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Denton R. Clark Jr., former coastal engineering chief for Army Corps of Engineers

Nov. 16, 1923 – Dec. 13, 2016

Denton R. Clark Jr., of East Amherst, who managed numerous coastal projects for the Buffalo district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, died Tuesday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 93.

Denton R. Clark Jr.

Born in Lyndonville, he was valedictorian of his class at Lyndonville High School. After earning his degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers and advanced to the post of chief of coastal engineering.

Mr. Clark set up and developed the Buffalo district’s coastal engineering section, which received national recognition.

In addition to his work on coastal projects in the Buffalo area, he consulted as a coastal engineering expert on several projects across the nation. He was honored as a Buffalo district distinguished employee.

His efforts helped the Presque Isle Off Shore Breakwater project in Erie, Pa., a breakwall and beach restoration of unprecedented size, to become acclaimed as one of the top 10 U.S. engineering achievements of 1993 by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

An avid reader and outdoorsman, he enjoyed fly fishing, archery and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Helen E. Chushak; a son, Denton R. III; a daughter, Juliana C. Janson; a brother, John “Hugh”; a sister, Joan Barry; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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