April 20, 1926 - November 27, 2013 Ronald Ridge Clark, 87, of Pacific Palisades, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2013 in Santa Monica. He was a lifelong California native. He was born in Los Angeles on April 20, 1926 and lived in either Santa Monica or Pacific Palisades throughout his life. He graduated from Santa Monica High School, class of '44. During WW II he served in the Army Air Force (AAF). After receiving an honorary discharge after WW II, he graduated from UCLA, where he was a Phi Delta Theta fraternity member. Upon graduation from UCLA, he started working at his father Harry's furniture store, Clark's Furniture, in Santa Monica and remained there until he closed the business in the mid-1980s. He then continued to work in the furniture industry with his wife Carol Jean, until weeks prior to his passing. Ron was active in the Santa Monica Rotary Club, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross. Ron is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Carol Jean Clark of Pacific Palisades; son Devon Clark of Los Angeles; son Craig Clark of Yorba Linda; daughter Amy Clark Cole of Greenville, SC; sisters Nancy Lindgren of Carlsbad, CA, and Millianne DeHetre of Layton, UT. He also is survived by his three step-children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Francis Clark and Mildred Frances Clark. Ron will be remembered fondly by his family and friends for his quick wit, ready smile and as one who loved to attend UCLA Football and Basketball games. Ron relished spending time at the beach with friends and family at the Bel Air Bay Club, and as a proud, small business owner. His love of life and family will always be cherished.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 10, 2013