LAFAYETTE (CBS SF) — Longtime peace activist Louise Clark, who owned the property on which the “Crosses of Lafayette” war memorial was built, passed away Sunday at age 86.

More than 4,000 crosses have been planted on the hillside adjacent to the Lafayette BART station since Clark and Jeff Heaton, a local building contractor, began the memorial in 2006 to recognize U.S. service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Heaton said.

According to Heaton, Clark and her husband, Johnson Clark, who passed away several years ago, were longtime activists and supporters of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek.

Louise Clark died at her son’s house in Santa Rosa surrounded by family and friends, Heaton said. She had been fighting cancer for more than a year.

A memorial service will be held for her this weekend.

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Comments (2)
  1. Diddo Clark says:

    Louise Clark’s daughter’s 8/24/2011 request for an open, inclusive, and peaceful Louise Clark memorial service.
    (a) Hold it at my parents’ neighborhood pool, or another large public place, so everyone who wants to attend may do so, including all of her children & grandchildren. If Mom’s memorial is at her house, as scheduled, some of her children & grandchildren will be excluded by her agents, & some of her friends will be excluded 4 lack of space.
    (b) Have an open mike. Louise Clark was a champion of free speech & civil liberties.
    (c) Anyone who participates in a Louise Clark memorial service at her house, or which otherwise excludes any of her descendants, would be: inappropriately condoning exclusion of Louise’s descendants, supporting war among Clarks, & undercutting the peace that Louise’s admirers profess to support.
    (d) Please lobby for this request at the RSVP address – – and otherwise.
    Thanks. Diddo Clark, (925) 283-2803.

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