Arvel "Bob" Clark
1931 - 2021
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Arvel "Bob" Clark
San Jose, CA
Arvel "Bob" Clark, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away February 15, 2021.
Bob was born to Arvel and Mabel Clark on April 3, 1931. He became the head of his family in 1945 when his father was killed in World War II. A self-made man, Bob put himself through San Jose State University and ultimately earned a Master's degree in education and administration. In 1952, he met the love of his life, Barbara Kay Prather. After two years serving his country in the United States Marine Corps, Bob and Kay settled in San Jose where they raised their three children – Laurie, Michael and Brian. In addition to his family, Bob took tremendous pride in his career as an educator with the Eastside Union High School District. He was the first principal of Oak Grove High School and ended his career as principal of Independence High School, mentoring countless teachers, administrators and students throughout his tenure.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to play tennis, bicycle, ski and backpack – activities often enjoyed with lifelong friends from San Jose's Rock Canyon Club. Bob also loved reading, poetry, music, travel, history and politics. Known for his signature saying, "Welcome Aboard!", he found joy in welcoming others into his home for food and conversation.
Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Kay Clark, his children Laurie Carlson (Chris), Michael (Cynthia), Brian (Julie) and seven grandchildren.
"The righteous man walks in his integrity. His children are blessed after him." Proverbs 20:7
Bob forged the ties that bind us as a family. He will always be missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Alzheimer's Association ( would be appreciated.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
Mr. Clark was my principal 1970-1974 he was such a sweet man he always had a smile on his face and inter reacted with the students and really cared. He also was a very handsome man. Rest In Peace Mr. Clark...
Laura Hixenbaugh-Yarberry
February 22, 2021
Mr. Clark was my principal at Oak Grove High School 1970-1974. He was a very soft spoken man kind and rather very handsome. He always had a smile and inter reacted with students and truly cared.
Laura Hixenbaugh-Yarberry
February 18, 2021
I remember him when the years of going to independence high school he was such a nice man sometimes he would wave at me to say hi in the morning when I got to school rest in peace Mr Clark ❤
Gloria Nunes
February 18, 2021
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