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Chris Clark

July 17, 1976 - Nov. 16, 2023

Chris Clark, Colfax resident, passed away unexpectedly on November 16, 2023, at the age of 47.

He was born Christopher Miller Clark, II, on July 17, 1976, in Healdsburg, California, to Christopher, Sr., and Stephanie Steckter Clark. Chris moved with his family when he was about four years old to St. Maries, Idaho, and soon thereafter to Marshall Lake and the Newport area.

He graduated from the Priest River High School in 1994. Chris thoroughly enjoyed playing in the jazz band during his high school years and played at many events with the band. After he graduated he worked for a few years in lumber mills in the area. He had friends in the Moscow, Idaho, area and was working as a mechanic for LaPlante's Cycle, the Honda dealer, in Pullman.

Chris met Dianne Kopf in 1998 while they were riding four wheelers with mutual friends. They have been together for over 25 years and were married August 26, 2005, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Chris and Dianne made their home in Colfax where he has worked for the City of Colfax Public Works Department for the last 17 years.

They loved to go boating and camping. Chris and Dianne took several trips on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle and saw places like Mexico and Canada on some of those trips. His very favorite place to be was at their lake place on Marshall Lake. He loved to go on fishing trips with the motor home. He was also a talented wood-worker and a good mechanic. He liked to show the grandkids how to fix things or teach them to fish.

Chris will be missed by many in the community but especially by his wife; Dianne at their Colfax home; three step-daughters; Shauna (Matt) Hammer of Colfax, Anna (David) Germer of Moscow, and Cathy (Josh) Boardman of Clarkston; five grandchildren, Gavin and Brice Hammer, Gracie and Cymon Boardman, and Caleb James Papineau; he also leaves behind and will be deeply missed by his parents; Christopher and Stephanie Clark of Priest River, Idaho and his sister; Olympia (Tony) Seubert of LaCrosse; and two nephews, Trey and Asher; and his maternal grandmother, Barbara Steckter of Fort Bragg, California. He was preceded in death by a step-son, Christopher James Papineau in 2014.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Chris at the Colfax Golf Course on Saturday, January 6, 2024, beginning at 11:30 AM. On-line guest book is at

Corbeill Funeral Home in Colfax is caring for the family.


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