CLARK RAY
1963 - 2021
BORN
1963
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Stewart Funeral Home
4001 Benning Road, N.E.
Washington, DC
RAY Clark Everett Ray (Age 57) On Saturday, June 5, 2021, Clark E. Ray died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Washington, DC. Born November 17, 1963, in El Dorado, Arkansas, he was a kind, thoughtful, selfless, and compassionate leader with a sense of optimism that when married to his deep convictions, made him a true change-maker. His focus on making life better for every child made him a real-life hero. In 1986, Clark graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a bachelor's degree. He then earned a master's degree in Education focused on Sports Management from Temple University. A champion for children, Clark's career began in the classroom as a teacher and culminated in his service to the children of Washington DC in a variety of public service roles. He served four DC mayors, including his appointment as the director of DC Parks and Recre ation. In his final professional position, Clark created and served as executive director of the DC State Athletic Association which coordinates school athletics programs in DC public schools, public charter schools, and private and parochial schools. Clark's career included the hard, political work it takes to make change for all kinds of people in communities across the country. He joined the famous 1992 Clinton Gore presidential campaign ultimately travelling the country in support of Vice President and Tipper Gore. After the historic campaign win, Clark was appointed to positions at the US Department of Agriculture and the White House Office of the Vice President and Tipper Gore. In addition, he served as chief of staff to Tipper Gore for the Gore 2000 Campaign. In 2009, Clark ran an energetic, but unsuccessful bid for an at-large seat on the DC City Council. Survivors include his beloved husband, Aubrey Dubra, and their four sons, Rahmeer, Tajon, Jamar, and Richard, all of Washington, DC; his mother, Gerry Ray, brother, Mike (Rhonda) and nephew, Dakota Ray (Callie) of El Dorado, AR. He is also survived by his niece, Nicole Ballard (Grant) and their children of Smackover, AR, loving in-laws and many devoted, dear friends. Public visitation will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2021, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m., at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, DC, followed by burial in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Partners for Kids in Care. Contributions by check made payable to the DC Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA) denoting the donation is in memory of Clark Ray. Arrangements by Stewart Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Partners for Kids in Care. Contributions by check made payable to the DC Child & Family Services Agency (CFSA) denoting the donation is in memory of Clark Ray. Arrangements by Stewart Funeral Home.
Published by The Washington Post from Jun. 10 to Jun. 12, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jun
12
Visitation
10:00a.m.
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, DC
Jun
12
Celebration of Life
11:00a.m.
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, DC
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Clark Ray, I thank God for your true friendship since the Clinton Campaign. I am so saddened to find out about your passing after the services were held. I certainly would have been there. I enjoyed HS Sports especially the Final Football Championship games every year because of you generosity. The great souls are being called home and while I may miss you dearly, I know we will meet again!!
Ms. Kim
June 24, 2021
Hello, Aubrey.
I hope to one day meet you in person and give you a hug. Clark was one of the best bosses I've ever had. I was his staff assistant during his time as Director for Neighborhood Services for DC Gov't. We had some really great and funny moments that I will cherish. He's got such a big heart. I live in NYC and heard of it too late. I would have loved to be there. I wish you and your family comfort in these hard times. Sending my love!
Migdalia M Taveras
Friend
June 14, 2021
Resa C Wynn-Butler
June 11, 2021
My condolences to you Aubrey and the boys. May you find comfort in these difficult times. Sending love and prayers your way from your Mississippi family. ❤
SONYA WILLIAMS BARNES
Friend
June 11, 2021
Clark was a very good friend and colleague . I am going to miss him a lot.
Patricia irby
June 11, 2021
It was an honor and pleasure to work with Clark Ray during the beginning of his tenure as Executive Director, DCSAA, which is the successor of the DCPS/DCIAA. He was a highly dedicated professional for high school athletics in the District of Columbia. He was the individual who could bring all the high school elements, public, private and charter, together into one Association. Clark, you will truly be missed.
Dr. Allen E. Chin
Friend
June 11, 2021
Awesome an Caring person! The Grate family send their sincere condolences, he will truly be missed!
The Grate’s
Tyra Manning-Grate
Friend
June 10, 2021
Awesome an Caring person! The Grate family send their sincere condolences, he will truly be missed!
The Grate’s
Tyra Manning-Grate
Friend
June 10, 2021
Awesome an Caring person! The Grate family send their sincere condolences, he will truly be missed!
The Grate’s
Tyra Manning-Grate
Friend
June 10, 2021
Nothing but good memories of our team at the Sports & Entertainment Commission. Rest In Peace Clark
Edgar Coreas
Coworker
June 10, 2021
We worked plenty of events together at RFK Stadium. We were all part of the Sports & Entertainment Commission family. May you rest in eternal paradise.
Hugo Marin
Friend
June 10, 2021
I had the great pleasure of working with Clark at the Sport & Entertainment Commission. What a beautiful soul. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Sandra Davis
Coworker
June 10, 2021
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