Aug. 22, 2020 – – Diana Lynn Clark, 65, passed away on August 15, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, Gaga, and friend to many.
Diana was born in Bakersfield to Billy Jack and Betty Jo Greenfield. She grew up in McFarland, and for a memorable, but short time, in San Luis Obispo. She graduated from McFarland High School, and Bakersfield College.
Diana married Allen Clark on December 7, 1974. The two were married for 45 years before his passing last December. Together, they raised two sons, Ryan and Jared, and lovingly welcomed Andrea as a daughter-in-law. She loved being Gaga to their grandkids, Anneke and Luke.
Diana enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She and Allen loved going to the coast, especially when they could take their grandkids along. She attended the First Missionary Baptist church in McFarland and Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield.
Diana served as manager of Central Valley Almond Association in McFarland, California for that 15 years. A true advocate for almond hullers and shellers, Diana always spoke up for those who lived in the south valley. Diana is remembered as a good friend, respected mentor and champion. She continually motivated the Almond Alliance team, reminded us of the importance of our work and was always ready to lead a helping hand. Diana’s strong spirit brought grit and energy to everything she did. She had a twinkle in her eye and a smile that was encouraging despite the circumstances.
John Wynn, Golden Empire Shelling, commented, “Diane was a great lady who stepped forward as manager of Central Valley Almond Association in a time of need. She was one of this first female huller managers in the industry. She had the respect of the community, her members and board of directors.”
Diana has been involved in the Almond Alliance for many years, serving as Chair in 2011-2012. She believed in the importance of women’s engagement in agriculture and advocacy. Diana was a pioneer to women in the agricultural industry and was always there for support and encouragement.
“Diana Clark was a thoughtful, articulate, kind and fun member of the AHPA/AAC Board of Directors. She was a valued person at our meetings and a great human being! She will be missed greatly by the entire almond community,” said Almond Alliance Board member Dick Cunningham.
Diana’s fiery personality, big smile and devotion to her family and business were well known to all who knew her. Diana will be missed tremendously. The almond industry is stronger and better because of her work and we are committed to continuing her legacy.