Clark L McRae, age 65, peacefully passed away on Friday October 15th, 2021, at St Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings Montana, lovingly surrounded by his children, brothers, and twin sister. His final wish was to be spread among the old wheat fields on the land he grew up on.
Clark was born three minutes earlier than his twin sister Christine, in Miles City, Montana September 1st, 1956. His eagerness to enter the world made him the 4th child born to Donald and Ina McRae. The McRae Ranch is where the family called home and raised their six children to work and respect the land. Clark cherished his time spent on the ranch throughout his life. Despite working elsewhere full time and raising his own family, Clark always jumped at the chance to work the land and cattle alongside his father, uncles, and brothers. He consistently took his children and many others to the country to work hard, play harder, and instill within his guests the same respect for the land that he was taught. Clark graduated from Custer County High School in 1974. Shortly after graduation, he married his first love, Cheryl Thomason. Together they welcomed their first daughter Jenifer in 1976 and soon followed Janelle in 1977. At the time, Clark worked for Clarence Cridland at Cridland Steel. He spoke very highly of Clarence and their paths crossed many times throughout life. Clark and Cheryl lived in Miles City, raising their daughters. After their marriage dissolved, they continued to raise and love their children immensely. In the summer of 1980, he caught the eye of Robin Siebert “Pepper”. She asked him to go dancing at the Alta Club, and they were married two years later. They remained in Miles City and started their family with Courtney in 1987 followed by Cory in 1993. During this time, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Portable Pavers. He was so fond of all of his co-workers at Portable Pavers and always shared stories of the shenanigans that occurred while on the job. Until his dying day, it was the highlight of any day to bump into an old co-worker and relive those fond memories. Upon leaving Portable Pavers, he was ready to be his own boss and purchased what is formally known as McRae Overhead Door. It gave him such a sense of pride working and serving his community in this way. Even after retirement, he would still get calls asking for help from his prior clientele and would jump at the chance to get his clients up and running again.
Clark was a great storyteller and always had jokes to share, which made his visits last longer than they would have. He believed his word and a handshake was as good as a contract and treated everyone as if they were childhood friends. In his later years, he would jump in his pickup without a destination, sometimes spending hours visiting with whomever he bumped into. He had a standing breakfast date with his good buddy Bruce every Saturday, which was followed by a BBQ at his place. He cherished his friendship with Bruce and would look forward to going to breakfast all week long. His grandchildren were what made his eyes sparkle and his biggest pride and joys. He would always be scrolling the internet looking for the next enticing trinket to surprise Macy with, and planning ice cream dates with Rhett at their new favorite place.
He was proceeded in death by his Father Donald McRae, Sister Lana Louise McRae, Grandparents Duncan “Chief” and Janet “Nettie” McRae, Peter and Eleanor Thulesen, Uncle Al McRae, and Aunt Donna McRae. Including many other cherished family and friends. Clark is survived by his children, Jenifer McRae of Billings MT, Janelle (Nik) McRae-Muggli of Hillsboro OR, Courtney McRae of Miles City and Cory (Shaynie) McRae of Buffalo WY. His grandchildren were the lights of his life, Rhett McRae and Macy Muggli. His Mother Ina McRae of Billings MT. His siblings Alan (Ann) McRae, Rod (Gwen) McRae, Chris (Sam) DeBoer, Marge McRae, Rich (Deb) McRae. His Uncle Art McRae and John McRae as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family will receive friends on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Parlor, 1806 Main Street. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.