Clark Satter


February 25, 1967  –  September 2, 2021


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Clark Satter

Clark Satter, aged 54, of Woodinville, WA, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 2, from complications of a brain infection.

Clark was the Beloved Son of Ethel and Richard Satter, Loving Father to Josh; Proud Grandfather of Callie and Carson.  Clark was Brother to Susan Bentley (Phil), Linda Satter, Lisa Melanson, Keith Satter (Cindy), Michele St Denis (Stephen), Michael Satter (Terry); and Uncle to seventeen nieces and nephews,  and numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Additionally, Clark leaves behind many people from his wide variety of interests and activities, including his spiritual community, his teammates at Microsoft, his Saturday morning Zoom Foodie group, and his acting community friends in North Carolina.

Clark was a valued part of the Microsoft team since 1997, most recently as a Global VM POD Readiness Lead.

Clark was an avid gardener, gourmet cook and baker, artist, writer, hobby actor, Harley rider and Seattle Sounders fan.

Clark served as a Petty Officer 2nd class in the US Navy as a Fire Control Technician on nuclear submarines for 3 years.

Clark believed in continuous self-improvement and personal reflection, especially regarding mental health.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his memory to

At this time, no services are scheduled but a  celebration of life will be planned for a later date.

17 Responses to “Clark Satter”

  • Michael Jolley says:

    I worked with Clark and he was one of my unofficial mentors. I would often run my crazy ideas by him for advice and would attend meetings for his team to get ideas to apply to my own. As evidence of Clark’s passion for self-improvement, I’ve read “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” a couple of times, after he recommended it in on of those meetings.

    Quite often, I would say something like “I think it should be like this” and Clark would respond with “I know, Michael, but you know that’s not how this works” and follow with that signature laugh of his. Always bringing me back to reality. His experience will be missed.

    My thoughts are with his family at this time.

  • Jim Cheshire says:

    I have worked with Clark for a few years on training work at Microsoft, but I also considered him a personal friend. A lot of our strategic approach to training engineers is heavily influenced by Clark’s thinking. He was always laser-focused on what’s best for the learner, and his passion and focus in our business resulted in positive transformation. He might not have been officially in a position to influence the broad organization, but he certainly did because of his wisdom and passion.

    On the personal side, Clark was simply an outstanding human being. He cared about the people he worked with. He spent the time to get to know people and to show them that they are valued. I can’t count the number of times a phone call started with a chat saying, “Do you have 5 minutes to chat?”, only to end 3 hours later. Those conversations would wander all over many topics, and when the call ended, I always felt that I was in a better place than when it started. I think Clark would agree with that, and I’m pretty sure what he would say is, “Absolutely.” 🙂

    Clark made me better at my job, but more importantly, Clark made me a better person. I will miss him deeply, and my prayers are with his family and all of his friends who are grieving this loss.

  • Shá says:

    Clark, You will be missed more than you ever could have imagined. I am blessed to call you part of my “choosen family.” The Seahawks & Sounders games will never be the same without you.

  • jay Parker says:

    Brother Clark: He is already missed. He walked into my life in October 2012 shortly after he arrived here from N.C. As an East coast guy we connected quickly. I feel honored to have watched him repair his relationship with his son and connect to his expanding new family. I saw him stretch into new pastimes and hobbies and I loved when he cooked anything especially at our movie nights in Redmond. I loved talking to him about Freehold NJ especially since my brother lives there now. Due to Covid and his health, the last time I saw him was at my retirement party in December 2019. I for one will miss him.
    God speed

  • Paúl Sancho says:

    What to say when you found out that not only a person you work with but someone who became a mentor and a friend died? It is hard to swallow and one more time it shows the fragility of life…Clark was one of the people I worked most closely during the last year as WWL PM and from the start I knew I was in front of someone brilliant, Clark’s jokes and comments were the spice for most of our meetings and interactions, I could still hear him laughing in his particular way, there were tons of improvised call where we started talking about business and ended talking about life, politics and movies…Clark was the type of person you want to sit with to talk for hours, an incredible human-being who will be deeply missed. My prayers are with Clark’s family and those who feel grief of his lost.

