Howard Dean Clark Jr.

Howard Dean Clark, Jr.

BOSSIER CITY, LA - Howard Dean Clark, Jr. passed away on January 3, 2013 in Shreveport, LA after a sudden illness. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Rose-Neath Bossier at 3:30 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2:30 p.m. His service will conclude with a Dixieland Band performance of his favorites.

Dean is preceded in death by a son, Samuel Dean Clark, parents, Howard and Caley Clark and brothers, James Clark and

Floyd Clark.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Myrtle Nichols Clark, daughter, Deyna and husband Joey Baranik, granddaughter and grandson, Audra Baranik and Carson Baranik and brothers, Joel Clark and Noel Clark, both of Little Rock, AR.

Born in Pine Bluff, AR, he was raised in Little Rock and graduated in 1952 from Little Rock Central High. He received a swimming scholarship from Northwestern State College (Northwestern State University) from 1952-1955 and also served as captain. He was also a member of the Northwestern Demonnaires Dance Band.

After a year of teaching choral music in Irving, TX, Dean began a career with Dial Finance Co., moving to North Carolina, Dallas and Bossier City, being transferred here in 1965. He later worked for the National Bank of Bossier. Dean began his own business, Clark Piano Service and also had a dance band, Swingphony. He was a church choir director for over 30 years.

He was a member of Fellowship United Methodist Church of Bossier City and a past member of the Shreveport Choral, Barbershop Quartet and a past president of the Bossier City Lions Club. He had a great love of all music from church music, Jazz, Big Band to the Stones and for composing and singing as well as athletics. Dean was a man of many talents and even more patience.

Honorary pallbearers will be Cleophus Banks, Roman Banks, Jim Gatlin, John Feaster, Mark Johnson, Walter Johnson, Robert Hovingh, Clifford Jordan Bill Matthews, Jerry Payne, Brian Rayner, Sidney Shirer, Ed Sturdivant and John Zenter, the Musicians Union Local 116, the Piano Technicians Guild of Northwest LA and his Dixieland Jazz family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Providence House, NSU Athletics Foundation or the Humane Society.


Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 4, 2013