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Clark C. Stanton Sr., age 90, passed away Jan. 2, 2012, with his family by his side.

Clark was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Dillon to Jimmy and Blanche Stanton. He went to elementary school in Crow Agency and high school in Hardin.

Clark was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army. He married Opal Baker of Lodge Grass in 1943 and had three children, Linda, Debbie and Clark Jr. He attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where he studied forestry and received his degree in Jurist Prudence in 1966.

Clark had a distinguished career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs where he held various positions including Land Management, Director of Job Corp Camps, and culminating his service as the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While living in North Dakota, Clark was recognized with the Medal of Valor for saving the lives of two children in a house fire.

Clark was an avid reader, a member of the Makina Motorcycle Brigade, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

His daughter Linda preceded Clark in death.

He is survived by his wife, Opal; daughter Debbie and husband, Jack, of Helena; son Clark and wife, Jesalyn, of Anchorage, Alaska; brother Harold Stanton of Hardin; brother Wendell Stanton of Laurel; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St. W. in Billings.

Donations may be sent to Shriner's Children's Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104.

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