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Obituary for Laurence E. "Larry" Clark


Laurence “Larry” E. Clark, 72, of La Crosse, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born Sept. 25, 1945, in Geneva, N.Y., to Albert and Frances (Munger) Clark of Hall, N.Y. Larry attended Gorham High School until his junior year and then Geneva High School, graduating in 1963. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, Larry moved to La Crosse to attend the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. In 1968, Larry followed in his brother’s footsteps in law enforcement, joined the La Crosse Police Department attaining the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned patrol duties and was the Director of Training for several years. In 1988, he left the La Crosse Police Department and became the Chief of Police of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, a position he held for ten years. He then worked part-time for the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department serving papers, doing prisoners transfers, and assisting as a court officer. Larry also served as a Deputy Medical Examiner for many years. Larry was a graduate of UW-La Crosse with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree. In 2000, Larry received a divine call to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Crosse to serve as its first Parish Staff Minister. Larry attended ministry certification classes at Martin Luther College and attained his certification in 2005. On July 19, 1969, he married Martha Lampert and together they had three children, Ryan, Cory, and Katie. Best known for his shooting ability, Larry won over 250 shooting awards and these include 11 state champion awards. He was also a bit of a prankster at the police department and probably best known for the loaded cigarette incident at the Country Kitchen. Larry was active in his church and was involved in youth programs, bible studies, choir, home and hospital devotions, and jail ministry. As a police officer, he was involved in Special Olympics. Larry was also a Rotarian, a member of the American Legion Post 52, the Vietnam Veterans of America, National Rifle Association, Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Wisonsin Law Enforcement Officers Association, Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries, and the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police. Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons, Ryan (Teresa) Clark and Cory (Crystal) Clark; one daughter, Katie (Michael) Schultz; five grandchildren, Alicia and Alison Clark, Finnian Clark, and Nicolas and Kayla Schultz; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Clark of Shortsville, N.Y.; one brother-in-law, R.B. Herrington of Lima, N.Y.; and many cousins. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Carol Herrington; and one brother, Alan Clark. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2018, at Mt. Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church, 1411 So. 16th St., La Crosse. Rev. Robert Wassermann will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Barre Mills. A visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or Luther High School. Jandt Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.