Happenings - May 2006
Grand County High School
Clark Wilson, GCHS Class of
by Jeff Richards
parts store owner Clark Wilson, 48, is a proud member of
Grand County High’s Class of 1976.
Shortly after graduation thirty years ago, he met his future
wife Teresa, a native of Dolores, Colo., through a friend
of a friend. Clark and Teresa have been married since 1978
and are the parents of three children, all of whom are also
GCHS alumni: daughter Jessica Burton, 27, and sons Don Wilson,
23, and Zachary Wilson, 20.
Clark, who has worked in the auto parts business ever since
he finished high school, first worked for Charlie McCormick
at Canyonlands Auto Parts for a few years, then worked 18
years for The Parts Store (CARQUEST) before opening his own
store three years ago: Clark’s Parts Plus, located
at 1010 South Main in Moab. Both Clark and Teresa work in
the shop, as do a handful of other experienced employees.
Clark partly attributes his career choice to his high school
automotive teacher, Mr. Mel Grey. “I had always been
interested in cars, but Mr. Grey was part of my inspiration
to go into the auto parts business,” notes Clark.
Another memorable instructor Clark had was Eula “Granny” Griffin,
whom he remembered as being a very good vocabulary and word
also remembers the Red Devils going to the state playoffs
and playing in the 2A football championship game his senior
year, in the fall of 1975. The Red Devils lost that title
game to Delta, but Clark still remembers the excitement of
getting to play for the championship. Grand didn’t
see its first football title until this past year, when they
defeated San Juan 25-22 on Nov. 12, 2005 to win the 2A championship.
Although Clark and his wife didn’t make it to the game
at Cedar City that afternoon, they listened to it on the
radio. “What an exciting day that was for the whole
community,” he remarked.
Football is but one of many sports that the Wilsons enjoy
supporting. “We have always supported various sports
activities, as well as the debate teams over the years,” Clark
notes. As members of the Moab Rod Benders club, they also
provide scholarships for students who want to continue their
education after high school.
Clark’s family moved to Moab in 1963, when he was just
starting grade school. Clark is the youngest of four children.
He has two older brothers: Dave, who lives in California,
and Bill, who lives in Price, Utah. Older sister Becky McCormick
lives in Moab and was the attendance secretary at Grand County
High until recently, when she transferred to become the office
secretary at Red Rock Elementary. Becky’s husband Fr.
Charlie McCormick (Clark’s former employer) passed
away about a month ago.
Clark’s two sons played both golf and basketball while
in high school. Youngest child Zach, who played guard for
the Red Devils basketball team a couple of years ago (Class
of 2004) now lives and works in Grand Junction.
Clark says that the Moab area has always been an ideal place
to raise a family. “I have enjoyed raising my children
in a small town, with the beautiful Moab country in our backyard,” Clark
notes, adding that the family enjoys camping, hunting, fishing,
and various other types of outdoor recreation. Recently,
after a grueling week at the auto parts store during the
Moab Jeep Safari, Clark was able to get away for a few days
and go boating at Lake Powell. “It was kind of nice
to have a bit of a break,” he says. But now it’s
back to business as usual, he adds, even as he looked ahead
to the Rod Benders club’s April Action Car Show, which
traditionally brings in hundreds of vintage automobiles of
all makes, models, and years.
Clark doesn’t know whether the Class of 1976 has any
definite 30-year reunion plans, but he was happy to see many
of the Class of 1975 gather in town for a reunion last year. “I
saw quite a few people that week that I hadn’t seen
since high school,” he recalled.