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Clark Whiting

1926 ~ 2021

Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2021 at the United Methodist Church, Dighton, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clark and Betty Whiting Scholarship Fund c/o Newton U.S.D. 373, 308 E. 1st Street, Newton Kansas 67114.

Clark Whiting, a beloved father, gifted educator, and widely known as the best grandpa in the world, passed away on May 11, 2021.

Born in Amy, Kansas on June 1, 1926 to Lyda and Ira Whiting, he learned to love school at an early age and became a teacher after his time in the infantry during World War II.

He married Betty Jean Whiting in August of 1948 and they had four beautiful children. Clark and Betty treasured the time they spent involved in their children’s academic and sports extracurriculars.

Clark believed in the power of education in people’s lives and worked to support countless students throughout his tenure as a principal in Dighton and superintendent in Little River and Newton. Clark Whiting had an impressive resume, but his greatest legacy was the kindness he showed to each and every person in his path.

He was an avid genealogist and would even help other people research connections within their own family trees and ancestry. Clark volunteered his time as a Volunteer Tax Assistant and as a member of the Lions Club. He was also very involved in his faith community and served as the president of the Sunday school. His lifelong commitment to the St. Louis Cardinals created a legacy of “Cards fans” in his children and grandchildren. He was a skilled tennis player, staying active in local games until he was 88.

In his later years, when he wasn’t enjoying a bag of Fritos or teaching a grandchild how to play tennis, he could be found admiring the fireflies outside his window. He appreciated all the beauty in his life, in big and small ways.

Clark is survived by his four children, Susan, Carol, Kevin, and Julie, children-in-law Elaina, Jim, and John, and grandchildren, Andrea and Michelle.