Joseph Thomas Clark
Joseph Thomas Clark, former resident of Aspen and Carbondale, loving husband and father of seven, passed away February 21, 2015 at Life Care Center in Longmont, CO.
Tom was born June 25, 1928 in Newcastle, Wyoming and at the age of 14 moved to Utah where, in 1946, he graduated from Davis High School in Kaysville. After qualifying for Naval Officer Training, Tom married Janet Smith in 1947 and was blessed with three children: Christina (Tom) Carlsen, Joseph Thomas Clark (Linda) and Carolee (Paul) Strom. After Janet’s passing in 1953 Tom moved his children to Denver, Colorado where he met and married Beverly Gunn on October 8, 1955. Tom and Beverly added to their family with four more children: Kimberly (Tim) Cutler, Douglas Clark, Karleen Clark and Allison (Brian) Morrison. He was Papa to 17 grandchildren and Ggpa to12 great grandchildren whom he adored.
Tom had a long and productive career as a food broker, working his way up to become the CEO of Rocky Mountain Marketing Services.
Tom believed in service to others and demonstrated this through his many affiliations over the years. In addition to his duties as an elder for his church, Tom was passionate about his time with Rotary International, serving as District Governor from 1991-92. Tom was a Paul Harris Fellow and was an alumnus of the Rotary Foundation. From 1960-1968 Tom served Colorado School District #50 as a member of the school board and, eventually, the President of that Board. A lifetime member of the International Arabian Horse Association, Tom was integral in the promotion of the Arabian gelding as the “perfectly versatile show horse”.
Tom Clark always gave the credit for his busy life to the support of his beloved Beverly; his “RotaryAnn” and best friend. His devotion to his family, his love of community, and his commitment to pass on to succeeding generations a passion for public service will stand as his legacy. He will be greatly missed, fondly remembered and never forgotten.
A memorial service was held 11:00am Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Westview Presbyterian Church. Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, OUR Center or Westview Presbyterian Church and sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel. Visit http://www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
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