Habitat Hero- In Memory of Ron Clark
Ron Clark was a humble and generous man. He did not love attention but was so passionate to give back to his community that his achievements were recognized in silence, impacting lives one by one.
Ron grew up in Quincy, Illinois. His family lived in a cabin near the river along with his two siblings, Sharon and Richard. He loved canoeing, attending the Chicago Symphony concerts, the Lyric Opera, and the Sandwich Fair where he participated in contests.
A teacher by heart, he went on to get his BA in Elementary Education at University of Illinois in 1965. Ron taught at Rock Island and Lake Zurich while living in Yorkville. At the same time, Ron continued to further his education getting an MA from Western Illinois University in 1972, as well as taking classes at Northern Illinois University, North Central College and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ron was a staple to his Yorkville community. He was a member of the Yorkville Congregation Church Choir. He volunteered at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity and Church World Service. During his time volunteering at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity he loved teaching the volunteers. Ron would welcome volunteers, educating them about what Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity was all about. Supportive of all the efforts at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity, there were opportunities where he was able to purchase building materials and never asked for reimbursement.
Ron was involved in building 25 homes at Fox Valley Habitat, taking charge of the construction crews on site. He always made sure the process of the builds was running smoothly. Ron was an exemplary supervisor with the ability and knowledge to make a difference to the families in the community.
Unfortunately, Ron passed away in July of 2010. Beloved by his dear Yorkville community, they built the Ron Clark Park where his cabin near the river once stood to remember him. Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity will never forget this energetic, friendly man. Ron Clark gave more than his time and love to everyone who came in contact with him. Ron is and will always be our Habitat Hero! Your memory will always live on at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity!