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Van Buren Clark was born on February 26, 1938 in Albany, New York and died on July 10, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. His parents were Addison and Lee VanBuren Clark. Two siblings, Wendy Dubois and Carolyn York, also survive him. Van graduated from Springfield College in 1960 and went on to obtain Master's Degree credits from the University of Oklahoma and an MA degree from New Mexico State University in 1966. Along the way he earned CLU and ChFC designations. Van married his college sweetheart Irene Stahler in 1961 and they have a son Drew who is living in Indio, CA. Drew has two daughters from his marriage to Anne. Later on Van married Mary Christina Davis Long and that relationship ended in 1988. Eventually, Van married Cheryl Lingenhag and had a solid twenty year marriage. Career wise, Van spent three years in the Army, taught school in Hobbs, NM, became the physical director at the YMCA in El Paso, TX, and was recruited by the Prudential where he has spent over 44 years in the financial services industry. During his tenure in San Antonio, Van has been president of the San Antonio Kiwanis Club, president of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council, president of the San Antonio Chapter of Financial Services Professionals (formerly the CLU, ChFC Society) and a blood donor credited with over 36 gallons of donations. He taught CLU and ChFC classes in estate planning and business insurance for over fifteen years. His interests included wood working, gardening, golf, squash, and racquetball. Both he and Cheryl took great pride in their association with the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs. That wine club helped afford them the opportunity to travel to many events that they would not have had the connections to visit. A few worth mentioning include Alaska, Paris, Bordeaux, Napa Valley, Sedona, Santa Fe, London, and San Miguel de Allende. Van was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Petroleum Club, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (life member), San Antonio Kiwanis Club, and the Chaine des Rotisseurs. He was a New Yorker by birth, Texan by choice, and the Lord's forever. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boysville, 8555 E. Loop 1604 N., P.O. Box 369, Converse, Texas 78109
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