Douglas Grant Clark, 59, veteran, security technician

August 23, 2004

Douglas Grant Clark, a self-employed security alarm technician and former public television producer, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Tuesday at his home in Cascade. He was 59.

Mr. Clark grew up in Homeland and graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore and Hobart College in New York.

He served in the Navy for four years and had a tour of duty in Vietnam aboard an aircraft carrier, said his son, Thomas Grant Clark of Greencastle, Pa.

After his discharge from the Navy in the early 1970s, Mr. Clark took a job as a director and producer at Maryland Public Television. For more than a decade, he produced and directed a number of shows, including children's educational programs and a news program.

In the early 1980s, he left MPT for a brief stint with WBAL-TV. During that time, he met the former Julia West. They were married in 1986. The couple divorced in 1987. An earlier marriage, to Rebecca Doll, also ended in divorce.

Thomas Clark said he and his father shared a close relationship. They were involved in the Boy Scouts, where Mr. Clark was an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 97 in Waynesboro, Pa. The two spent many weekends backpacking, hiking and camping.

Mr. Clark's proximity to the Catoctin Mountains - he lived a few miles from the Appalachian Trail - enabled him to volunteer at the High Rock point of the trail. At 1,900 feet, it is a popular vista for hikers, who can enjoy the view of the Cumberland Valley. Mr. Clark spent many hours maintaining and cleaning the viewpoint.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

In addition to his son, survivors include a sister, Carol Clark Coolidge of Santa Fe, N.M.

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