November 25, 1959 ~ March 27, 2021

Born in: Chicago, IL
Resided in: Greenfield, IN

Nathaniel Paul Clark
1959 – 2021

Paul finished his battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Today and every day from now on he is free and with his Savior. He leaves many family members and friends who are better people because of knowing him.

His proudest accomplishment was raising his daughters, Danielle, 22 and Stephanie, 19 with his wife, Beth. He delighted in his girls and strove to teach them to be productive, creative, and thinking people. He invested in having fun with them. He worked to shape their characters so they would be successful in relationships and work. His greatest joy was envisioning how each girl might achieve her potential; he knew they could do anything they could imagine. His greatest sorrow was knowing that he would never walk them down the marriage aisle or see their future children.

He also leaves his faithfully enduring wife, whom he married October 16, 1993. Beth was Paul’s devoted partner in raising their children. She stood with him through the darkest days of his addiction and then enjoyed the blessing of a new man when Paul became sober. She took gentle and patient care of Paul as his condition worsened. Paul said privately that he didn’t deserve the kind of woman he had married.

Born at Great Lakes Naval Base, in North Chicago, Illinois on November 25, 1959, Paul was named after one of his mother’s and one of his father’s favorite uncles. He served in the United States Army, and earned a BA from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1987 with a double major in Biology and Psychology later earning an MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University. Paul’s career in the pharmaceutical industry took him abroad many times; before that he had distinguished himself in his field as a researcher and inventor. He was quite proud of his United States Patent filed on December 14, 2004 and issued on December 19, 2006.

The community benefitted from Paul’s work. He actively served the AA community for years, and mentored other men on their paths to sobriety. He was instrumental in establishing Celebrate Recovery at Indy First Nazarene where he attended with his family for the past 28 years. He taught Sunday School to junior high boys, volunteered when he could, and encouraged many, saying repeatedly, “Do the next right thing.”

Many people remember Paul and feel keenly his loss. Among those people are his five sisters, Linda White, Elizabeth Doan, Cecilia Matchett, Jennifer Byrne, and Jeanine Wilson as well as many nieces and nephews. Additionally included are his mother-in-law, Eveline McNamee, who helped him when he was in need, and her husband, Bill McNamee. He will also be remembered well by his brother-in-law, Jim Pardew and his wife, Donna, and their children.

The varied facets of Paul’s life provide all who knew him with good reminders. From his skills as a cook: Enjoy bacon. From his expertise as a scientist: Read first-hand research instead of settling for second-hand news. From his practice as a teacher: Everyone fails; successful people keep trying anyway. From his spiritual life: Be thankful every day, and let go of anger or resentment. And from his enthusiasm for sports: Go Pack Go! and Boomer Sooner!

Services

Visitation: April 1, 2021 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

First Church of the Nazarene
9401 E. 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229


Visitation: April 2, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

First Church of the Nazarene
9401 E. 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229


Memorial Service: April 2, 2021 4:00 pm

First Church of the Nazarene
9401 E. 25th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46229


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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Praying for y’all
    Paul always smiling anytime i came over hangout with danielle
    loved the packers
    very good at cooking

  3. I so enjoyed the time I got to spend with Paul and Beth on a personal level and as we served together at Indy Naz… I am clinging to the verse, “Blessed are those who mourn…” because all of us who were blessed to have Paul in their lives are definately mourning his loss here on earth but celebrate the fact that we will one day praise our Father with him in heaven. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Beth, continuing to pray for you and the girls as you walk this difficult road. You are loved! Paul was a wonderful man, and I will always remember how passionate he was to get the Celebrate Recovery ministry started at Indy First.

  5. Paul was a great friend! I remember specifically chaperoning with him & other parents several times during the preteen stage of our kids. We shared some interesting conversations on those loud vans – he always had great perspectives to share on issues. As a family friend, he was always kind, gracious & generous. You knew he was earnest in following Jesus. He was definitely proud & protective of his sweet family.

    I will miss you, friend! See you soon!

  6. Luke 23; 42-43; “Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “I assure you: Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

    Dearest Beth, Paul’s deep love for you and the girls, his love for his Lord and his concern and compassion for a hurting community were clearly evident in his life. Although there is great comfort in knowing we have a promised reunion in the kingdom of Heaven to look forward to, your Paul will be sorely missed. You and the girls are in my constant prayers.

  7. Beth, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your girls in your loss. May God comfort you in your sorrow and fill you with His peace. Know you are loved.

  8. My dearest Beth, Danielle and Stephanie,
    Our prayers and sympathies to you all! Paul was such a wonderful, courageous, loving man to his family. I remember Paul bringing the girls to work and meeting them. He was so proud of them and always talked about their lives and how they’ve grown. I am blessed to have known Paul. He will be missed very much! My heart goes out to you Beth, Danielle and Stephanie. I love you all very much! May the Lord bless you all!

