Voice Of The Bulldogs: Remembering Harv Clark - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Voice Of The Bulldogs: Remembering Harv Clark

If you attended any Gonzaga basketball games in the kennel over the past 20 years, you probably heard Harv Clark's signature call: "Let's play some basketball."

Today friends and family shared a few tears and a lot of laughs over the man, who they say, liked to have fun.

"He went into everything with his whole heart," said his wife Peggy Clark.  "The media with Gonzaga University's basketball, with the boys and girls games were important to him, he loved whatever he was doing."

At his memorial service, friends and colleagues described him as a "true professional", who started his broadcasting career in high school in Yakima.  His career continued even when he joined The Air Force during The Vietnam War.  At that time, Clark worked in radio from various locations across Europe. After the war, Clark moved back to Yakima and then to Spokane, where he worked in radio at KHQ for 20 years. In 1990, his family says Clark landed his dream job – as public address announcer for men's and women's basketball games at GU. For the man who loved sports, there was a pause at today's service for the 7th inning stretch and words from friends.

" I understand that (he) retired on March 7th, " said Clark's former KHQ boss, Chuck Heaton.  "I think he would have liked to have stuck it out a bit longer, perhaps we should have thrown a microphone by his bedside so he could have that final sign off."

There was also reflection on Clark's work with youth soccer, a program he helped boost from 1,500 players to more than 6,000 players; and smiles over camping trips, Christmas Day traditions, and a home run memory by Clark's daughter, Erin.

"I remember one day in particular, " said Erin.  "You were coaching first base and I was at bat. I swung and hit my first home run, which almost wasn't. I'm not sure who was more stunned, you or me, both of us with our mouths just wide open – and I remember you said, you better run or you're walk' in home!"

Clark died on Friday, April 1st after a long battle with heart disease. He was 69-years-old. When asked what the public should remember about Harv, his wife said this:

"Know that whatever he did, he did because he loved what he was doing, and you should do the same."

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