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The Letter  / The Guys

Dear Clark,

This is something from us to you to show how much we loved you in life and how much we will miss you always.  We are here today mourning your death but more importantly celebrating your life.  We cannot express how much we will cherish every moment we spent together. 

Clark we struggle for words because we shouldn’t be writing this until we’re old and gray.  Your loyalty will never be forgotten.  Anybody who has ever had the pleasure of knowing you would say they loved you from the start.  Your big blue eyes would light up a room, your calming presence was infectious to all, and you will always be remembered as our gentle giant.   

We remember how we always used to try to wake you up at noon, your huge feet dangling off the edge of your California king, head completely covered by the blanket.  As much as we tried, all we could get was a groan and if we were lucky maybe a lil profanity. We told you that you slept too much, but in truth we just needed your company. 

Clark, remember all the times we have had together.  The dinners at Raf’s, chillin at Peteys , Hanging on the houseboat ,and of course the VC trips, (which were  weekend vacations for us and home sweet home for you).  The late nights and the early MARTY MCBRIDE breakfast. Packing up and cruising down the grade reminiscing on the life long memories from the night before.  We could go on and on about all the good times we had with you, but that would take days.

 

Marty, Steve and Grant we love you so much and consider you family, and though we can’t replace Clark, we want you to know there is a little piece of him in all of our hearts.  We are here for you not as  your friends but as sons and brothers. 


 

Clark we know your listening and want you to know that you are the best friend that anyone could ever ask for.  People might view us as a clique, but in reality we’re a family who share a bond that most people will never experience.  We can not wait for the day when our family is reunited, but until then we know that you are watching over us.  When people ask us how you passed, we will reply with, “ We can only tell you how he lived ”.   We love you Clark and we will miss you always. 

 

    Love,

Your best friends

The McBride Family  / Kristin Carter (Friend)
     I'm not going to stand here today and talk about my friendship with clark.
     I'm not going to talk about how his perfect crystal blue eyes match a summer's bluest sky.
   Or...
     Tell you how when he smiled, it made everyone around him smile as well.
   Or...
     How excited Clark would get when he talked about his friends and the mischief they had gotten into.
   Or...
     How comforting his voice was when he was trying to console you when a tear threatened to dampen your eye.
   Or...
     How all Clark could think about was a way to entertain his friends when a moment was ever clouded with boredom.

     Because anyone who knew Clark would already know all of these wonderful things about him.

   How:
     He would pause so that he could put his thoughts into the perfect perspective, and he would sound so wise.
   Chris.  He got that from you!
   How:
     He would make anyone feel like their story was funny because what they had to say was important to them, so it was to Clark too!
   Steve.  He got that from you!
   How:
     He would orchestrate everything so it came out so perfectly, like there was nothing to it.
   Marti.  He got that from you!
   And How:
     He could make anyone feel comfortable in his presence.
   Grant.  He got that from you!

   McBride Family-  Clark is all of you in one , and he showed everyone how completely wonderful each person in his family is, just in one movement.  One thought!  Just like one family we have all come to love.  I know I  need my McBride fix.  I'm addicted.  I felt like you all were my family too, just by knowing Clark.

   Chris.  He had your witty humor.
   Steve.  He had your life and you as his role model.  You were his Hero!
   Marti.  He had your cool and calm way of planning out his thoughts and executing a perfect day.
   Grant.  As Lori Haack would say, "Those two were like Peanut Butter and Jelly, you can't have one without the other.  It wouldn't taste right!"

   I guess I added that last part because lets face it, Peanut Butter CAN NOT go without Jelly.  Take it from a dedicated fan of that sandwich.

   So to the McBride Family, MY MCBRIDE FAMILY, I hope I'm not being too selfish by saying MY MCBRIDE FAMILY, I know that everyone will agree with me when I say Thank You McBride's.  Thank you for sharing such a wonderful representation of each of you with all of us.  I am so lucky to have had Clark be such a big part of my life.  His impact on me was phenomenal.  The magnitude of his love was unmeasurable.

