Submitted by his family
Training Officer Douglas Clark Waters Jr. was a proud member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as a Seargent for the Cherokee County Fire/EMA Services and a member of the Georgia Smoke Divers. Prior to his role with Cherokee County‚ Clark worked as an Instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy for 4 years. Clark was a proud member of the United States Marine Reserves for 12 years.
Clark loved life and was dedicated to his family and his brothers in the Fire Service. As a Training Officer‚ Clark only knew one way‚ the right way. He approached his professional and personal life with the same intensity and as a result was loved by all. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Clark was a devoted and loving father to his two daughters‚ Morgan and Madison and a dear caring Fianc_e to Cindy Pierce. Clark was the cherished and loving son to Douglas and Van Waters Sr. Clark was a loyal and loving Brother to Jan and Kim. He was a very special Uncle to Emory‚ Ava-Claire‚ Archer‚ Lily and Burell.
A friend Don shared this story at Clark’s funeral.
I have known Clark since I joined the Jefferson Fire Department 25 years ago; he would bug me to ride on the tale board like we used to do. He was about 14 years old. Chief once said Clark was the only Fire Instructor who was 35 years old with 30 years of experience. He began riding with his Father‚ Chief Douglas Waters Sr. when he was only 5. This week we lost a Friend‚ a Brother a Fire Fighter and one of the greatest Training Officers. Clark gave his time at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department free of charge because he loved what he did. Doug‚ Van‚ Jan and I were on department business when we were informed of Clark’s death. Driving back we could see the lightning in the distance. I told Clark’s parents that was God showing Clark what a flashover was like from Heaven. Van‚ Clark’s mother‚ commented that Clark was probably shooting off fire works‚ something he loved to do on the 4th. I later thought to myself‚ Clark was probably showing Heaven Firefighters how t! o put out a fire the right way.
We love and miss you Clark. With belief in God‚ one day‚ we will join you in your department.