About Jeff Clark Insurance

The founder of Clark’s Insurance, Marvin D. Clark, was raised in Iowa and was a banker in Arkansas and California before retiring in Grants Pass. The Depression beckoned him to start Clark’s Insurance Agency in 1930. The business originally was located in the Del Rogue Hotel (previously known as the Oxford Hotel), which is now the location of Rogue Roasters, formerly Firestone.

When M.D. (as he was known) suffered a serious heart condition in 1936, his son, Marvin W. Clark, entered the business. Marvin W. had previously owned a grocery store located in the building now occupied by Gates Furniture on 6th Street, but sold that business when his father suffered his heart problem.

M.D. passed away and Marvin had two sons willing to enter into the business. Jim Clark came into the agency in 1950. Bob Clark worked in the agency during the summer while attending college but was called into service and so was not able to join the agency until 1952. Marvin W. passed away in 1966. Jim Clark’s son Jeffrey joined the agency in 1975. In 1977 Jeffrey married Celia May Friend, a Grants Pass native.

In 1982 Bob Clark decided it was time to phase out of the business and went into semi-retirement. Bob passed away in 1996. After 46 years in the business, Jim Clark retired in 1996.

Celia Clark joined the agency in 1987 working closely together with her husband to achieve success. Jeff and Celia have two grown children and enjoy family time with the five grandchildren. They also enjoy their church and work together in the Grants Pass Lions Club.

As time goes by Jeff and Celia merged Jim & Bob Clark’s Insurance with Midland Empire Insurance Agency of Klamath Falls in 2010. Our merger has been very successful and continues the 85 year tradition of servicing the insurance needs of the good people in southern Oregon.