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October 7, 1935 - October 28, 2015 Ross Spencer Clark, a longtime political consultant and former California Assembly legislative aide died peacefully on Wednesday October 28, 2015 in Cardiff -by-the-Sea, CA. He was 80 years old. Ross was born October 7, 1935 in San Francisco, a city he loved, and lived most of his life in the Los Angeles area. At 17 Ross joined the Army and served In Korea. He earned a B.A. in History from Immaculate Heart College and later was proud to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in Political Science. He was a graduate teaching assistant at UCLA, and lecturer at Immaculate Heart College. As a consultant Ross was active in Democratic Party political campaigns on local, state, and national levels in various roles as campaign manager, advance person, press secretary, spokesman etc. In the California State Assembly Ross worked as an assistant for Maxine Waters, Terry Goggin, and David Negri and for many Assembly Committees. He was proud to have received acknowledgement from the California Assembly and recently, President Obama, for his many contributions. He was an ardent Democrat and worked hard to improve the lives of all Californians. Ross had many eclectic interests from politics, history, art, music, poetry and literature, and was a wine connoisseur and gourmet cook hosting many gatherings of friends and family with his culinary expertise. Ross was predeceased by his wife, Gesa Kearny-Clark, who he loved dearly and was his friend, confidant and partner in Democratic politics and shared his varied interests. He is survived by his daughters, Shiera Armstrong and Tara La Mantia (Chris) and their families; Gesa's children Matthew, Patrick, Dennis, and Maureen and their families, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild; his sisters Shirley Schreiber-Judd (Mike) and Michele Mowry and their families. Early in October Ross hosted family and friends for his 80th birthday celebration. He was thrilled to meet his first great grandchild Nicholas Madrigal. He was happy to bring his family together in love and support of each other one more time. It was his final farewell. At Ross' request, there will be no official service.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8, 2015
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