2019 Parade Grand Marshal - Clark Deardorff
The parade will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 25, 2019, and is sponsored by Just Cruisin’.
The Harleysville Jaycees are very pleased to announce that the 2019 Country Fair Days Parade Grand Marshall will be Clark Deardorff. Clark was a passionate coach in the community and an incredible human being.
Clark’s family has accepted the recognition on his behalf and will be featured in this year’s parade, along with the Founding Supporters of #IronDad23 Foundation.
Clark’s story is nothing short of amazing, inspirational and tragic. Days before his wife gave birth to their second child, his wife Celeste drove Clark to the emergency room. A sudden ailment of sepsis in his shoulder led to near-death, an induced coma and ultimately the amputation of both of Clark’s arms, and shortly after, both of this legs.
Clark may have been a quadruple amputee but despite the extreme adversity of his situation, he maintained stalwart optimism and determination. And he always carried with him an undying desire to show thankfulness and appreciation to everyone that supported him.
With the help of prostheses and a tremendous amount of determination and hard work, Clark learned to walk and enjoy many activities with his kids before he passed away last September (2018). At the time of his passing, he was survived by his two children and his wife, Celeste – pregnant with twins.
#IronDad23 is a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. With the help of its tireless staff, they assist student-athletes, sports organizations and local families in need.
You can learn more about Clark’s story at the following links: