Cheryl Clark, 82 years of age, of Long Beach, California, but most recently of Spanish Fork, Utah, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 11, 2020. She died as the result of the infirmities of old age.
Cheryl was born on August 21, 1938 in Santa Monica, California to Boyd H. Clark and Mildred Allred. She and her sister Jill resided with their parents in Los Angeles primarily, but spent some time in New Orleans, LA and also some time in Pleasant Grove, Utah due to her father’s employment. She also spent a year with her family in Jamshedpur, India, where she learned to love the customs and culture.
Cheryl graduated with Honors from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. After her time in India, she continued on to UCLA where she majored in both Mathematics and Philosophy and graduated with High Honors. She chose Philosophy for her graduate studies. While still in graduate school at UCLA, Cheryl began teaching part-time at Santa Monica College, Mount Saint Mary’s and USC.
In 1968 Cheryl accepted a position in the Philosophy Department at California State University, Long Beach. During her 32-year tenure, she taught many courses including Symbolic Logic, Plato, and Philosophy in Literature. Cheryl’s reading ignited her passion for the works of Dostoyevsky. She developed a special love for his novel, The Brothers Karamazov. She welcomed any opportunity to discuss it and interpret what Dostoyevsky had to say about faith, doubt, love, evil and humanity. Cheryl had a passion for study and learning until the end of her life.
Although mostly blind her entire life due to albinism, Cheryl was an intrepid adventurer and an outdoors woman. She drove her motorcycle thousands of miles covering much of the United States, Canada and Alaska. She camped many times in Sequoia National Park under the Giant Redwoods and fished and canoed in Alaska. One of her favorite experiences was taking friends white water rafting on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
When she won a National Science Foundation Scholarship at Yale University, she rode her motorcycle both ways across the United States taking in as many sites as she could and making many friends and visiting family. An avid traveler and explorer, she visited Asia, South America, Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland with stops in Europe along the way. Cheryl spent months in Australia while her parents resided there. She came to appreciate the culture and taught all of her little cousins to sing “Waltzing Mathilda”. During a teaching sabbatical, Cheryl also chose to spend some time on a kibbutz in Israel which she reported was “a great learning experience”. Her last adventure was to celebrate her 80th birthday with her cousins in Alaska to see the Northern Lights.
Cheryl was proud of her Utah Pioneer Heritage. She enjoyed reading about and discussing her Great, Great, Great Uncle Brigham Young. She was a baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, though she enjoyed investigating other Philosophies and Religions. She associated with the Episcopal Church for some time.
Cheryl was a talented Watercolorist. She received an Award for one of her paintings in The Springville Museum of Art Annual Salon in the Philosophy and Religion category.
Cheryl loved her many dogs that came and went during the years and she donated liberally to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She leaves behind her dog Taffy who has been her loyal companion for the last few years.
She is remembered and missed by her loving family: Ruth Ann Reynolds (recently deceased, June 2020 (Ed) of Belen, NM; Mildred Goesch (Stewart) of Woodbridge, VA; James Allred (Donnell) of Springville, UT; David Allred (Renae) of West Valley City, UT; Joseph Allred (Debra) of Springville, UT; Melody Cluff (Randall) of Buena Vista, VA; Beth Allred of Payson, UT; Alice Wilson (Scott) of Payson, UT; and Paul Allred (Linda) of Lehi, UT.
A small family service will be held Saturday November 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Spring Creek Mortuary, 737 North Main Street, Springville, Utah 84663. Please join us for livestreaming of the service on the Spring Creek Utah County Mortuary Facebook page.
Burial will be at the Tooele City Cemetery 265 S 100 E Tooele, UT 84074. Dedication of grave will by officiated by Paul Allred.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful and patient caregivers and administrators at Legacy House of Spanish Fork for the support and loving care they helped to provide for Cheryl during her final years.
In lieu of flowers it is suggested that a donation be made to one of your favorite charities in her honor or that you buy a lovely plant to keep in remembrance of her.
Condolences may be offered at www.springcreekmortuary.com.
Family and friends can view the Facebook video at: https://fb.watch/1OHl1KA4MO/