In memory of
In Memory Of Joe Clarkston October 1, 1928 - November 16, 1991 Joe was a faithful Christian who believed one does not forsake the assembly of the Church. He served as a Deacon and an Elder in his later years. The ladies of his congregation loaned him enough money to continue his education and he enrolled at Abilene Christian College and worked for the college and went two years before he and some of his buddies decided it was their duty to enlist in the Service. They joined the Navy and served four years during the Korean Conflict. Joe served part of his service on the ship USS Pine Island. The most he saw was Alaska and Hawaii. His official title was Storekeeper 2nd Class - he was up for 1st Class when he was discharged in 1952. In 1950, he met Jewell Kerlick and they were married in San Diego. He was stationed on North Island in San Diego and Jewell worked for the Navy. Once he was discharged, he left the Navy and started his career as a Real Estate Salesman in San Diego. He got his license by studying the California state law on Real Estate - he passed his exam and started his job. He started making money but decided on another career and he wanted to get his degree - so he made the move to Norman, Oklahoma and obtained a degree from OU as a Petroleum Engineer, all under the G.I. Bill. He had many job offers but the one he chose was with Texaco in California. He moved with his wife back to Long Beach, California, got his training on Signal Hill in Long Beach and from there he was moved to many areas in California. As soon as he was able, he got his license to be a registered Professional Engineer. He was diagnosed with Parkinson Syndrome at age 42 which was likely caused from the years he worked in the oil patch. But with medication and strong determination he continued working until he retired at age 55. He enjoyed the game of golf and most of all he loved OU Football. On New Year's Day every year, he would watch college football all day. Once he was confined to his home more, he loved the show MASH probably because of his service during the Korean War. He had two children a son Bradley Jay who followed in his father's footsteps - worked as engineer for Texaco (and Chevron) for over 37 years. His daughter Jennifer Dee Clarkston Rundlett became a flute player and teacher and studied abroad. He lived to see both of his children marry. Bradley married Anita Burks. Jennifer married Simon Rundlett. He lived to see his first grandson Nathan Wesley Clarkston. His second grandson Andrew Jay Clarkston was born after his death. He lived to see his wife Jewell get her degree from OU, 42 years after him. Joe had a weakness for redheaded women, new cars and cake. He loved babies but never wanted to change a diaper. He loved his Lord and never tired of learning His word. His highlight every year was attending the Pepperdine Lecture-ships in California. He met his wife at Church and she sent him off at church. Joe is interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Minco, Oklahoma and his headstone reads "It is well with my soul."
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