  9. Beth,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Stephanie, Danielle and extended family. We are praying continued comfort as you grieve the loss of Paul.

  10. Beth, Danielle and Stephanie, and the rest of your extended family… I want to share my deepest condolences for your loss. Paul and I worked together for several years at Millipore, and he and I were good friends during that time. I enjoyed his commitment to his work and no-nonsense approach to life. He said what he meant, and meant what he said… no mincing words… an increasingly rare trait to come across in life. His faith and family were so important to him, and he always made that known to those close to him. He will be missed!!!

  11. Dear Beth, Danielle and Stephanie,
    What a beautiful person your husband and father was! I remember being with you all up at Lake Wawasee. He was a lovely man. We had such fun up there with you! In reading about his life, I am touched by what a fine, giving and loving person he was. He is an inspiration to so many, including me! My heart is breaking for your loss. I pray that God gives you a Heavenly peace unlike anything you have ever experienced. Easter came early to Paul, and he is now with our risen Savior. Take heart! You will be with him again.
    Love and blessings!
    Lucy (Meyer) Kropp

  12. I consider myself fortunate for the chance to get to know Paul. My mind is at ease knowing that he met Jesus and all is perfect and good in heaven. Praying for peace and well-being for Beth, Danielle, and Stephanie as well as the rest of Paul’s family.

  13. Paul, my only brother, was an over-comer. He was an orphan at 14 yrs of age, and on his own at 16 yrs of age. He had more setbacks to overcome than many people get in a lifetime. And he made it, then excelled, as evidenced by his professional career and his loving family. His paramount concern was Beth and the girls, and he spent time cultivating the girls to have life skills. Our mother had cultivated us with the skills that carried us through tough times after she passed away, and he passed that legacy on to Danielle and Stephanie- Mama and Daddy would have been so proud of how he came through the setbacks, and he is with them now. We love you, Beth, Danielle, and Stephanie.

  14. Paul ask, “Who is that!?” “Her name is Beth,” I replied. As we sat and watched Beth playing volleyball, at the old Indy 1st Nazarene, it was quite apparent to me (and Paul) that he was smitten.

    It’s as clear as if it were yesterday, sitting there with Paul when he first saw Beth. And it is equally as clear standing with Paul, as his Best Man, at their wedding!

    I feel so blessed to have seen the love between two such wonderful people grow, from it’s infancy, and witness how large and powerful it would become! The greatest of these is love. Love you Paul.

  15. “Who is that!?” Paul ask. “That is Beth,” I replied. As we sat there in old Indy 1st Naz, watching Beth play volleyball, it was obvious to me (and Paul) that he was smitten.

    It is as clear as today, sitting there with Paul when he first saw Beth, and it’s equally as clear, standing there with Paul as his Best Man, at their wedding.

    I feel so blessed to have been there from the beginning of their love and witness how large and wonderful it became. The greatest of these is love! Love you Paul.

  16. Beth, Danielle &Stephanie,
    Our sincere sympathies to you and our rejoicing for Paul. It was a beautiful service. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
    P.S. Jimmy & Robbie were impacted by Paul’s testimony in youth group.

    Sincerely,
    Jim, Becky, Jimmy & Robbie Campbell

  17. As late as this, I only learned of Paul’s passing. Twenty some years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Paul and always enjoyed his wit, insight and friendship. I was not aware of his condition, life took us different directions, and I am saddened by his struggle and passing. l pray his wife, family and loved ones happiness and wellbeing.

  18. Dear Beth,
    in 1992, I first met Paul while he worked at Boehringer Mannheim (BM) in Diagnostics R&D in Indianapolis and I was visiting the facility as a post-doc, also working at BM in Diagnostics R&D but in Tutzing, Germany. A few years later, we were colleagues in the same organization (Industrial Business) in Indianapolis. During this time, we learned that we both attended US Army Officer Candidate School nearly a decade earlier and missed being classmates by just a month! Paul was a good man. You and your daughters were brought up in numerous discussions, and it was very clear how deeply he cared for all of you. There are still several of us former Roche colleagues at the Indy campus. We fondly remember him and are all saddened by your loss. Paul ran a good race, and we keep your family in our prayers.
    In Christian Sympathy,
    Oliver Strobel

  19. Dear Beth,
    In 1992, I first met Paul while he was in R&D at the Indy campus of Boehringer Mannheim (GM). At that time, I was a post doc, also working at Boehringer Mannheim but at the German facility in Bavaria. A few years later, I moved to the US and Paul and I were then direct colleagues in the Industrial Business for many years. During that time, we learned that, a decade earlier, we both attended US Army Officer Candidate School and missed being classmates by one month! Paul was a good man, and he often spoke of you and your daughters. In those discussions, it was clear how deeply he cared for all of you. There are still several of us, his direct colleagues at Roche, still around, and we are all saddened by your loss. Paul ran a good race, and we keep you and your family in our prayers during this time of sorrow.
    In Christian Sympathy,
    Oliver Strobel

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