Jeff Heaton, founder of the Lafayette Crosses memorial, sent word last night that Louise Clark, who owns the property on which the display sits, died Sunday morning after a yearlong battle with lymphoma cancer.
Clark died at her son Jack’s home in Santa Rosa surrounded by family and friends, Heaton said. Louise owned the property across from the Lafayette BART station with her husband, Johnson, who passed away several years ago. The couple befriended the Heaton family during a Lamorinda Democratic Club protest of the Vietnam war, Heaton said:
Louise and Johnson have been longtime activists and supporters of the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center in Walnut Creek. … Louise has always been a mentor and taught me that thinking outside the box is not only acceptable but the best way to bring about a lasting peace.
The organizers of the crosses display said earlier this month they have run out of room to add more crosses are are looking into a permanent Iraq War memorial on the site.