W. Clark Draper, 88, of Brownsville, PA, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home.
He was born June 22, 1931 in Bobtown, PA, the son of Holland O. and Alice Ruth (Collins) Draper. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Fae Louise Draper.
He is survived by his two children, Lynn A. Swentko, Brownsville, PA and Richard C. Draper, Northampton, PA; three granddaughters, Sara A. Swentko, Republic, PA, Elizabeth F. Swentko Jenkins, Clarksville, PA and Tosha L. Crawford; four cousins, Joel D. Martin, Reid Pendleton, Connie Heintz and Peggie Fitch, all in the state of California; two great grandchildren, Kylee Fae Jenkins and Easton Clark Jenkins; his best friend and companion, Ethel L. Kennedy, California, PA and his cat Tiger.
Clark was a Registered Professional Land Surveyor who had an active practice until his death. He started his business in November of 1990 after he was laid off at Gateway Coal Company when the mine closed. He worked there for nineteen years as a Field Engineer, prior to that he worked in various coal mines for Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation and Vesta-Shannopin Coal Division as a surveyor for ten years and in their engineering department for eleven years before being promoted to Field Engineer at the Gateway Mine. In November of 1990 he created DRA-SURV INC., a surveying and engineering business which continues today in Uniontown, PA.
He was a member of the California United Methodist Church for many years and served on the Board of Trustees and belonged to the choir. He was a 55 year member and Past Master of Valley Lodge No. 459 in Masontown, PA, the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection 14 ° and the Pennsylvania Consistory 32 ° Valley of Pittsburgh, PA.
Clark served four years in the United States Naval Reserve.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the California United Methodist Church, 227 3rd Street, California, PA at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Memorial Fund of the California United Methodist Church.
Professional services and arrangements are in the care of NOVAK FUNERAL HOME, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA.
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