Shane Clark died
in an accident in southern Alberta on Dec 29, 2005. He was known
for his enthusiasm, readiness to work, personal interest in everything,
innovative ideas, friendly spirit and love of his family. It would
have surprised Shane that I chose this image, but it is a typical
photo that I snapped of Shane while we were working in the field
(a lentil field experiment, in this case). As usual he was hard
at work, doing his best to get the job done right, going the extra
mile, not making any excuses. In addition to working as a truck
driver, Shane worked with us on grasshopper research at the Research
Centre, on an Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
project to revise the sampling methods for forecasting insect
outbreaks, and in grassland environment studies at the University
of Lethbridge, Department of Geography (where he was also learning
GIS and completing his University degree). We were never disappointed
when we relied on Shane. And, he always had a joke to tell.
Many people will remember
Shane as an example to follow.
We offer sincere condolences
to his family.