Clark Randy Hackett, age 59, of East Burke, and lifelong Burke resident passed away at his home Thursday, January 21, 2021 surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with cancer.
Clark was born in St. Johnsbury, VT on March 5, 1961, son to Jacqueline Joyce (Clark) and Robert Wesley Hackett. He grew up and was educated in Burke, graduating from Lyndon Institute in the class of 1979. On May 23, 1992, Clark married Donna Reneei Recchia. He loved his work at NSA where he remained for over 35 years, starting as a machinist and later taking on many roles from engineering manager to business development specialist.
Clark was a football legend during his high school years at Lyndon Institute, starring as an offensive end and defensive safety. He was considered one of Vermont’s premier receivers in 1978, catching 25 passes and gaining 568 yards. It was said of Clark, “If he could touch it, he caught it.” In 1978 Clark received Honorable Mention on the Prep All-American Football Squad selected by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and was the only unanimous first team choice on the Vermont All-North Division II offensive team. He was selected to play in the 1979 VT/NH Shrine game where he was Vermont’s “lone bright spot” as he hauled in four passes for 50 yards, accounting for two-thirds of Vermont’s offense
Clark also played baseball at Lyndon Institute, and was a member of the 1978 VT State Division III Championship team. He later played in area softball leagues and coached girls’ youth basketball. He was an exceptional golfer, playing in the St. Johnsbury Country Club league for years. Clark loved being outdoors and was a passionate deer hunter with many successful hunts. Being with his family was where his heart lay; he was his daughters’ biggest fan, attending all their sporting events and cheering on their various accomplishments. He especially enjoyed spending time recently with his newborn twin grandchildren.
Clark is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Hackett, of E. Burke; his daughters, Faye Spatafora and husband, James, of Colchester, CT, and Carli Hackett of E. Burke; his mother Jacqueline Hackett; 5 siblings, Gail Weed of W. Burke, Dale Hackett of Sutton, Rick Hackett and wife, Marcia, of E. Burke, Kim Before and husband Brad, of W. Burke, and Kelly Hackett of Sheffield; 2 grandchildren, Emilia Clarke and Everett Anthony Spatafora; several nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Memorial donations to support cancer research may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), the Jimmy V foundation (jimmyv.org/donate), or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (https://cancer.dartmouth.edu/donate)
There will be no calling hours or services at this time.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com.