  • Maria Falvey says:

    Clark, I’m grateful for your friendship, and our last talk the day before you died. You’re truly unforgettable and I will miss you forever.

  • John Richards says:

    Clark, a man of peace, a strong, yet gentle force. We need more like you Clark; we need so many more like you. Peace.

  • Jaspar Blue says:

    Clark was a mentor and a friend to so many and the influence of his thought leadership has truly impacted the global business of Microsoft. I already feel the absence of his guidance. He had a way of relating any topic to personal experience, and then imparting his wisdom on the topic at hand. He and I worked very closely over the past two years as part of the readiness team. I can’t say enough about how this enriched me on my personal and professional growth journey. One of the last conversations I had with him ended in us both agreeing that our perspectives, while opposing in some ways, complemented one another and that we made one heck of a team. I’ll miss you partner. My heart and prayers are with all of his family and I know his memory will forever be a blessing.

  • Marcela C. says:

    I’m very thankful to have met Clark in person and to have had the opportunity to work with him in the Mentoring Program. He delivered my Foundations training 3 years ago, and ever since then the training for new hires has only gotten better. His passion for readiness was always something I admired. I could see he wanted the new engineers to have the best experience coming into Azure.

    He will be missed.

  • Chris L. says:

    Clark was always there when I needed help with anything. Although asking Clark for help often ended up in an hour long conversation about absolutely nothing (these were fun and I wished I had more now). He was there to listen and to help out with anything and everything. He truly embodied the One Microsoft spirit and will truly be missed.

  • Doug T says:

    Saddened to have you leave us, you will leave a gap in many areas. Happy to have known you even in just the little bit of time we talked.

  • SMAT says:

    Very difficult to come to terms that you are not with us anymore. You were such kind and gentle soul. Always composed no matter the situation. We have been in one team since a very long time and have so many fond memories. Will miss you my friend. Rest In Peace.

  • Steve Pogge says:

    Clark was a wonderful human being that always cared about others and helping them to succeed. He will be sorely missed yet his impact will be felt for many years to come by the people he has touched.

  • Sainath Vijayaraghavan says:

    Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences for such a big loss to your family. Please know that your family will always be in the memories and thoughts of our team. Clark was a great employee and a greater human being. He always cared for others and stood as an ally. Clark was such an integral part of Microsoft and his contributions and impact has been felt amongst 1000s of people in the company. I pray and hope you are able to recover from this huge loss and find joy and happiness in the fond memories you had with Clark.

  • Madiha Hussain says:

    My sincere condolences to friends and family of Clark. I have cherished my time working with Clark and have very fond memories working with him. He was genuinely a very kind soul who was ready to help anyone. Clark has helped me in not only doing a better job at my work, but also to be a better person. I still remember my first meeting with Clark, it was supposed to be a serious meeting with a fixed agenda and we spoke about everything under the shining sun other than work. We just connected as friends first and then work became a byproduct of our friendship.

    I have learnt a lot from you Clark and your passing has been a lesson to appreciate what we have until its too late! I never stop learning from you… rest in peace my friend!!!

  • SueAnn Furlong says:

    So sorry I’m so late for this tribute. Clark, I did not know you well, but we met when your son, Josh, and my granddaughter, Arella, were married. When I look at your photo, I definitely see Josh in you. Josh talked about you constantly and was so glad to have you in his life. Callie and Carson are fantastic, and such delights to be around. You left us way too young, and too soon. Obviously someone thought you completed your purpose(s) here, but I know you live on. Rest in peace and thank you for all you’ve done and all those you have touched.

  • earl woody says:

    Sad to hear of Clark’s pasing. We worked at Fluor in the ’90’s. Rita, my wife remembers when we first married, Clark and our friend Joe would be out partying and call us in the middle of the night. Always the cut-up. A genuinely great guy.

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