   So what was it that I was going to stand here and not say again?
   I guess I couldn't help myself.
   I love all of you, and I Loved Clarky too.
   And because of him we all still have all of you!
   Thank you McBride Family!
From our heart to yours  / Pete, Raf, Korn Chuck, Maloof (homies)


Clark

 

All the good times together we never thought of this

Now we wish all of us could of said one last word and give you a kiss

 

We know you are watching us right now from up above

Everyone is here today to express their love

 

We never hung out without having the best of time

You were the gentle giant that was ever so kind

 

You touched so many lives in so many ways

We will never forget you even to the end of our days

 

Clark you will always be with us in our prayers

That is to show you how much everyone cares

 

All the great times over the years

We never thought would amount to so many tears

 

We know one day we’ll see you again

To sit and talk one more time with our best friend

 

We all loved to play poker and you will always have a seat

At the table of life until we next meet

 

Were giving our  lucky chip, the one that would always win

As a remembrance of your friends as you go all in

Love,
Your Best Friends

Remember Clark  / Brad Capurro

Remember Clark
How he lived.
Who he was.
His caring soul.
His loving heart.
His gentle manner.

Remember Clark
What he was.
Polite.
Honest.
Respectful.
Thoughtful.
Loving.

Remember Clark
The time he spent.
Games played.
Late nights out.
Conversations.
School Time.
Dances.
Parties.

Remember Clark
His eyes.
His smile.
His laugh.
His warm embrace.

Remember Clark
How hard he tried.
How much he cared.
The way he lived.
How deeply he loved.

Remember his true goodness.
Remember how much he loved us
and how much we loved him.

Letter From Heaven-To Clarky's Family-I thought you'd like this...  / Rachel
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with every morning, noon, and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and he said "I welcome you. "
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you, in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth and all those living years,
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb,
But together we can do it by taking it one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy, and I'd like it for you too.
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night, "My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way, I made someone smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go, from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going alone, you're coming here to me!
What about tomorrow?  / Denae (Friend)
I don't exactly think that I am suposed to pour my heart out to Clark right here but it's the only thing I can...so please bare with me. Clark you were always the one constant in my life. Throughout the years friends came and went but you were by my side endlessly. You saved me more times than I can count and would never let me cry too long. You always told me that we just had to find the bright side to every situation...that it couldn't really be that bad. This is the hardest time in my life and normally it would be you I would call, you're not here.... all I can do now is CRY out to you and hope that somehow you can hear me, hope that in someway you will reach me and make me believe. I am so lost without you and I need your guidance so much more now than ever before. I am trying to find the strength to move on without you but you were my strength... please reach out to me and please help me! Clark please also reach out and guide those others who need you so much. I'm worried about Grant and I know you'll keep him close, don't let him or Rach out of your sight-keep them under your gentle watchful eye. Keep Chris and your mom and dad close too...we all need to feel you, please don't go far.
It's so funny that I'm here now knowing how deep our relationship was and also knowing that so many that will read this will say, "who's this girl?" I'm a girl that has known you for so long...and loves you to a level that none will ever understand. I just hope that you know how much you truly affected my life! Please just don't leave me now.
What about tomorrow? What about tomorrow that I have to be without you??
Some of my favorite things about you:  / Lori (Friend)


  1. You were always your own person. Having a mind of your own is sometimes difficult in your teen years but you did it Clark.

  2. The kind way you treated others.

  3. Your graciousness.  Just like your mother.

  4. Your relationship with your brother.  I always wanted that for my boys.  Peanut butter & jelly! 

  5. Your intelligence.

  6. Your love for your family.

  7. Your loyalty to your friends.

  8. The way you would say “dude”.

  9. I loved to watch you play basketball, especially when you and Grant were on the court at the same time.

  10. How you always felt comfortable in my home.  I never had to treat you like a guest.  

  11. The way you would pile your plate with food. A huge mound and yet you would always go back for at least seconds.  I never had to throw away left over salad when the McBride boys were around!

