Clark C. Crapo was born to Monroe and Norma Mae (Davids) Crapo. He was raised in Alderson Oklahoma. As a child he enjoyed playing basketball, hunting, and coin collecting. He attended Alderson grade school, Haileyville High School, Eastern State College, and UT at Arlington and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. As a young man Clark liked math. He won the school award the sophomore year. He also played football and basketball in school.
Clark was married from 1974-1975. He currently lives with his longtime companion, Gloria Sherwood. They met at a Halloween party in 1985 and have been friends ever since.
Clark served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was sent to the Aleutian Islands in Adak, Alaska. He was a radioman. He relayed messages to passing ships. In 1968-1969 he was shore based at Danana, Vietnam. His job there was to relay messages to naval detachments. He worked 12 hours a day. "I experienced rocket attacks and an exploding ammo dump, " he shared. Besides the Navy, Clark had numerous jobs. As a youth he hauled a lot of hay. He was also an assistant chemist, chemical process operator, and a development chemist.
Clark traveled a lot over the years. He has been to Adak, Alaska, Danana, Vietnam, Sydney, Australia, al Cazumel, Mexico, Grand Camen Island, Disneyland, Rocky Mountain National Park, Washington D.C. When asked where his favorite trip was he said, "I was blessed with so many (trips), I cannot choose one. I treasure them all."
Today Clark suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. He enjoys working jigsaw puzzles, playing simple computer games, and watching TV.
Clark has some advice for the youth. His advice is, "Don’t just listen to your Elders, rather ask them questions about their life. Get to know them while they are still with us.