Obituary for Guy Clark

Ponca City Now - January 24, 2023 3:31 pm

Guy Palmer Clark

May 27, 1940 – January 23, 2023

Guy Palmer Clark, age 82, of Ponca City, OK, passed to heaven on January 23, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, January 26th, 2023, at Grace Episcopal Church, 109 N 13th St, Ponca City, OK 74601, with a Committal Service following at Resthaven Memorial Park, 1901 E Hubbard Rd, Ponca City, OK 74604. A reception in memory of Guy will be held afterwards from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Ponca City Country Club, 1101 N Pecan Rd, Ponca City, OK 74606. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W. Grand Ave., Ponca City, OK, 74601.

Guy is survived by: his loving wife, Lynda Davis Clark, of 59 years; his two children, Jeffrey Davis Clark and Jennifer Clark Tinsley; two granddaughters, Peyton Elaine Tinsley and Katelyn Ann Clark, and daughter-in-law, Lynna Boss Clark. He is also survived by: sister-in-law, Karen Clark; nephews, David Todd Clark and Robert Clark, and niece, Teresa Clark Hubert. He leaves many close friends, relatives and colleagues whom he cherished dearly during his life.

Guy was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 27th, 1940, to Dr. Ralph O. Clark and Marie Alice Palmer Clark. He spent his early childhood raised at the family’s Diamond C Ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, where he developed his love of ranching and horses. He attended Tishomingo Elementary, Villa Teresa, Harding Junior High School, and Southeast High School in Oklahoma City. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Oklahoma State University in 1962 and Juris Doctorate from University of Oklahoma Law School in 1965.

Guy lived a life of integrity, ethics, authenticity, humor and joy for living. He married the love of his life, Lynda Davis Clark, at Grace Episcopal Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma on June 1st, 1963. Guy served his country in the United States Marine Corps. After law school, he and Lynda moved to Quantico, Virginia, to attend Officer Candidate School Training where he graduated top of his class. After Officer’s Training, he attended Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. He served his country from 1966-1970 as Captain of USMC in Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Hawaii, as a Judge Advocate.

He spent his career doing what he loved, practicing law and believing in the power of law to make positive change and advocate for the world around him. In 1970, Guy and Lynda moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he worked for Continental Oil Company in their legal department. He opened his own law practice Clark & Hron in 1972, and merged with Northcutt Law Firm in 1977. He was a proud member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Kay County Bar Association for 53 years. The Oklahoma Bar Association recognized his ethics by having him serve as a member of the Board of Governors from 2000-2002 and Board of Trustees 2010-2015. He was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Guy specialized as a litigator in business, commercial, and construction litigation and probate law. Over the years, he served many family, friends, and businesses with integrity and ethics helping them through both difficult and successful times.

Throughout his life, Guy believed in the responsibility to do good for the world around us. He served as an advisor to many and participated in various civic and charitable organizations including Board of Directors for University Center, President and Director of Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of Ponca City Country Club, President and Director of Y.M.C.A., Chairman and Board of Directors for Rural Water District #3 in Osage County, and 101 Ranch Rodeo

Guy managed to live life striking the balance between work, play and love of family. He was a kind, loving, and patient husband, father and grandfather with active interest in their lives. He enjoyed lifetime hobbies of golf, fly fishing, quail hunting, calf roping, ranch sorting, snow skiing, water skiing and an avid reader.

In lieu of flowers to honor Guy’s love of learning and faith, donations may be sent to Guy Clark Memorial Fund, c/o Equity Bank, 222 E. Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601, which will be contributed to University Center, Ponca City, OK as a scholarship fund or Grace Episcopal Church, 109 N 13th St, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Source: Trout Funeral Home