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James Walter Clark, Jr. passed away peacefully on October 11, 2012 following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Jim was born on October 22, 1926 to James W. Clark, Sr. and Lora Birdwell Clark in Corsicana, Texas. His father was one of the early "Petroleum Pioneers" in the Texas oilfields where Jim and his sisters lived throughout their lives and thus began his own interest in the oil business.

After one semester at Texas A&M University, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in Occupied Japan. After the war, he completed his education, graduating with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M in 1951.

A life long member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Jim had a distinguished career with Gulf Oil Company, which became Chevron Corporation, where he retired in 1986 after 35 years of service. Like his father before him, Jim was also a Petroleum Pioneer working in the Gulf of Mexico oil fields.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, Mary Lynn Clark, who died in the New London School Explosion, and Margaret E. Clark; and his half sister, Loys Shelley. Jim was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ann Parker Clark, the mother of his three sons; and his second wife, Doris Bond Clark.

Jim is survived by his wife, Hilda C. Clark of Plano, three sons: James W. Clark, III and wife, Martha of Houston; Barry Houston Clark and wife, Tanya of San Antonio; and Benjamin Parker Clark and wife, Linda of Georgetown and six grandchildren: Parker, Meredith, Noah, Maya, Davis and Harrison Clark.

He is also survived by stepchildren Jennifer, Elaine, Michael and Jimmy Bond; David Blair and Beverly Blair Sliepka and many other friends and family.

Jim was an accomplished musician, playing guitar, banjo, violin, clarinet, piano and harmonica. He passed his love for music on to each of his sons and grandchildren who collectively play clarinet, ukulele, piano, drums, violin, baritone, trumpet, cello and guitar. His sweet, gentle spirit was complimented by his quick wit and loving personality which endeared him to many long time friends and co-workers.

The family wishes to thank the staff of The Belmont at Twin Creeks in Allen, Texas and the caregivers of Triple A Private Care for their loving and compassionate care of Jim during the past year.

Visitation will be held for family and friends at Scanio-Harper Funeral Chapel, 3110 Airport Road, Temple, Texas from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on Friday, October 19, 2012 with funeral services immediately following at 11:00 AM. The interment is to follow at the Rogers Cemetery in Rogers, Texas at 12:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following: A scholarship fund has been established in Jim's honor with The Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas 77840. Please mark on the memo line: James W. Clark '51 Memorial Fund. Or contributions can be made to the New London Texas School Explosion Museum, P.O. Box 477, New London, Texas 75682.

Online guestbook and obituary at www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com.
Published in Express-News on Oct. 18, 2012
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