Updated: Fri 12:31 PM, May 10, 2013
October 23, 1922 - May 7, 2013
Joseph R. Clark passed away May 7, 2013, at St. Joseph's Manor in Bryan, TX. Joe was 90 years old. Survivors include his loving wife; and his children, Carolyn Mangrem of Alpine, TX, Mary Waldson of Gause, TX, Annie Clark of Mineral Wells, TX, and John Clark of Bryan, TX; sons-in-law, Tom Mangrem and Jim Waldson; and daughter-in-law, Janice Clark; his grandchildren, Jesse, Sarah, Joe, Natalie, Sally, Zoey, Andrew and Angie and great grandson: Peyton
Joe was born on October 23, 1922, in Handley, Texas. He spent his youth in Stephenville, TX. He was in the class of 1944 Texas A&M University. His college years were interrupted by WWII. He piloted a B-17 over occupied Europe, flying 33 missions with 306th Bomb Group, based in Thurleigh, England. Joe returned to TAMU, graduating in 1947. Joe then left for Saudi Arabia, where working for ARAMCO and the royal family, he was a foreman and then general manager of extensive farming operations at the historic Wadi al-Kharj. Returning to Stephenville on leave in 1950, after a 28 day courtship, he married Wynon Smith. This resulted in a beautiful romance that lasted 62 years. The couple then returned to Saudi for several years.
In 1954, with a baby daughter born in Saudi, the young family moved to Pecos, Texas. Over the next 40 years, Joe farmed, ranched, and developed land and businesses far and wide. During the "Pecos" period the family lived in Carlsbad, NM and Clarksville, TX for a couple years each. Joe and Wynon next moved to Granbury, TX in 1985, where they enjoyed semi-retirement and continued their travels throughout the world. In 2006, they moved to Bryan to be closer to children and grandchildren.
Joe loved his wife and family, flying, business challenges, reading, and travel. His family and friends will never forget his unconditional love, selfless generosity, great humor, and true wisdom.
Special thanks to the many caregivers that helped Joe during his last years including Maurice, Freddie, Angela, Alice, Vera, and Tamara. Also, many thanks go to the wonderful nurses and staff of St. Joseph's Manor and Hospice Brazos Valley. One last and very special thanks, to Tony and Pam Geishauser for their care and friendship.
Choosing cremation, there will be no formal service. Family and friends will meet together later in the year at "the ranch" to celebrate the life, well-lived, of this very unique man. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th, Bryan, Texas 77803 or on-line at www.hospicebrazosvalley.org
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