The Dixon Volunteer Fire Department lost a beloved member‚ Leslie L. Clark‚ on January 20‚ 2011‚ leaving his colleagues saddened‚ yet blessed to have worked alongside him. Leslie was a member of the Dixon Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 years and at the time of his death had achieved the rank of captain. He had a positive influence on young firefighters and served as a mentor to many. He was looked upon as a leader by his colleagues. He was instrumental in building a branch firehouse in his hometown of Brinktown‚ Missouri‚ and recruiting volunteer firemen to serve the rural community.
Leslie was the owner and operator of Clark’s TV Sales & Services‚ as well as a farmer. It was not unusual for him to provide free services‚ not only to local churches and other organizations‚ but to individuals who he knew were struggling to pay their bills. He was a member of the Camp Ground Christian Church and served on several community boards and committees.
He enjoyed traveling‚ bowling‚ fishing‚ reading westerns‚ playing cards‚ and being with his family. He never met a stranger. He always said hello whether he knew you or not.
He was married to his wife‚ Lydia‚ for over 56 years. Lydia died unexpectedly two weeks after Leslie. Leslie and Lydia raised four children‚ Randy‚ David‚ Tina and Michael. They had eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Leslie died while driving a fire truck to a structure fire. All of his life Leslie firmly believed in helping others. He was a kind and humble man. He is remembered as a great and loving father and a man who never hesitated to give of himself to help others.