Wayne Clark • January 28, 2023

On Saturday, January 28, 2023 Ernest “Wayne” Clark III, unexpectedly passed away in Milwaukee, WI, leaving his loving family and friends behind.

Wayne was preceded in death by his two grandfathers, Wayne Enfinger and Ernie Clark Sr.

He is survived by two children, Skylar in KY and Seri in CT; loving mom, Annette; father, Ernest (Carol) Clark Jr.; his two sisters, Staci Lynn (Mike), and Sara Louise Levi (Tyler); two brothers, Joshua (Chelsea) and Elliott (Lyn); a nephew, Michael Scholeck; three nieces, Abigail Scholeck, Blakeleigh and Blossom Battles; two grandmothers, Anita Enfinger of Milton, FL and Faye Clark of Belpre, OH; uncle, Eric (Jennifer) in Ohio: aunt, Angie (Jeff) VanGestel and aunt, Lynn (Jerry) Barton. Wayne was close to all of his immediate cousins: William, Austin, Zachary, Anna, Benjamin, Ian, Jonathan and Cooper. He is also survived by a slew of LOVING “great” Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

Wayne was born in Bremerton, WA January 3, 1985. He was proudly part of a military family, living in several states throughout his childhood. During his teenage years he lived with his 2 sisters and mom in Allentown, PA where he graduated in 2003 from Salisbury H.S.

Wayne joined the United States Army, (a childhood dream come true), in 2004. He attended basic training in Ft. Sill, OK and then served the rest of his enlistment in Korea.

Returning stateside, Wayne began his adventurous lifestyle as a modern‐day nomad, traveling through‐out the U.S. with a backpack for many years with his dog Luna by his side, by foot, thumb or train. He traveled up one coast, then across the country, down the other coast, & then back across. He would land home in Florida for 1‐2 year stretches, but ultimately back to traveling to see so many friends he had acquired in his young 38 years.

Wayne had many passions in life: skateboarding, playing guitar, listening to all genres of music and drawing. During his travels he attended many music festivals and concerts, skateboarded at the largest skate park in the U.S. He is a self‐taught guitar and banjo player and had many sketchbooks of drawings of his hopes, dreams and life challenges.

Wayne loved with all his heart. He was a protector and a giant teddy bear all in one. He loved his sisters, nieces, nephew, his Nina and his Grammie most of all in this world.

So many loving and fun memories we must treasure of our Wayne. Remember the good and always know he loved all of us left behind with every sense of his being. He will always be with us.

One lyric of a song that he wanted tattooed but didn’t have yet: “My memories are for me alone, I prefer them to reality”

Family will receive friends at Pensacola Memorial Gardens on Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 1PM-2PM with a memorial service immediately following.

  1. Schoener Laurie says:

    Annette, Staci, Sara, Anita and family,
    We send love and deepest condolences on your loss and heartbreak…may wayne rest in peace..no words can take away your pain…just know we send love and hugs and thoughts during this difficult time. peace be with you and all those that Wayne left behind…Sara and Stacey…I also lost a brother too soon a few years ago..it’s a very deep sorrow that just rocks your being…I know your pain and sorrow and am so so sorry…Annette and Anita…love you both very much..Hugs to everyone!

  2. Mom says:

    I love and miss you so very much. 💔

  3. Sandy Young says:

    Such a beautiful praise for a son who loved you and you loved him. We never know when its the last time we will talk to a someone. Love you guys

  4. MaryAnn Bower says:

    Anette, as hard as this was to write, you did a wonderful job…I know he will watch over you and your girls from heaven….Hang in there every day will get alittle easier…take care Love ya Mary Bower. Call if you need to…

  5. Angie VanGestel says:

    We are heartbroken but proud that Wayne was the first to give us the title Aunt & Uncle. Annette we love you and pray that God keeps his hedge of protection around you during this time.
    Angie & Jeff

  6. Tom Sprankel says:

    Very sorry to hear this, our prayers are with the family. We miss seeing all of our family down by the river. Always remember the good times, and god bless

    Tom, Judy Sprankel

  7. Michael Wiegner II says:

    Wow I don’t even know where to begin we have always stayed in touch over the years now matter how many states we lived apart I can remember first getting into Skateboarding and hiring the streets with my neighbor Sean serie and your good friend we were a few years younger my skate crew was then yours you would walk up from Southside Allentown all the way up the hill and knock on my mom’s door randomly before cellphones just to see if I was home we would skate anywhere we wanted in Allentown no matter who would harrass us including running from the cops since Skateboarding was very illegal at that time and misunderstood we rode the teck bus together for years before you left for the army I stuck with Skateboarding and eventually cought back up afterwards visiting in Philadelphia to skate all the legendary spots we grew up watching on VHS in Skateboarding videos. When you moved to CT. Me and Eddie Hill visited for the weekend and drove farther North to skate the largest East coast skatepark Rye airfield after years of seeing it in Skateboarding magizines which eventually closed we got a lot closer again when you relocated to Milton FL we were both sober for some time and later went on a road trip which would have never been possible if I didn’t have a halfway Meetup point so I drove the first 7 hours Friday night after work to your place spent the night woke up early and we drove the other 9 hours straight into Huston Texas to skate the largest Skatepark in the country then stopped off in New Orleans for another one before returning to Florida and back to work that following Tuesday it was over 1000 miles in just under 4 days crossing 4 different states all for the love of Skateboarding you took some of my favorite video clips and photos I ever had and glad I have the YouTube video on the them skateboards YouTube page to always look back on and remember. From a school we never liked or didn’t really fit into to traveling the country doing what they all said was a childish activity that has saved my life countless times I wouldn’t trade those moments or memories for anything that is for being down to get in the car and go where ever just for the journey. I could say so much more but will never forget the good times rest in paradise until we meet again 🛹❤️🙏

  8. Linda Norman says:

    Our prayers and deepest condolences to you and your family.
    With Love, Linda and Keith Norman

  9. Nikki says:

    It’s never goodbye. It’s always “see you later”. Rest easy Wayne. I will cherish the memories made with you. Sending all of my love to family and friends.

  10. Greg Springer says:

    Wayne has been a friend of mine for over a decade, we’ve had happy/fun/good times, & ugly/scary/sad times. He always helped guide us out of the bad by being supportive and always giving. Wayne wanted to see us succeed, he was genuinely proud and happy to see my wife and I pull ourselves out of the gutter. Wayne felt other peoples emotions so strongly, he was an empath. He selflessly shouldered the burden of his friends pain not asking anything in return. There’s so much to say about Wayne he made such a huge impact on everyone who he ever encountered. Wayne had a way of just making you want to smile. I will never forget him.

  11. Jennifer Garcia says:

    I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said about Wayne, he was One of the greatest Men I’ve ever met. I remember telling him one day about how much he reminded me of my Grandpa and he started to tear up when he realized what I meant. He knew my Grandpa was the world to me and he was the best Man I ever met in my life. Wayne just told me that he felt honored that he reminds me of my Grandpa. That was Wayne to me, one of the best Men I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting and becoming close enough to call each other brother and sister. R.I.P WAYNE I will see you again when one day. I love you and miss you so much.

  12. Tricia Beall says:

    So sad to hear of Little Wayne’s loss. My heart goes out to Annette and Wayne as parents losing a child is never supposed to happen. To Stacy and Sarah I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. To his grandmother’s I am so sorry for the loss of your grandson.

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