Liberty Lake 2020: A Community Yearbook

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“Profiles & Milestones" (continued)


'DO THE RIGHT THING,' 10 YEARS AND RUNNING Ten years ago, Chris Clark placed a bet on the two decades of automotive experience he had gained working for respected industry mentors, and went all in on his own venture, opening Clark’s Tire & Automotive at 16010 E. Sprague Ave. Since that day on Aug. 8, 2010, he’s built a business around serving the community and has been blessed to see that community support him back. Clark’s philosophy is simple: “Do the right thing.” Emphasizing integrity, customer service and a one-stop automotive care philosophy, his business has grown rapidly, including the addition of a second location at 710 W. Francis Ave. in Spokane. Along the way, Clark’s has picked up awards from local Chambers of Commerce and recognition from the dozens of sports teams, school fundraisers and nonprofit causes the business has supported. His favorites are the times he has been able to help connect people down on their luck with a vehicle or discounted service, or donating proceeds from special events to a favorite nonprofit like SNAP or Meals on Wheels. He is also proud of his partnership with the Washington State Patrol, maintaining and repairing many fleet vehicles over the years.

Chris Clark and family Clark defers a lot of credit for his success to his team of longtime employees. “I just have a really good crew,” he said. “It’s almost like hand-picking the best of the best.” Away from the business, Clark loves everything outdoors and his beloved Seattle Seahawks. His first love is his family, including wife, Erin, and their five children. For more, visit and see ad on page 81.


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When she moved to Liberty Lake with her family some 40-plus years ago, Shelley Crump was 12. She couldn’t have known it then, but she had arrived in a community she would happily invest her life in. The oldest of 11 Demars children, Shelley played in the open, undeveloped fields and made lifelong friends with families that remain a part of the fabric of Liberty Lake. “The circle of friends I hung out with then I consider some of the finest people,” she said. “And the way those people raised their families set the footing for how this whole community would develop. It’s an example, a standard that was set.” Shelley’s own family includes her