  12. Your kindness to my baby Alex…even when he was a lowly freshman!

  13. I loved to walk down the streets of Cabo with you and watch the girls do double takes!

  14. Your handsomeness.  Your Smile. Your Eyes!

  15. The way you always treated the Mom’s…you stole our hearts!


I know there is much more but I got to get dressed for work!



 



Love ya!



Lori



 

What a life  / Paige (Passing by)

 I watched the whole slide show and you can see in each picture that he really enjoyed life.  My deepest sympathy and prayers to your family.

Blenders and Stereos!  / Kristin Carter (Friend)
Clark~
Me and the girls have decided that we have to share this Clarky story with everyone.  I know most of your stories have been told to everyone and the secrets you had are being told to everyone, what is one more.
Here goes...
Hawaii time.  We were all so excited to be leaving.  To us it was a land of partying, but to normal people it was about getting away and soaking up the sun.  Oh, don't get me wrong we soaked up the sun too, just in different ways.  Anyways, move backwards just a couple of steps...
The sacramento airport, our escape!
We were all in line to get our baggage checked, and Clark was the last to check his bag, common courtesy as always, and nothing was standing between us and the terminal.  Nothing but a DING!
Clark!  What are you doing we have almost sealed the deal, and we hear, "Sir your bag is about 70lbs. overweight, you can either re-pack the items into a box and we can ship it, or you can leave some things behind!"  Logically, without a question Clark decided to re-pack his suitcase.
Next thing you know Clark whipped open his suitcase and there it was, our ultimate vacation plans all shoved in Clarks Suitcase.  The Blender and the Stereo!
BY the time Clark had finished re-packing his bag, he only had a couple pairs of underwear, few pairs of shorts, and a toothbrush.  He was definately going to have to borrow from the homies throughout the whole trip.
We were finally there!  Hawaii was it!  We had so much fun with just the Blender and the Stereo.  Clark's room along with Rafa, Korn, and Pete was notorious throughtout the hotel.  Students from all over that were on the trip too were asking to borrow the Blender or asking if they could hangout with the guys that brought the Blender and the Stereo.  Clark was our hero, and the housekeeper's worst nightmare.
We had broken that Blender quite a few times, but never fear Clark was there with his solution to every problem, Ducktape!
Ducktape was wrapped around that whole Blender, but Clark made it work for the rest of the trip and we never went without the Blender.
We came to find out just about 2 1/2 weeks ago that when we returned, Clark packed the Blender and the Stereo back up and brought them home to his mom and dad.  Being the thoughtful person that he is, Clark thought that they might need to use a Blender again, and this Blender from the McBride's kitchen that made our trip worth while was totally cool to use because Clark fixed it and it still worked!

That's Clark for you!  Always thinking outside the box!  You were such a fascinating human being, always thoughtful and always wanting everyone to have just as much, maybe more fun than him.  He was our Genius that always thought ahead, leave it to Clark!  We will miss you so much Clarky!  You will never be replaced or forgotten!  We all love you!

Love,
Your Girls! 
God's Cake  / Jose, Trish, Joe, Nina Eguen (Friends)  Read >>
God's Cake  / Jose, Trish, Joe, Nina Eguen (Friends)
Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this", or "Why did God have to do this to me". Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's
failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is
moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.

"Yuck" says her daughter.

"How about a couple raw eggs?"

"Gross, Mom!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by
themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a
wonderfully delicious cake!

God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts
these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to
trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!  Clark's legacy has and is continually making a difference to so many he would never have been able to touch otherwise.   

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise
every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. 

He gave Clark a fantastic Mom and Dad, two great brothers, such loving grandparents, a terrific family, and so many cherished friends.  All that was given to Clark to make him something wonderful and that he was!  For all those memories that bring such pain today will surely, in time, be your greatest treasure and joy. To his family and devoted friends, enjoy every day, value every moment.....Clark would want it that way!       


