FORSYTH COUNTY — Members of the Forsyth County Fire Department are saying goodbye to one of their own.
Dwight Wilson Clark, a retired deputy chief, died Tuesday at age 79. In a statement, Fire Chief Danny Bowman said Clark left a lasting impact on the department.
“Suffice it to say Dwight Clark was a fireman’s fireman. His passion was the protection of life and property, taught to less experienced firefighters in an intense, no-nonsense manner,” Bowman said.
“When class was over, and the firemen physically and mentally exhausted from the coursework, he would move among them no longer as ‘the instructor’ but as a comrade and father figure.
“The likes of him can never be replaced and the void he leaves in our ranks is already felt.”
Clark was born in San Angelo Texas, and began working with Forsyth’s fire department in 2001. He remained there until his retirement in 2013.
Clark previously was with the San Angelo Fire Department, where he worked alongside his father and became an assistant fire chief, and served as a fire chief in Austin, Texas. In total, Clark spent 54 years in fire service.
In 1992, Clark moved to Monroe County for a position with the Georgia Fire Academy, and taught also in several states and countries.
Immediate survivors include his wife, Pat; daughter, Becky Clendennen; sons, Barry, Brett, Cord and Matt; 11 grandchildren; three great grandchildren.
Visitation is set for noon to 2 p.m. Friday at North Lanier Baptist Church, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be Monday in San Angelo.