Dwayne Milburn Clarkson, 82, of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Mackinaw, passed away at home on Nov. 19, 2017.
He was born June 27, 1935, in Corning, Ark., to Annie Elizabeth and Egbert Elsworth Clarkson. He was married to Alice Clements on Jan. 21, 1956, who survives. He was later married to Sharon Davidson for 22 years, who also survives.
Also surviving are Dwayne and Alice’s five children, Elizabeth Louise Look (Jeff) of Kent, Wash.; Donna Rebecca Timm (Randy) of West Des Moines, Iowa; Stephen Dwayne Clarkson (Kathy) of Champaign; Catherine Renae Dozier (Scott) of Alpharetta, Ga.; and Mark Randall Clarkson (Karla) of Auburn, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Justin Falatko (Susan) of Washington, D.C.; Sara Johnson (Ernie) of West Des Moines, Iowa; Gavin Falatko of Denver, Colo.; Jeffrey Clarkson (Angel) of Downs; Scott Clarkson (Kelly) of Tuscola; Ashley Dozier of San Francisco; and Alison Clarkson and Madison Clarkson, both of Salt Lake City, Utah, and six great-grandchildren, Jordan Johnson, and Jayden Johnson, both of West Des Moines, Iowa; Connor Falatko and Sawyer Falatko, both of Washington, D.C.; Ava Clarkson of Eureka; and Macoen Clarkson of Tuscola.; one brother Alvidean Clarkson of Charleston, Mo., one sister, Anna McDowell (Ray) of Corning, Ark., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dwayne’s father, Egbert Elsworth, and mother, Annie Elizabeth, along with nine siblings, preceded him in death.
Dwayne was a longtime resident of the Central Illinois area before retiring to Arizona, where he thoroughly enjoyed the warm sunshine year-round. He taught his family the values of hard work and perseverance, working a number of side jobs while working full time at Caterpillar Tractor Co. until retiring at the early age of 47. He continued to serve others beyond retirement and was placing new roofs or floors in his friends’ and neighbors’ homes up until his final year. He loved God, he loved his family, and he will forever be remembered for his quick smile and laughter.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Mackinaw United Methodist Church, 107 N. Orchard St. Pastor David Phillips will officiate. A graveside burial service will be immediately thereafter at the Mackinaw Township Cemetery. Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family respectfully requests privacy after the burial until the community celebration. Following the burial, a community celebration of Dwayne’s life will be at 3 p.m. at Heritage Lake Lodge.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mackinaw Lions Club, P.O. Box 25, Mackinaw, IL, 61755. Online condolences may be made at www.haenselfuneralhome.com.