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Clarky, Clarky, Clarky  / Liz (Bud)  Read >>
Clarky, Clarky, Clarky  / Liz (Bud)
Hi, Just pondering today.  Having another Clarky moment. It was huge cuz all the babies left and between you and the rest of the gang, it left a monumental  void.  I think it is selfish on my part, but you were a sum of the whole and something gigantic is missing... I know you know what I mean, being the matmatical wizard that you are.  I want you to know that we love you, respect you and will accept your choices.  We still want you to be apart of our everyday lives, our decision making and discussions and we are counting on your participation.  We need your imput and wisdom and are always listening for you.  Please make a huge ruckus when we are being stupid head.!!!!!!!!!!!  I love you and your family so much and please feel comfort knowing we are taking care of each other.  XXOO Liz Close
A visit from Clark - We will keep your family in our paryers.  / Joe Leahan (We lost our daughter. )  Read >>
A visit from Clark - We will keep your family in our paryers.  / Joe Leahan (We lost our daughter. )

Dear Mom and Dad,


I have been trying to get a message to you and my friend, Samantha, suggested that I do it through her Dad. “Oh yeah,” Samantha is a friend up here with me. She was only twenty. We both were assigned important jobs as guardians for our families.


The first thing you should know is that I am OK. So many things that we thought were important like time and money are of no concern here. Also bad things like illnesses, depression, accidents, war, complications of life, which can all be put in one category - the struggles of life, are not here. The only thing that you take with you is the love. It turns out that God is far more loving and forgiving than anyone thought. There are so many here that others said could not come here. Also, don’t let anyone tell you that, “It was God’s will“.


I need your help so that I can help you. I need you to accept my last day as the saddest day of your life. This is important because it opens the possibility that each day thereafter will be a little less sad.


I need you to understand that I will always be with you in your heart and in your thoughts. My spirit is within you, our family, and my friends. And a part of me will always be living through them. When our family comes together, you will surely feel my presence and spirit.


I am sorry that I left you my stuff to deal with. When you are ready, put it into two piles - one for my treasures and the other for everything else. Cherish my treasures. I hope you will find comfort and solace in my gifts to you. Everything else should be given to someone who can use them. I won’t be needing them. I hope my treasures will, in time, will bring a smile to your face and not a tear. If a tear should fall, let it be a refreshing tear or two of love and not a downpour of sadness and sorrow.


My life has meaning. I have an understanding of life and a concern for life far greater than most. And my time with you, my family, and my friends is defined as my lifetime. Remember that without you both, I would not have had even one day. You gave me life and you gave me your life in raising me. Don’t dwell on the circumstances that ended my life. You did your best and the rest was out of your hands.


Dwell on the good times that we had as a family. Remember me often. Do good things in my name. Find a place that we can talk, my room, a tree that you planted in my honor, make it a place that you enjoy. Talk to me and know that I am listening. Let me intercede in your behalf. I can help with having your prayers answered far greater here than I could when I was with you. Remember that I am walking and talking face to face with our Lord. Ask me to help you and I will.


Don’t ask questions that can not be answered. Questions like “Why did this happen to me? Why did it happen to our family? Why can’t I be with you now?“. If you need an answer to a question that can be answered, think about what I would have wanted. The answer will become clear. Don’t rush your life to get here and be with me. Life is short but not here, its infinite. I will be waiting for you, no need to rush. When the time comes, I will meet you at the gates of heaven - “Make Me Proud“!  Make Me Smile, I love to smile"


I will be stopping by for a visit from time to time. Not always as direct as this but maybe in a song, a conversation, a place that I would like, a mystery jolt that prevents you from having an accident, a blossom that appears suddenly, a rainbow, a shooting star, ... Keep your heart and mind open to these visits.


And finally, you need to know that I love you and I miss you too. There is only one thing more tragic than me no longer being with you and that would be if you missed the rest of your life because of what happened to me.


Sent with all my love!


Clark

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I Am Not There  / Lori, Liz &. Sue (Dear Friends )  Read >>
I Am Not There  / Lori, Liz &. Sue (Dear Friends )

 

Do not stand by my grave and weep....
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am a diamond glint on snow.







