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In Memory

Thom Clark

Thom Clark

Thomas Clayton Clark

Thomas Clayton Clark Jr., died on Sept. 5, 2016 at his home after a courageous battle with ALS.
Thom, the only child of Dorothy and Thomas Çlayton Clark, Sr., was born and raised in Waco, Texas. Thom graduated from Waco High School as Valedictorian. He then attended Oral Roberts University where he met Mary Jane Meinhardt. They married May 17, 1974 and recently celebrated 42 years together. They have two sons, Clayton, Carson and 5 grandchildren.

After college, Thom and Mary made their home in Broken Arrow, OK., where their sons were born. They later moved to Cokato MN to be near Mary's large family, ultimately returning to Tulsa in 2007.

Thom graduated from ORU with a BA in Communications. Later in life he completed a second degree in Applied Measurement Science. Professionally, Thom's career was varied. Initially, he started in sales and later moved into retail. He was a Calibration Specialist and most recently he was self-employed as a comptroller for a variety of Tulsa's businesses.

Thom was a long time member of Christian Chapel and served in various roles at all the churches he attended. He often helped those in need volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Co-Director of Awana, mentored young men, served on ministry boards, volunteered at Royal Family Kids, a summer camp for foster children and he helped many troubled youth. Thom and Mary opened their home to many in need. Thom's strong faith and love for Jesus was seen in his servants heart; a kind, gentle, and compassionate man.

His many interests included fishing, golf, travel, writing plays and short stories (two included in the program), sports, trivia, magic, drums and dogs. Åt age 12, he pitched in the Little League World Series.

Thom is survived by his wife, Mary Clark, son Clayton Thomas Clark (6'1") and his wife Vanessa with their 5 children - Havana, Aubrey, Angelina, Laya and Scarlett. Son, Carson Todd Clark (6'4") his wife Alicia. His greatest joy was spending time with his sons and grandchildren. Thom will be greatly missed by his family and wonderful dear friends.
Family wishes for memorials to be sent to: Thom Clark Family 3701 W. Canton St., Broken Arrow OK 74012.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Friday, September 9, 2016 at Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service, 5757 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 AM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Christian Chapel, 7807 E. 76th St. Tulsa.

A private graveside service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetary (51st & Memorial Dr.)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Royal Family Kids Camp, a free week of summer camp for children in foster care. Contributions can be sent to Christian Chapel.

 
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09/10/16 11:03 PM #1    

Edith Alexander (Lancaster)

May Thom fly high in the here after because he has won his battle here on earth. To his family I send love and understanding and hope that God blesses each one of you and help ease your hearts with understanding..

 


09/11/16 09:29 PM #2    

Cecelia Foreman (Knight)

I'm so grateful to have seen Thom at the reunion.  May God bless his family during this hour of bereavement.


09/26/16 12:29 PM #3    

Robert "Bobby" Strickland (WHS 1970-Richfield '72)

When we were kids Thom was the tallest kid I knew. Great friend and was always up for anything someone in the neighborhood wanted to play. Football, baseball whatever he was usually one of the first chosen on a team. We always played like Thom lived in a castle or sort of fort cause his house was the only one bulit out of big white stones. I have never given that much thought until now. Thom was also to his credit about one of the smartest guy I knew. God rest his soul and keep the family safe. Protect them from harm and evil. But mostly give them comfort, and understanding and show them compassion as Thom always showed to others. Its been years and sorry I wasn't a better steward of our friendship. One day I pray I see the Incredible splender of the beauty of Heaven's Gate created by our LORD God as he has. Take care my friend and trust me, we'll see you again one day...

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09/27/16 01:29 PM #4    

James Weaver ('71 Richfield)

Life long friends are precioius and few.  Thom always loved me and made me feel special.  He knew how to be a real friend.  We stayed close all those years.  I miss him so much.  I think of him every day.  My eyes still water when I remember.  He was a great friend, man, business man, husband, and father and grandfather.   I was blessed to have known him since the second grade. in school.  We met at the little league fields at Northern Little League.  He was a fantastic athlete and one of the smartest people I have ever known.  He had a memory of an elephant.  I will never forget a homerun he hit at the Texas state championship in Houston.  It was a walk off home run to win state and head to regionals in Norfolk, Virginia.  I shot out of that dugout like a bullet.  We all did...  That ball may still be flying... hahhahaha.  He hit it a long long way.....  Well ... it wouldn't technically be called a walk off as we had to retire the sides in the bottom of the sixth inning .... which was no problem when Eddie Sherman and Larry Williams turned yet another spectacular double play.   Since I caught the balls at first base I always took credit for those double plays. But now I confess that it was not me.  I jsut caught the ball.  But Thom loved to talk about all of our memories playing basketball and baseball and North Junior High Football.  He never forgot one detail.  And He could tell a story better than anyone I ever knew.   I would sit mesmerized as he told of our past and it brought it all back in living color in my memory.  I love Thom and will rejoice one day in heaven when I see my friend again.  I hope everyone reading this will put their trust in Jesus and follow Jesus with your whole heart.  This way we can all have a reunion with Thom in heaven some sweet day.  God bless Mary, Carson and Clayton and their precious families.  Prayers to you each one.


01/24/17 02:15 AM #5    

Jackie Byrd (Watson)

It has been several months now that Thom left this world, gone too soon!  I am thankful to know he has entered his eternal life in heaven with His savior. Some how I found it difficult, at that time to write a memory after Thom died. But I wanted to honor him and write a memory.

Thom and I where in elementary together in 5th and 6th grade. I was quite shy and didn't get to know him then. I went to Northern Ball park and watched all their ball games. We went to North Jr and then to Waco High together. We were never close friends but all the same we were friends, if that makes sense. One thing I can say that our friendship became close through the class reunion years.

Our 45th class reunion will always hold special memories. Knowing Thom and his family made the long difficult trip to Waco, one last time. Thom was determined to make the trip! He wanted to make sure to say his goodbyes to all his life long friends and classmates. With his body struggling with the horrible disease of ALS, his family honored his wishes and brought him to his class reunion. For all those that were able to see Thom and visit, laugh, take pictures, share memories...well I can say we were all blessed.

Thom did whisper something so cute to me that evening. He said he was kissed by so many Waco High girls that evening, and to think he always wanted to ask many of them out on a date back in the day, but was to shy to ask! Gotta love it!!!!

His love for his class friends never left through his adult years, it just grew stronger. And for me, his heart was open to get to know me more! I learned so much from Thom's kind, loving and gentle nature. I miss our talks, facebook private messages and messages on this site we shared together. I will always cherish your friendship Thom.


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