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Clark Charles Painter

September 22, 1945 ~ December 3, 2018 (age 73)

Mr. Clark Charles Painter, 73, of Opelika, Alabama passed away at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital Monday, December 3, 2018.

Mr. Painter was born September 22, 1945 in Lewiston, Idaho. He was raised at Sweetwater Creek at Webb, growing up on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, he developed a deep appreciation of their culture. He loved playing on the creek with his siblings in the humble valley where he grew up. He graduated from Lapwai High School in 1963 and attended Spokane Community College and later graduated from Boise State University. He was also a lifelong employee to the US Soil Conservation Service, from which he retired as a Regional Budget Director. His career with the Soil Conservation Service took him from Boise, Idaho to Lincoln, Nebraska, then to Little Rock, Arkansas and on to Gainesville, Florida and finally to the Auburn/Opelika area. He enjoyed woodworking, making beautiful stained glass pieces, vegetable and rose gardening, and watching hummingbirds as he would talk to them, daily, as they flitted around. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and could talk for hours, about life and how he imagined heaven would be, with his good friend Jerry Wood. He loved Elvis and most of the music of that era, and would occasionally visit Graceland with is children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, in 2015; his daughter, Angie Painter; and his parents: Charlie and Louise Painter.

He is survived by his daughter, Jodi (Ian) Crane; grandchildren: Dawson and Daniel of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Gayle Painter of Lewiston, Idaho; and his brothers: Lloyd (Pat) of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Ray (Donna) Painter of Walla Walla, Washington; and a special friend, Jerry Wood of Opelika. He is also survived by his beloved cats: Tigger, Scooter and Coco.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Reverend Clint Capps is officiating.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing.

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