it and he's good at it, so I'm kind of amazed that this happened," says Lee Skornia, friend of David Clark.

WCTV will continue to follow this story and bring you more as it becomes available.
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UPDATE 8-16-2011 7pm

FWC says they just recovered the body of missing Tallahassee boater.

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A search is under way for a Tallahassee man who failed to return from a fishing trip Monday in Apalachee Bay.

David Richard Clark, 61, launched his 18-foot Carolina skiff Monday morning at Lighthouse Boat Ramp in Newport. He was due back around 1 p.m. A friend reported him missing about 6:30 p.m.

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and U.S. Coast Guard responded and began a search of the area. They located Clark’s drifting, unoccupied vessel about 11:30 p.m. Monday.

“Based on the GPS onboard his vessel, we know the vessel made several sharp turns and the location of those turns, and then the vessel began drifting,” said FWC Maj. Dave Pridgen. “The search is centered in an area three to four miles south of where the Aucilla River enters the bay.”

Pridgen said the search continues and has been aided by several volunteers.

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Crawfordville, Florida - August 16, 2011 -

A report of an overdue boater was reported at approximately 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. The male boater left from the St. Marks Lighthouse to go fishing. His vessel was recovered on the east flats but he was not in it. The fisherman’s vehicle was observed at the St. Marks Lighthouse boat ramp.

The case is being investigated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as a search and rescue. The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office has the Marine Unit and a diver on standby if needed.

FWC has four boats out and the U.S. Coast Guard has a boat out as well.


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