Although born in Council, Idaho Mr. Clarkson was raised as a child in Tamarack, McCall, and Meadows. He attended Beaumont school, New Meadows, through third grade and moved with the school to the new Meadows Valley School for fourth grade in 1969. After a few months in Logan, Utah, Mr. Clarkson’s family settled in Hayden Lake, Idaho where he attended Dalton Garden’s Elementary School for fifth and sixth grades and Coeur D’ Alene Jr. High, Mid High, and High School. Clarkson attended and graduated from Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, Idaho. He was a youth pastor in Nampa and Meridian for several years.
During his high school and college years Mr. Clarkson worked with his father and later with a number of other contractors building houses. Clarkson became a primary construction foreman. He later worked in a commercial fixtures shop as a computer navigated table saw and router operator. He attributes much of his mathematical abilities to these experiences.
Clarkson married his four year college sweetheart in 1985. They have two daughters, now both married adults. The Clarksons moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in 1990 in order that Mr. Clarkson could attend Western Evangelical Seminary. He graduated in 1995 and the young family moved to San Jose, Costa Rica, for intensive Spanish language studies. Following the one year study the Clarksons moved to La Paz, Bolivia where Mr. Clarkson taught pastoral studies including Hermeneutics, Homiletics, History, Theology, and Languages — Greek, Hebrew, and English. He was also organizational bookkeeper during these years and programmed the multi-currency system for greatest efficiency using spreadsheets and macros.
After returning to the USA in 2002 the Clarksons settled in Dodge City, Kansas where Mr. C pastored the Evangelical Friends Church as well as taught Missions for one year at Barclay College in nearby Haviland, Kansas. Clarkson also worked as a substitute teacher in Dodge City, and Spearville schools for two years. Mrs. Clarkson taught Art at Spearville High School. Clarksons then spent three years in League City, Texas where Mr. Clarkson served as director of Instituto ALMA, a pastoral studies program for Spanish speaking leaders.
Clarksons returned to Idaho in 2011 where both have since been teaching. Mr. Clarkson substituted in Nampa, Vallivue, Caldwell, Middeton, and Kuna districts until receiving his teaching certificate. He studied independently until passing the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence examinations for teacher certification with a 6-12 Mathematics endorsement. Clarkson taught during 2014-2015 at Nampa High School and started at Cambridge, Idaho in the fall of 2016.
The Clarksons enjoy camping, traveling when possible, stream fishing, mushrooming, and huckleberry picking. Mr. Clarkson also does some hunting, lots of computer maintenance, web page development, and an occasional carpentry project.