In Memory

Wayne S. Clarke

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I had the blessing of visiting with Kathy Davis Clarke. The reason I say blessing is that she lifted me and blessed me in a time of need. I love Wayne Clarke and Kathy knows that and was able to comfort my sorrow. 

Kathy did correct some information that I may have passed on to you. Here is her account of what happened on Saturday evening. Wayne and Kathy were driving to dinner with some friends. Wayne was actually driving and they were on the west side of SLC on the Bangerter Highway. They were almost to their dining destination when Wayne told Kathy that he was not feeling well and having some "double vision". Wayne was able to negotiate their vehicle into the parking lot where the restaurant was located, but upon doing so, passed out. They called 911 and within about 10 minutes the paramedics showed up and took Wayne to the nearest medical facility. Upon their arrival at that facility they loaded Wayne onto a "Life Flight Helicopter" and headed for University of Utah Medical Center. Kathy, accompanied by her friends, drove to the U of U, and upon their arrival Kathy was met by the medical team and informed that it was unlikely that Wayne would "make it!" He suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and most likely had passed away within 10 minutes of actually "passing out" in the car.

In my conversation with Kathy she indicated that they were trying to make arrangements with Berg Mortuary to have the funeral this coming Saturday, April 21st. I have not received any information since then, but am anticipating that Bob Valentine will be sending a PHS '60 blast with all of the information.

I hope this finds you all well.

Blessings to everyone.

Jim Griffiths

PS: Several have called and asked for Kathy's phone #: 801.361.7203

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04/17/18 03:50 PM #1    

Robert Y Valentine

Obituary for Wayne Sabey Clarke

Wayne Sabey Clarke, 75, of Cedar Hills, passed away April 15, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the mortuary Friday, April 20, from 6-8:00 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. To view the full obituary and to express condolences to the family, visit

04/17/18 03:53 PM #2    

Robert Y Valentine




04/18/18 08:01 AM #3    

Robert Y Valentine

This was published on the Berg Mortuary site.  We do not know the name of the author.  Bob V.

I was one of Wayne’s fortunate young men from the Butler 11th Ward. I am not sure a year goes by that his name isn’t mentioned or remembered in reverence for the service and impact he had on my life. The young men that I have served from a half dozen other wards have heard me speak of my TQ advisor, Wayne Clarke. So many memories. So many moments of laughter. Lessons taught and lessons learned all thanks to his selfless service. I am always trying to serve like Wayne Clarke!


04/18/18 08:05 AM #4    

Robert Y Valentine

04/18/18 12:57 PM #5    

Robert Y Valentine

Obituary for Wayne Sabey Clarke

Wayne Sabey Clarke peacefully passed away Sunday, April 15, 2018, in the University of Utah Hospital, SLC, Utah, from a brain hemorrhage. He experienced no pain or suffering and was surrounded by his family when he quietly left his earthly adventures for all that lies ahead. 

Wayne was born on May 14, 1942, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, to Donald A. “Dick” and Della Sabey Clarke. Raised in Magrath, Alberta, Canada, and later in Provo, Utah, Wayne was an accomplished athlete who attended Joaquin and Maeser Elementary Schools, Farrer Junior High, Provo High School, Brigham Young University on a baseball scholarship, and the University of Utah.

Wayne’s earliest career was based out of Cedar City, Utah where he honed his master electrician skills repairing jukebox and pinball machines, but his keen intellect and intrigue with how things work (including the human body) led him into the medical field. He founded Clarke Surgical Supply in Salt Lake City, where he trained doctors from all over the world how to perform a variety of surgeries using “new” stapling techniques and laparoscopic procedures, as well as “shadowing” doctors in operating rooms who were performing heart and brain surgeries to ensure they “got it right.” His incredible experiences were later documented in his autobiographical novel, Pseudo Surgeon. His passions included his family, fly fishing, hiking, astronomy, pheasant hunting, traveling, and helping anyone he encountered that needed something fixed.

Wayne married Kathryn Davis Allman on August 23, 2013. They enjoyed several years together traveling and exploring China, South Africa, France, Italy, Peru, Japan, Hawaii, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the Danube River through Europe and New York City. He loved attending concerts and live theatre, ballroom dancing, bridge, and game nights with close friends and family. 

Wayne married Margaret Ann Sumsion on September 10, 1962. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and raised four children (and their friends) who grew up on countless Lake Powell trips, water skiing, snow skiing on the greatest snow on earth, star gazing and catching (or maybe exceeding) daily limits at Fish Lake, exploring national parks, motorhome trips throughout the western U.S. and Canada, and many other grand adventures. Wayne was also honored to have been involved with raising a full generation of young men and Scouts from the Butler 11th Ward.

Wayne is survived by his wife Kathy Davis Clarke, Cedar Hills, Utah; daughter Kelly Ann (David Kelly) Hewlett, Pleasant View, Utah; daughter Colleen (Derek) Marquis, Lindon, Utah; son Wayne Sumsion (Erin Owens) Clarke, Ladera Ranch, California; daughter Charlene (Jeff) Dawson, Heber, Utah; sister Shirley (Kay) Neilson, Creston, B.C., Canada; brothers Mark (Janet) Clarke, Orem, Utah; Lawrence (Carole) Clarke, American Fork, Utah; brother-in-law Lyle D. Patton, Orem, Utah; and sister-in-law Jacqueline Goetzinger Clarke. Wayne is also survived by Margaret Ann Sumsion, his wonderful Sumsion brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law as well as his many Clarke and Sumsion nieces and nephews and their families whom he loves dearly. 

Wayne loved the outdoors, loved life, loved Kathy, loved his family, loved his children and loved and adored his fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He truly lived his life adhering to the scripture in Mosiah 2:17, “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Wayne will be greatly missed by everyone who is privileged to know him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ramona (Lyle) Patton and his brother Donald S. (Jacqueline) Clarke.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Berg Drawing Room Chapel, 185 E. Center Street, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the mortuary Friday, April 20, from 6-8:00 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to services. Interment, Provo City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at


04/24/18 08:43 PM #6    

David Murdock

After talking with Jim Griffith today I Found out about Wayne's Passing. I was so sorry to hear this news as Wayne was always just a great guy and wonderful friend.  My best memories are right in this picture as Wayne and I played lots of Baseball together through much of our young lives. He was truly a gifted player, catcher and hitter, always trying to help others get better.  Because of my Army Career I was not able to spend much time with him, however when I would run in to him he was always interested in what I was doing and he always would make you feel you were more imporant than him. We would talk about the old days of playing and he often said he had this picture and had many fond memories. I am sure that he Family will miss him dearly but will have faith in knowing he was a wonderful man and the Lord will have a seat of honor ready for him.  Eileen and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to Kathy and family.  

Dave Murdock



05/09/18 12:04 PM #7    

Robert Y Valentine

Some of the classmates who attended Wayne's burial at the Provo Cemetary.

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