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Clarke Vincent Jester

August 8, 1934 - March 7, 2020

Clarke Vincent Jester, aged 85, of Bear, DE passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Born in Wilmington, DE on August 8, 1934, he was the son of the late Clarence Otis and Margaret Hazel (Graham) Jester. Clarke served in the Delaware National Guard and proudly as a Delaware State Police officer for 20 years. He graduated from Wilmington University with a BS in Criminal Justice in 1977. He retired from the Delaware State Police in 1978 as a Staff Captain. After retirement Clarke worked as the Delaware FEMA Director and as a Prudential real estate agent.

In addition to his parents, Clarke was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Rae Jester and by his son, Brian Patrick Jester. Clarke is survived by his sister, Joan and brother-in-law, John Gaynor; children, Deborah C. Jester of Wilmington, DE, Raymond J. Jester of Germany and Dianne and Joseph Pizzi of Doylestown, PA; grandchildren, Stacie Shaughnessy (Michael), Nicole Kuczynski, Ashley Pizzi, Amanda Femano (Vincent) and Emily Pizzi; and great grandchildren, Faith, Rylee, Zane, Teagan, Elena, Vincent Jr., Quinn and Aven.

Clarke loved all animals and nature and donated regularly to over 15 animal charities. He especially loved his pet Schnauzers and raised many litters. Clarke played football, basketball, and baseball in and after high school and coached for the Delaware State Police Youth Basketball League for over 20 years. He mentored many troubled youth. Clarke enjoyed telling stories of growing up in Wilmington, being a police officer and dating his Patricia. He adored his Patsy Rae for 67 years. Clarke will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clarke’s memory to the Delaware State Police Memorial Fund, PO Box 430, Dover, DE 19903.

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  • Rest in peace

  • Clark was a solid comrade, he made coming to work fun…God bless him, may be rest in peace.

  • God Bless Clarke a fine gentleman and public servant. I met Clarke when he was a State Trooper and I was a young Deputy Attorney General. Later I did many real estate settlements as his real estate clients attorney. My Prayers to all his Family …. We have lost a great man

  • My sympathy to my nursing school friend Debbie in the loss of your father. Know that he is in my prayers as are you.
    Linda

  • My condolences to the family of Clarke. I worked with him at Troop 1 for a short time as I was TAD from Troop 6.
    Great to have the honor to have worked with and knew him. May he rest in peace on his eternal patrol.

  • Clarke was a special kind of man. I met him 22 years ago at Prudential Real Estate.
    He was a smart, kind ,funny mentor. Loved his family so much.
    Honest and caring for this world.
    I know he is in Heaven.
    Prayers for his family. You were truly blessed to have this man.

  • I was fortunate to have had Clarke come to the Experimental Station in the early 1970’s and give a talk on illicit drugs. He did this often as part of the narcotics force of the Delaware State Troopers, and came to an anxious crowd that filled the entire seminar room. I have great respect and fond memories of him. Blessings to his family and loved ones as each of you honor his memory and celebrate his legacy.

  • Mr. Jester was an “old friend of the family.” He was a good friend of my father, and when Mr. Jester was a State Trooper he would stop by for a quick breakfast at our house before he would direct traffic at St. Mary Magdalen Church on Sundays. Although brief, we always looked forward to him stopping by. Years later our paths would cross again when he sold us our second house! What I remember most was how warmly he took to our daughters. HIs name will always be in our hearts.

    Patti and Joe Vattilana