Ronda Clark, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her home on July 25, 2021.
Born January 9, 1947, in Vernal, UT, she was the oldest daughter of Lavell and Laura Simmons. Ronda grew up on the family farm in Naples where she lived until she was swept off her feet by her sweetheart Theron.
They were married on July 15th, 1965. As newlyweds they made their way around the west following work that took them from Heartline, Washington to Gillette, Wyoming and many other places in between, before finally settling for many years in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
This was where they raised their children, and where she learned how to do pottery as a student at Western Wyoming Community College. This would become one of the great loves of her life and she excelled at it.
After becoming an accomplished potter herself, she went on to teach others the joy of working with clay at the same college she had learned from. She loved the arts and dedicated much of her life to her craft and used it to help others in various ways, including donating annually to the Empty Bowls program.
She was among a handful of artists commissioned to create pottery for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2002 they moved to Colorado for work. Here they were able to establish T&R Trucking. This would become a great opportunity for them as it allowed them to have most of their children work with and live very close to them.
After retiring in 2011, Ronda spent most of her time reading and doing her pottery. While in Colorado she became a member of the Grand Junction Clay Arts Guild and enjoyed the many shows and workshops that she was able to attend. She adored her grandchildren, and relished in the time she was able to spend with them.
She leaves behind her husband of 56 years, Theron J. Clark, her children Dan(Jodie) Clark of Cleveland TX, Duane Clark of Reliance WY, Jennifer(Mike) Farnworth of Ely NV, Lauralee(Scott) Patton of Rapid City SD, including 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, brothers Fen(Karin) Simmons of Kennewick, WA, Randy(Darcy) Simmons, Greg(Dawnette) Simmons, and David Simmons all of Vernal Utah. Ronda was preceded in death by her mother and father as well as her daughter-in-law Toni Clark.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 11:00 am at Callahan Edfast Mortuary and Crematory, 2515 Patterson Rd, Grand Junction CO 81505. Online: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89578306089?pwd=dkZqQUJZa2twdkVMYzhOcVlFWU9qQT09, Meeting ID: 895 7830 6089 — Passcode: 699142.