David Clark

David L. Clark

Saturday, August 20th, 1949 - Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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David L. Clark, 70, of Plattsburgh, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at the UVM-CVPH Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Bath, NY on August 20, 1949, the son of Lawrence and Alberta (Jones) Clark.
He was a Registered Nurse and retired as a Colonel from the United States Air Force after 30 years of service and known as the BUNAF to his fellow nurses, a term of endearment. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, he continued to work as a Registered Nurse for the State of New York until his full retirement. He was a devoted Catholic and proud to be a Deacon at St. John’s Church. Dave was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years serving several positions. He’ll be missed for his story telling, jokes and caring nature. In his free time, he continued to travel the world with his wife, Mary. Above anything else, he treasured his family and the time they spent together.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Kelly.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Mary (McMillan), their children; Matthew and his wife Teresa, Amy Clark, and Sarah Matthews and her husband Shawn, his grandchildren; Brody, Kyle, Caleb, and Amelia, and his sister, Jennette Mospaw.
Due to circumstances, services will be private for the family. A memorial Mass at St. John’s Church will be announced at a later date. Burial will be in Divine Mercy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be offered to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, N.Y. (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be at
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    Divine Mercy Cemetery
    Cumberland Head Road
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Rick Tripp

Posted at 05:58pm
To Mary, Matt, Amy, their spouses and children, and the entire extended family. I (we) share in your grief in the loss of Colonel David L. Clark, an American Patriot, Veteran, Mentor, Comade…but must importantly, Friend. I first met in 1978 at Scott AFB, IL where we flew together on many aeromedical missions abroad the USAF C-9A Nightingale. I was a very junior NCO and Dave a 1Lt. Dave (or as he was known best to most, “BUNAF” [“Biggest, Ugliest Nurse in the Air Force]) was a bear of a man with the gentlest of demeanors. He lit up a room when he entered and his booming voice let everyone kn he was present. My life was profoundly impacted by my association with Dave and I would’ve never become the man I am today if it weren’t for Dave Clark. He always pushed me to be my best and always knew I had “more in the gas tank”. He constantly “set me up for success” and placed me in demanding roles positions and roles, while throughout continually reassuring me with his ever-present confidence and support. We knew Dave would go far in the Air Force where he was a leader amount all and a friend to everyone. It was a sad day when I learned of his passing. I miss my Friend but still feel his spirit. My condolences to all…you are in our thought and prayers during this difficult time. Rick & Connie Tripp

Denise Augustine

Posted at 05:21pm
So sorry for your loss. Col Clark was my Chief Nurse at 9 AES, Yokota AB, Japan. We all loved him! He was an amazing leader, kind man & funny! Peace to your hearts. Denise Augustine

Chris Hudson

Posted at 01:11pm
The Final Flight

I searched along the ever changing edge,
where sky-pierced now the clouds had broken.
I saw no bird, no blade of wing,
no song was spoken.
I stood, my eyes turned upward still,
I drank in the air and breathed the light.
Then, like a hawk upon the wind,
I climbed the sky, I made the final flight.

Rest in peace Dave

MSgt Chris Hudson
57 AES 82-86, 92-93
375 AES 93-98
HQ AMC/SG 98-01

Judy Daly

Posted at 12:26am
He will be missed.

Judy Daly

Posted at 12:16am
Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Col Clark was a wonderful chief nurse and I loved my time working for him at the 9th AES in Yokota, Japan. We worked hard and played harder with BUNAF leading the way. He was one of my favorites.

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