David Clarkson

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David Lee Clarkson
Born Detroit, Michigan, February 7th, 1930.
He was raised in Michigan and Jacksonville, Florida.

Dave grew up with his sister Linda and his close cousin, Chad Countiss.

He attended the University of Florida and became active in the US Air Force during the Korean War, becoming a commissioned officer and pilot. He was in the United States Air Force from 1950-1970 and attained the rank of major. He flew support missions in the Korean war, landing planes on dirt airfields in combat zones. After Korea, he flew KC-97 refueling missions and later joined Strategic Air Command flying KC-135 Stratotankers throughout the cold war. He served throughout southeast Asia during the Viet Nam war.

He received his bachelors degree from New Hampshire College of Business and Commerce in 1970. After retiring from the Air Force, he attended St. Mary's Law School and graduated in 1974. Dave opened his law practice thereafter and developed a pre-eminent bankruptcy practice. In later years he established a traffic ticket practice handling thousands of cases over the past few years. He practiced law for over 39 years in San Antonio and loved being a lawyer.

He is survived by his wife Arline, they had been together over 35 years with her children, Amy and her husband, Ken, Todd(deceased), and Barry Coston and his wife Vikki and grandchildren Katie, Amber, Mack, Todd, Brooke, Charlotte and Spencer.

He is also survived by his two sons David and Douglas, and their mother, Ida, all of Dallas Texas and David and Douglas' wives Elena and Susan, and grandchildren Isabella, Ian, Roman, and Jacqueline.

Too many friends in San Antonio to count. He was an inspirational thinker and a creative entrepreneur. He loved science and was gifted in math, always enjoying stock trading and gambling. He traveled the world as a pilot
and had an inquisitive mind, always surrounded by books and new ideas. He never stopped thinking or learning and was always interested in self-education and educating others. He was widely loved and respected.

Interment: On Monday, June 17th, at 2:45 p.m. at Fort Sam National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio,TX 78209.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to ALS Association, 8600 Wurzbach Road, Suite 700, San Antonio, TX 78240, Telephone: 210-733-5204.
Published in Express-News on June 14, 2013
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