Ralph Paul “Red” Clark, Jr., 85 , of Amarillo, died Friday, August 2, 2013.
Services will be Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Jo Mann officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Red was born February 9, 1928, in Wichita, KS to Mary Elizabeth (Callahan) and Ralph Paul Clark, Sr. He graduated from Wichita North High School in 1946. He played football and baseball for Friends University before joining the army where he played on the traveling baseball team. He completed his education at Kansas State University earning a BBA in Accounting in 1953. He played baseball for Kansas State and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Red married Vivian McCord on Feb. 17, 1978.
He began his career as an oil scout and landman with Lion Oil Co. in Liberal, Kansas before becoming an independent oil and gas producer. During his long career, Red owned and/or operated various oil and gas companies including his first partnership, Clark & Wade with lifelong friend, Rex Wade, followed by Amarex, Inc., Parlay Oil Company, Red Clark Inc., Lancer Petroleum, C&S Exploration Inc., and Clark Properties. It was with C&S and partner, FM Stephenson, where he found his greatest business success as pioneers in the Dalhart Basin in the Western Panhandle. They acquired the core block of acreage developed by Baker & Taylor Drilling Co., which development was the precursor to the significant discoveries currently underway by Apache Corporation.
Red was a member of Liberal Country Club, Amarillo Country Club, Broadmoor Golf Club, AAPL, PAPL and PPROA.
He was a larger than life personality who left a lasting impact on all who knew him. He enjoyed a lifelong love of golf, was an incredible gin rummy player, and was known to engage in an occasional friendly sporting wager. Red’s collegiate and semi-pro baseball career earned him a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed old movies, paperback detective novels and a sentimental Irish tune. Above all he will be remembered for his generosity, unique sense of humor and quiet love for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian R. Clark; his children, Scott D. Clark and wife Christine of Killeen, TX, Shelley R. Behrhorst and husband Fritz of Phoenix, AZ, Paul A. Clark, Steven A. Clark and wife Sonja, and Patricia Craig and husband, Jim, all of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Ian M. Clark, Brittany Alston, Dallynn Burney and Channing Burney; and one great-grandchild, Braelee Bramblet. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of BSA Hospice and to extend a special thank you to Jackie Carthel and Brenda Graham whose love and caring for Red during his last few months was a tremendous help and blessing.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.