We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Croxford Funeral Home
James Dale (Arrotta) Clark, 79, passed away Friday, May 20, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 4th at 2:00 PM in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with Burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at the VFW following the burial.
Born August 7, 1942, in Great Falls, MT to Barbara Jane (LaMotte) and James Joseph Arrotta, James attended local schools graduating from the College of Great Falls with a bachelor's degree in Business. He joined the U.S. Navy in August of 1959, serving on the USS Burton Island, a Wind-class Icebreaker, he served in the Artic and Antarctic Air Rescue Salvage, as well as on the USS Grasp during the Korean War. He transferred to the Naval Reserve in July 1963 and was honorably discharged in August 1965. That same month, he married Leona Malatare; the couple remained together until she passed away.
James worked as a boatswain, running boats, refueling at sea, towing, and salvage. He was a Little League Northside President of American’s Board of Director, Great Falls Handicapped Coalition President, North Central Independent Living Board Member and State Boxing Official both Pro and Amateur. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, and was happiest when he was in the great outdoors.
He is survived by his daughter, Theresa D. Hoyt(Wayne) of Bigfork, MT; son, Calvin J. Clark of Great Falls; sisters, Charlene Standsberry of Goodman, MO and Maggie Hale of Prineville, OR; brothers, David Clark of Espenola, NM, Robert Clark of Great Falls, Lewis Arrotta of Augusta, MT, Dan Arrotta and Randy Arrotta of Spokane, WA; four grandchildren, Zachary LaMere, Anthony Clark, Dashiell Clark and Shelby Beck and five great-grandchildren.
Those who have preceded him in death include his wife, Leona N. Clark; mother, Barbara (LaMotte) Clark; father, James Joseph Arrotta; stepfather, Selmer D. Clark; half-brother, John Arrotta and half-sister, Toni Walters.