Dr. Dean V. Clark, 95
Owatonna/Elmore Dr. Dean V. Clark, age 95, of Owatonna passed away very peacefully while listening to his favorite 40’s “Glenn Miller Band” just after sunset, June 14, 2020, at Homestead Hospice House in Owatonna.
Dean was born March 21, 1925, in Elmore, to John H. and Wilma (Smith) Clark. He was the fourth of five children, Lucille, Doris, and Bud with Carmen being the youngest. He graduated from Elmore High school in 1943, where he excelled in athletics including track, basketball and football, also achieving several ‘All State’ squads; band music, playing clarinet and saxophone; and academics. In his yearbook he was noted to be quite the “Romeo” although he found his ‘true love’ early on while yet in high school. Betty (Poetter) lived nearby in Blue Earth. They courted throughout high school and his undergraduate studies at Marquette University where he qualified for the World War Two Naval V-12 Program. This program accelerated academics from four years to two years. He graduated one of three pre-dental students while also playing on the Men’s Marquette Basketball team. Dean attended the University of Minnesota Dental School starting in 1945 graduating with honors May of 1949. He received the American Academy of Dental Medicine award for outstanding academics which elected him to Beta Beta Chapter of National Dental Honor Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He graduated second in his class.
Dean and Betty were united in marriage Thanksgiving break 1947. They shared a home on University Avenue with several other married Dental students. After graduation, Dean embarked on his Navy career proudly serving his Country. Quite a few moves from East to West coast sparked Dean and Betty’s love of traveling. During the Korean War, Dean’s ship USS Glenn traveled through the Panama Canal from the North Sea to Naval Exercises in the Pacific. Dean was the ship’s Dentist and Oral Surgeon…Lt S.G. DDS. In 1952, Dean and Betty moved to Owatonna to join Dean’s brother Bud in his dental practice. For the next two decades they practiced together while also helping build the Professional Building in Owatonna. To this day, Dean also had many agriculture investments. 1953 brought the birth of son Jay, followed by daughter, Jan, in 1960. Along with starting a family at the age of 27, Dean began his love affair with golf….actively playing until the age of 93!
Dean was a true ball nut in every sense of the word. He was an avid pheasant hunter and took pride in training his black lab, Kari. He downhill skied with many trips with friends out to the Rockies. Later in life, he was known around Owatonna and Bonita Beach Florida for his early morning walks.
Dean, Betty, Jay and Jan were the quaint essential all American family as parents. Extremely supportive to all their family members. Showing up every “parents day,” concerts and ball games throughout college years as well as into their grandchildren’s lives…1986 the birth of granddaughter, Jessica, the daughter of Jan and 1987 the birth of grandson, Tyler, the son of Jay. One of each, no need for any more! Dean was an active member of the Owatonna Elks Club for 68 years. He was also an active member of the Owatonna United Methodist Church. Although Dean was ambitious and insightful business wise, he was kind, gentle, very patient and generous. Betty passed away in 2006 which left Dean learning to navigated alone. Betty would have been proud! He will be truly missed by family and friends.
Dean is survived by his daughter, Jan (Scott Bjore) Clark-Bjore of Buffalo and granddaughter, Jessica Bjore; son, Jay (Tammy Soma-Clark) Clark of Rochester and grandsons, Tyler Clark and Jeremy Soma; numerous nieces and nephews; close friends and extended Homestead Hospice family.
Celebration of life was held Friday, June 19, 2020, at Michaelson Funeral Home in Owatonna. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna. Memorials can be directed to Owatonna Homestead Hospice. They are an outstanding staff and organization. The family is forever grateful for their tender loving care!