CLIFTON – Clark Lewis Sands Sr., 76, left this earth peacefully at home Jan. 8, 2014, to spend eternity with his Heavenly Father. He was born April 11, 1937, in Caribou, the son of Rufus and Evelyn (Wardwell) Sands.
He was the 12th child of 19 and grew up knowing the meaning of hard work. Clark served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years and was a carpenter by trade. He took great pride in his workmanship. He was actually a Jack of all trades, never sitting still and always working on a project. He loved tending a large garden and even in his later years was able to find a way to grow tomatoes and cucumbers. Clark married his loving wife, Joan in 1990 and they spent many happy years together. His family will always remember his loving, kind, and patient ways and the times he would sing and play his guitar.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; six sons, Dennis of Bangor, Randy of Holden, Clark Jr. and wife, Debra, of Bangor, Todd of Newburgh, Troy of Kenduskeag, and Jeff and wife, Doreen, of Carmel; one daughter, Penny Theriault of Old Town; one stepson, Danny Copeland of Brewer; two stepdaughters, Lisa Tardiff and husband, Mike, of Eddington, and Denise Long and husband, Kevin, of Brewer; several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; eight siblings and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and ten siblings, Clark was predeceased by his first daughter, Laurie Sands.
A Service of Remembrance will be held noon Monday, Jan. 13, at Messiah Baptist Church, 985 Union St., Bangor, with the Rev. Herman Franklin officiating. Friends may call 11 a.m. until time of the service. A graveside service will be conducted in the spring at Waugh Cemetary, Levant.