WILLLIAM MICHAEL CLARK
Published 7:53 am, Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Michael "Mike" Clark, 67, of Westport, died July 13, 2010, at home in the company of his family.
A true polymath, he was a sailor (a licensed captain, actually), a skier, a pilot, Vietnam veteran, successful business man, master chef, outdoorsman, birdwatcher, photographer, woodworker, voracious reader, world traveler, great dancer, speaker of Chinese, avid New York Yankees fan and interested in everything. His quest for knowledge was not superficial; he truly was interested in the details behind how things operated. His sharp wit and sense of humor were always present.
Clark worked for IBM for more than 20 years and opened IBM China in the early 1980s, an experience that he was especially grateful for and proud of. After IBM, he had many successful years with Gemini Consulting before he retired in the late '90s.
He was born in Loma Linda, Calif., and moved to Connecticut in the early '80s. And he loved both coasts -- the mountains and redwoods of California and sailing in the Long Island Sound off Connecticut.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Sharon (Rodgers) Clark of Westport, include two sons, Larry W. Clark and his wife, Laura, and their two children, Sarah and Jackson of Austin, Texas, and Allen M. Clark and his wife, Daniela of Westport; a brother, Jerry Clark of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; one sister, Toni Forno of San Jose, Calif.; his former wife, Shirley Clark of New York, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Private memorial services took place in Southport,with full military honors, and in Saratoga, Calif.
The Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road E., Westport, assisted the family with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clark's memory may be made to Mid-Fairfield Hospice, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897; the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, Department W, New York, NY 10014; or Outward Bound, P.O. Box 62161, Baltimore, MD 21264-2161.