Tom Clark, 71, died at his home on February 21 after a long battle with cancer.
Born on March 9, 1946 in Northampton, MA to Betsey Ellinwood and Thomas T. Clark, Jr. he was raised in Tucson, AZ. He attended Milton Academy in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1969. He was commissioned as an Army officer upon graduation, and served as a combat infantry officer in Vietnam until 1971. He was employed as a research analyst in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice in Washington where his work focused on prisons and prison reform. He subsequently earned a law degree at California Western School of Law in San Diego. CA. After graduation he married Susan Chase Miller and settled in southern New Mexico. His career began in private law practice after which he served as an assistant district attorney, followed by a long career in Las Cruces, NM as a state prosecutor. He was widely known and respected in the legal profession and was honored as New Mexico Prosecutor of the Year in 1995.
After retiring in 2006, Tom and Susan moved to Salem, OR, where he enjoyed photography and exploring the outdoors. Tom was a world traveler, an avid hiker and backpacker, a lover of history and the natural world. He was a wonderful husband and father and a true and loyal friend. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan, sons Kyle (Ashleigh) of Portland and Tyler (Chris) of Sydney, Australia, and by his granddaughter, Ayla of Portland. Also by his sister Kate Clark of Newmarket, NH and her family.
A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held this spring in Las Cruces, NM. Donations in his memory may be made to Sierra Club Memorials, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland, CA 94612. Assisting is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
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Susan: It has been an honor through Ashleigh to be a part of your family, Tom was always great to visit with. He will be missed, my thoughts and prays are with you and your family