I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning hush,
I am the
swift upflinging rush
of quiet birds' circling flight.
I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry....
I am not there
I did not die. 
Author Unknown
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I'm Free  / Lori, Liz &. Sue (Dear friends )  Read >>
I'm Free  / Lori, Liz &. Sue (Dear friends )

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day.
To laugh, to love to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void.
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
 Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.
  Author Unknown

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To Steve Marti, Clarky and Grant,  / Jose,Liz,Rafa &. Chris Ibaibarriaga (family friends )  Read >>
To Steve Marti, Clarky and Grant,  / Jose,Liz,Rafa &. Chris Ibaibarriaga (family friends )



Success
To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intellligent people and
the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreiciate beauty,
to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a
healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social
condition

To know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

                           
(often attributred to Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Clark ,you mastered all of these things and we
feel so blessed to be apart of  your life  -  The Ibas

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My Dearest Friends  / Lori Haack (Friend)  Read >>
My Dearest Friends  / Lori Haack (Friend)

Dearest Marti and Steve,


I know there are no words to comfort you.  I know that there is nothing I can say to shelter you from your pain.  Please know that we are here for you.  That we love all of you. That we are grieving too.  That we love and will miss Clark too.


Clark left his thoughts and feelings to himself.  For what ever reason, he did not want to share.  Not just with you, but Grant.  His sidekick.  His brother. His friend.  We don’t always know what are children are going through—no matter how close of a family you have. You have been wonderful, loving, giving parents.  Your boys have been nurtured with loving hands. You have always been there to support your children.  


Clark will be by your side forever.  You will feel his presence and it will give you strength.  He will help you survive this horrendous time.  Even when you think you can’t.


I promise you, he is there.  I know because my Mother and my Brother are always by my side when I need them most.


My love and prayers,


Lori


 


 


 


 

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A Child of Mine  / Lori Haack   Read >>
A Child of Mine  / Lori Haack
I'll lend you for a little time
A Child of Mine, He said,
For you to love the while he lives
and mourn for when he's dead.

It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you
and should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay
since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down here,
I want this child to learn.

I've looked this wide world over
in search of teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd Life's lane
I have decided You.

Now will you give him all your love
nor think the labor vain
And hate Me when I come to call
to take him back again?

We'll shelter him with tenderness
We'll love him while we may
And for the Happiness we've known
forever grateful stay.

And should the angels call for him
much sooner than we planned
We'll brave the bitter grief that came
and try to understand.

Auther Unknown
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The Cord  / Lori, Liz &. Sue For Marti (Dear Friends )  Read >>
The Cord  / Lori, Liz &. Sue For Marti (Dear Friends )
We are connected, My child and I,
by an invisible cord, not seen by the eye.
It's not like the cord that connects us 'til birth
This cord can't be seen by any on Earth.
This cord does its work right from the start.
It binds us together, attached to my heart.
I know that it's there, though no one can see,
The invisible cord from my child to me.
The strength of this cord is hard to describe.
It can't be destroyed, it can't be denied.
It's stronger than any cord man could create,
It withstands the test, can hold any weight.
And though you are gone, Though you are not here with me,
The cord is still there, but no one can see.
It pulls at my heart, I am bruised...I am sore,
But this cord is my lifeline, as never before.
I am thankful that God connects us this way,
A mother and child--Death can't take it away!
~Author unknown
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We all can use some help  / Aleta Rigg   Read >>
We all can use some help  / Aleta Rigg
If GOD brings you to it, He will bring you through it!
Happy moment, praise GOD.
Difficult moments, worship GOD.
Painful moments, trust GOD.
Every moment, thank GOD!

Steve, Marti, Grant, Christopher, family and friends this is something that I found about 4 months ago and have had hanging in my cubical at work.  I've tried to write something to you all and Clark but haven't been able to until now!  I just looked up and saw it and thought this is Perfect!!  Keep reading it and it WILL HELP!!!  Ok Clark you now have a BIG job!!  Watch over all of us and give us peace and understanding.

Love to All,

Aleta
(Christopher's Mom)
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