Bob, 90, a life long Santa Rosa businessman and community leader passed away March 25, 2009. Born in Willits, CA to Georgia Brown Clark and Frank Clark in 1918.
He was raised in Willits, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa where he graduated from SRHS and SRJC. He met his wife, Vinnie, at a dance club in Rio Nido. They eloped to Carson City while he was attending the University of California at Berkeley. They announced their marriage upon his graduation from Cal with a degree in business. Married for 67 years she passed away in 2007.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and spent 29 months in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, mostly in the Philippines, commanding an LCI rocket launching ship. He remained in the Naval reserve until 1953.
After the war he returned to Santa Rosa and began a long career as an insurance broker and partner in the Frank Luttrell Agency and several others, last associated with George Peterson Insurance. His love of the area kept him involved with many organizations. He was past president of most groups he joined, including the Active 20-30 club, Sonoma County Tuberculosis Association, Sonoma and Mendocino County Boy Scouts Council, and the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.
During his tenure as Chamber President he took an adamant position against the planned route for PG&E highline power trunks through Bennett Valley and Rincon Valley. Through negotiation the route was adjusted to go around the city’s master plan boundary.
Bob grew up fishing and hunting with his Dad and brother in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. His accounts of the past were fascinating in their marriage of keen appreciation and observation, together with a very acute memory. He loved to fish and hunt and had a wealth of experiences and friends from which he seemed to always be able to extract yet one more untold account.
A vital member of the Pieta Hunting club since 1957, he will be missed on the hunt. His three sons, Michael (Yvette) Clark of Windsor, William Clark (life partner Jeffery Stanfield) of Las Vegas, and Jamie (June) Clark of Santa Rosa; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Santa Rosa Memorial Park, 1900 Franklin Ave., followed by a gathering and lunch at the Wild Oak Saddle Club. The family would like to thank Home Health Care for providing loving caregivers to Dad and Creekside Convalescent Hospital for their care in his final days. He last served his community as a director on the SRJC Foundation Board and those desiring to make memorial donations can do so to the SRJC Foundation “scholarship program” 1501 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395. Arrangements in care of SANTA ROSA MORTUARY, EGGEN & LANCE CHAPEL. 545-3747.
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