Wayne W. Clark, 73, of Swanville, husband of Frances (Floyd) Clark for 52 years, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010 at home surrounded by his loving family following a long illness.

Wayne was born June 4, 1937 at home in Stockton Springs to Walter F. and Frances (Crawford) Clark. He went to school in Stockton Springs and graduated at age 17. He entered the U.S. Navy right after graduation, where he served during the Korean War.

Wayne worked as a winchman at Searsport docks for International Terminal Operators (ITO). He also worked in the woods and drove his own logging truck before buying Swan Lake Grocery in 1964 which they ran for about eight years. Wayne also worked for the Postal Service, retiring after 26 years due to sickness.

Wayne was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish. He raced snowmobiles in Maine, New Hampshire and Canada winning many prizes and trophies in the late 60s and early 70s.

He married Frances Floyd in 1959, and they had six children — three boys and three girls: Wayne W. II and his wife, Connie, of Monroe; Michael F. and his companion, Penny, of Swanville; Kevin S. and his companion, Debbie, of Swanville; twin daughters, Sherry Garton and her husband, Stephen, of Searsport and Shelly Lindelof and her husband, Bruce, of Swanville.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Herbest of Evergreen, Ala. and Donna Fraser and her husband, Bill, of Stockton Springs; and many nieces and nephews. Wayne was predeceased by an infant daughter, Rita, and his parents.

Memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 at Swanville Community Church. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Swanville Community Church in Wayne’s memory. Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Avenue, Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at ripostafh.com.