Clark Lyons was my brother-in-law. For those who care, here is the rest of the story. He was a gifted sign painter, and a good musician. Unfortunately, way back in 1974 at 19 he started heavily drinking and abusing substances to conquer his insecurites. It didn't take long to become an alcoholic. He was married and had a child but those habits ran the show and he was soon divorced and his wife chose to have no contact ever with him. He felt like a failure and the habits became worse until he chose to roam the country living pillar to post and yes becoming a street person of sorts. He was very well kept though which is why trying to take a bath doesn't suprise me. He was a likable guy really charming and funny. He was in and out of prison for this thing or that. With all that he went through we as his family are thankful his death was not the result of a violent crime, or in jail, or in a hospital. We have all helped him throughout the years but he was too entrenched in the lifestyle to stop. He would visit by just calling from the bus stop and would stay a few days then on he would go.
He came from a broken home. His father was an alcoholic and his mother had a mental condition. They had seven children and most of their lives they lived in foster homes. All of the siblings have been affected though none as tragically as he was. The rest have done far better.
Clark did have faith though. His life has been so sad but now I believe he is at peace and is for the first time in many years happy.
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