Christopher Stark, 22, who graduated from Monett High School in 2007, died Sunday when the military truck he was driving was hit by an IED. Stark was a member of the United States Army's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit. He lived in Fort Polk, La.
Stark is the son of Teresa Stark, who worked for the Monett R-1 School District from 1994 to 2009 as director of the adult education program at the Southwest Area Career Center. She was a past president of the Monett Kiwanis Club. Stark presently serves as director of the Nevada Regional Technical Center.
Monett School District staff who worked with Teresa Stark have received the word of Christopher Stark's death and are experiencing the news as a personal loss. Linda Lines, who worked with Teresa Stark at the Career Center, recalled Stark's sons, Christopher and Trent, were 6 and 8 when Stark began her duties in Monett. The boys would ride the bus from the elementary school with the other children of Career Center employees and walk across Ninth Street to wait for their parents to complete their day's shift. Lines said all the employees shared the daily routine like family.
Peggy Spurlock, the Southwest Area Career Center career services coordinator, spent time with Stark yesterday.
Flags at the Career Center and at Monett High School flew at half mast in Christopher Stark's honor today. Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said ROTC protocol authorizes the school district to fly flags at half mast in honor of members of the Junior ROTC program in the district.