Mack Leonard Clarke

Clarke Photo

Mack Leonard Clarke passed away February 17, 2012 and will be sorely missed.  Mack was born in Fort Worth, Texas April 22, 1921.  He was one of four children of Charles and Nell Clarke.  Mack got his bachelors degree from Baylor University and his masters degree in business from the University of  Houston.  Mack had a long and distinguished career with the Federal Aviation Agency, first as an air traffic controller and finally as the Assistant Chief at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  After retiring from the FAA, Mack started a sporting goods distributing company that he grew in partnership with his son Don to become a successful and well respected business in the sporting goods industry.

Mack is survived by his two children, Donald Mack Clarke and Jeanna Clarke Wolf, and his sole grandchild, Benjamin Donald Clarke as well as his younger brother, Richard (Dick) Clarke.  He is preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Margaret (Margie) Read Clarke, his parents, and his other two siblings, Margaret Clarke Roberts and Jack Clarke.

Mack was a Christian and long time member of Gulfgate Christian Church and most recently Kirkwood South Christian Church in Houston, Texas.

Mack was an accomplished athlete, excelling at whatever sport he tackled.  He was a single digit handicapper in golf in his early years and a Texas state ranked Seniors tennis player.  He passed on his love of sports to his children.  He coached many of  Don’s little league baseball teams and introduced both of his children to golf and tennis.  The Clarke household often had two different televisions on at the same time with different sporting events to be watched.   Mack was also an accomplished bridge player.  He and his wife Margie developed a life long circle of friends from their original bridge club.

The service celebrating Mack’s life will be held at 3:00pm Monday, February 20, 2012, at Kirkwood South Christian Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.