You may remember the Wilsons from 19 Kids and Counting. The fundamentalist family band did some construction on both the Duggars' and the Bates' homes, and appeared in an episode when the family went to the roller rink. Plus, Jana Duggar was rumored to be courted by Joseph Wilson in 2017. Unfortunately, Clark Wilson, the patriarch of the family, passed away on Jan. 18 after a two-year battle with cancer. Learn about his journey, and the rest of the family, below.
Clark Wilson's obituary proves what a respected man he was.
"He was a member of Terry’s Creek Baptist Church," the obit reads. "Mr. Wilson was an ordained minister and also attended seminary. He loved to volunteer his time for mission work. The family has traveled; doing music ministry, construction, prison ministry, nursing home ministry, and disaster relief, for over twelve years. He loved his God, his wife; of over thirty-seven years, his children. He showed his family he loved them by teaching them to love the Lord and seek his will on every decision. To live by God's word and example. He served in the National Guard." He asked that instead of flowers, people donate to www.gospelink.org. He was laid to rest in Magnolia, MI, on Jan. 22.
Clark Wilson's condition had recently worsened.
Clark was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, according to a GoFundMe created by Lassie McRae. The Duggar family brought attention to his struggle by posting, "Michelle and I would like to share a prayer request and a need: a friend of ours Clark Wilson who is a pastor and wonderful father of nine precious children has just found out he has cancer. The Wilson family are so giving and have such servant's hearts. Please join us in helping bless the Wilson family during their time of need."
In November 2017, the Wilsons revealed that Clark's condition took a turn for the worse. "A little over two years ago, Clark Wilson discovered he had cancer," the update read. "He's been battling Multiple Myeloma for the last two years. There have been victories & there have been set backs. Recently, there was a major set back. The doctors said that the chemo treatments weren't working anymore. They gave Clark 2-3 months to live." The family raised $18,400 for his care, but they're still hoping to reach $75,000 after his passing for "bills and everyday life expenses like groceries, gas, supplies, etc."
Luckily he had a big family to lean on.
Much like the Duggars, the Wilsons are deeply religious and have a large family. Clark leaves behind his wife Denise, and children Allison, 32, Lana, 24, Luke, 22, Jacob, 19, Levi, 18, Jonah, 16, Rachel, 15, Seth, 11, and Daniel, 7, according to their family blog. A daughter named Joy passed away before her father, as did an infant.
Son Joseph took to Instagram to share his pain, writing, "This morning we lost the best man I have ever known to a long battle with cancer. My Daddy lived a completely selfless life that was dedicated to serving God and other people. He knew what was important like no one else I've ever known, he worked very hard to support his family his whole life, but always had time for us kids when we needed him. He had a complete faith in God like you very rarely see today. And this morning his pain and suffering stopped and heaven welcomed home a saint that served his Lord faithfully and now he has what he's been looking forward to almost his entire life." Austin and Joy-Anna Forsyth sent their love, writing, "Praying for you all!"
The family is incredibly hardworking.
Clark built a construction company that much of his family works for. But that's far from the only thing they do! They also have a farm, family band, and of course, God's work to attend to. "Our family band features vocals along with banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and dobro," their blog explains. "We consider it one of our greatest blessings to be able to glorify God and lead others in worship together as a family! At home we stay busy with everything from dairy goats to chickens, homeschooling to a family business." It's unclear how his passing will affect their day-to-day activities moving forward.
Clark's obituary revealed that it was important to him to pass his skills on to his family. "Mr. Wilson worked in construction all his married life and as a gunsmith for a number of years. He was also an electrician. He would teach his sons many skills by allowing them to work along side of him." Our hearts go out to the Wilsons during this difficult time.