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Herbert E. Clark ’50 passed away on August 31 after a stubborn and valiant battle with cancer. He was born prematurely on August 23, 1925 to Harold and Ursula Clark while they were vacationing in Los Angeles. Clark grew up in Phoenix and graduated early from St. Mary’s HS to be drafted for WWII. He served proudly with the Navy’s 7th Pacific Fleet and was stationed in the Philippines. After being honorably discharged in 1946, Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Santa Clara University. In 1958, Clark married Mary Rita Reid. He purchased Old Pueblo Office Supply from his mom and moved it to Tucson, where it was known as Clark Office Products. He was proud to be a small business owner and served as president of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Clark was active in the Tucson Rotary Club, and was a charter member of Elks Lodge 2532. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, member of VFW and the D-M Military Affairs Committee. Clark exemplified honor, honesty, and love of country and its service members. He was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and aircraft enthusiast, and he taught his children by example. He is preceded in death by Mary Rita, his wife of 46 years, his parents, and sister Carol. Clark is survived by sisters Anne Mullan and Margie Fleming of Phoenix and Marian Hebets of Menifee, CA, daughters Maureen, Jeanine (Harold), Anne Marie (Jeff), son Reid (Holly), and 7 grandchildren who miss him terribly. Clark had many truly fantastic friends too numerous to name, and we are humbly grateful to them for their kindness and support.