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Douglas "Boomer" Clark
May 23, 1958 ~ October 29, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Douglas was born May 23, 1958, in Albany, New York at Brady Hospital. “Boomer”, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was one of eleven children of the late Lawrence and Retha Clark Sr.
Douglas attended Albany Public Schools. He was a very talented athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football in high school. Upon graduation, he received an Athletic Scholarship to SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY.
He served in the United States Army from 1981-1984, as an Equipment Records and Parts Specialist. While stationed in Germany, he received an Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. While stationed in Maryland, he married Renee Johnson (deceased). They were the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Jameila Clark. After completing his military obligation, he returned home to reunite with his family.
Douglas was employed at Albany County Career Central for several years. He also worked at various clubs in the Albany area. Douglas began his City of Albany career as a seasonal employee. Sometime later he was offered a permanent position with the Department of General Services, retiring in 2021. He enjoyed working at Lincoln and Washington Parks beautifying and maintaining the grounds. If he was working on a holiday you would see him driving his work vehicle throughout the park. He would stop to check things out and shoot the breeze. Boomer was the unofficial “Deputy Mayor of Parks” and took his job seriously.
He was well-known throughout the Capital District area for his extraordinary softball and baseball skills. He was a member of the Arbor Hill softball league, playing first base for the Golden Door team. Douglas stood large and in charge at first base, ready to catch anything coming his way. When up to bat, he would hit the ball with such force, that people started calling him “Boomer”. The name“Boomer” remained with him throughout his life.
In 2009, Douglas married Rhonda Johnson (deceased). They enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their home. While he was in the kitchen, prepping, Rhonda’s infectious laughter could be heard throughout the apartment. Douglas loved preparing meals for his family and friends. On Sundays, you would always find something cooking on the stove. He put a dash of love into everything he made.