Clark Wesley Norfleet (1906-1984)
by phil Norfleet
CLARK WESLEY9 NORFLEET (REVEREND ABRAHAM LINCOLN8, JOHN WATSON7, REVEREND ABRAHAM6, JAMES5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, THOMAS1 NORTHFLEETE)1 was born 12 June 1906 in Laclede County MO, and died 02 May 1984 in Larimer County CO1. He married VIOLET DOROTHY MORTIER2,3 21 November 1925 in Jefferson County (Golden) CO3, daughter of EMERY MORTIER and DOROTHY MASON. She was born 14 July 1906 in Scott County IA4,5, and died 07 July 1978 in Denver County CO5.
Clark Wesley Norfleet was born in Lebanon, Missouri on 12 June 1906; he was born in the house of his maternal grandfather, William Randolph Mayfield (1834-1914), a prosperous local farmer. Clark was the youngest child of Reverend Abraham Lincoln Norfleet and Louella Belle Mayfield.
Clark's mother died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1909, when he was only three years old. As a result, the primary maternal influence in his childhood was provided by his older sister, Evalyn, who was eleven years his senior. Since his father was a minister of the Gospel, Clark's childhood was characterized by considerable travel and frequent geographical relocation.
HIGH SCHOOL AND MARRIAGE
In the early 1920's, Clark's father became the pastor of the Mayflower Congregationalist Church in Englewood, Colorado. While a high school student living in Englewood, Clark met the daughter of a neighbor family, Violet Dorothy Mortier. At this time, Clark was quite a handsome and outgoing young man; he rode a motor cycle and was considered a bit wild and exciting to his fellow students at Englewood High School. Clark and Violet began dating and, soon after graduation, they eloped and got married in Golden, Colorado, on 21 November 1925. Both were only nineteen years old at the time and the marriage was strongly opposed by both their families.
LIFESTYLE AFTER MARRIAGE
Feeling unwelcome in Englewood, the newlyweds commenced an itinerant life style, traveling by car all across the United States, working at various odd jobs and frequently staying with relatives and friends. They continued this gypsy life style for about three years, and, although they had very little money during this time period, both Clark and Violet said that this three years was the happiest time of their lives!
In about 1928 they returned to the Denver area, which remained their permanent home for the rest of their lives. During the Great Depression, their economic situation was actually quite favorable. Both Clark and Violet had jobs throughout these years and their combined income was good for the times. They were able to buy new cars (Oldsmobiles) every three years and also acquired some mountain property about 55 miles from Denver, in Park County. At that location, they built a log cabin in 1937. This cabin was used as a recreational, summertime home for many years thereafter.
RETIREMENT AND DEATH
After his retirement, Clark still drove a 4WD, a 1974 and later a 1979 Scout II, but he rarely did any off-road travel. In July 1978, Clark's wife, Violet, died of cancer after a long illness. In May 1979, Clark married Della Deselm, the widow of a long time family friend. Clark and Della moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where they remained until Clark's death. During the last years of his life, Clark and his second wife took a number of long automobile trips in the United States and Canada, including a visit to Clark's boyhood home in Missouri. In late April 1984, Clark Norfleet suffered a massive stroke and died a few days later, on 2 May 1984.
Child of CLARK NORFLEET and VIOLET MORTIER is:
i. PHILIP CLARK NORFLEET, born 15 August 1941, Denver Colorado.