Clark Lynn Quiring
August 21, 1953 ~ December 10, 2019
Clark L. Quiring, 66, Sioux Falls, attained his Heavenly home on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at the Dougherty Hospice Home in Sioux Falls.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Central Church, (3102 W. Ralph Rogers Rd) in Sioux Falls, with visitation beginning 12:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Clark has been established to support Law Enforcement.
Clark Lynn Quiring was born on August 21, 1953, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, to Donald and Louise Quiring. His family moved to Blue Earth, Minnesota, where he enjoyed his childhood years growing up in a small town, hunting, fishing, and working on mechanical projects with his friends. He played football and wrestled for Blue Earth High School, from which he graduated in 1972.
He went on to college, from where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. At college, he met and married his best friend, Sarah Payne. For their first adventure as a married couple, they packed up what little they had in the back of their truck and drove up the Old ALCAN, where they settled into a little house on the hill in Homer, Alaska, that came with a million dollar view of Katchemak Bay. It was there that they welcomed their daughter Heidi into the world.
After teaching in Alaska for one year, they moved to Sioux Falls, where Clark’s career in law enforcement began. Not long after moving to Sioux Falls, Clark and Sarah welcomed their second daughter, Heather, into the family.
Clark’s law enforcement achievements were many, moving through each rank until he was named Chief of the Sioux Falls Police Department in 1997. He led the Sioux Falls Police Department SWAT Team, started up the K-9 Unit, Honor Guard, and Chaplaincy Program. He was privileged to be involved with the design and construction of the new Law Enforcement Center. After retiring from the Sioux Falls Police Department in 2004, Clark and Sarah moved to Forest Lake, Minnesota, where Clark was the Director of Public Safety of the Forest Lake Police Department for eight years.
In his free time, Clark kept busy with mechanical projects ranging from rebuilding a Willys Jeep, to a 1936 Ford, plenty of hunting, perhaps not enough fishing, mountain backpacking treks, and skiing trips, along with riding his motorcycle all the way to Alaska. What mattered to him most was being on the sidelines, cheering on his girls in their cross country meets, band competitions, parades, and ball games. Walking each girl down the aisle brought him such joy as he welcomed two “sons,” Bryan and Jarrod, into the family. Then came his four grandchildren—first Nathan, then Luke, followed by Nolan, and, not long after, Evelyn. Now we’re talking adventure!
Throughout these adventures, and in the midst of Clark’s two-year illness, his quiet and thoughtful character, unselfishness and steadfastness are testimony to the Christian man he strove to be.
Clark will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend of 44 years, Sarah; two daughters, Heidi (Bryan) Anderson, Rochester, MN, and Heather (Jarrod) Smart, Valley Springs, SD; four grandchildren Nathan, Nolan, Luke and Evelyn; mother, Louise Quiring, Windom, MN; two brothers, Randy (Paulette) Quiring, Prior Lake, MN, and Todd (Kathi) Quiring, Westbrook, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Clark was preceded in death by his brother, Dana Quiring, and his father, Donald Quiring,