The father and son shared many things: devotion to family, service to church and the Boy Scouts, a willingness to help others, and a love of cars.
That love of cars took W. Patrick Clarke of Omaha and son Dr. Scott Hansen Clarke of Springfield, Mo., to the Skip Barber Racing School at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on California's Monterey peninsula.
They were flying back to Omaha when their plane crashed Saturday northeast of Fresno, Calif. Both men, the only ones aboard, died.
A joint funeral for them will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14680 California St.
Patrick Clarke, 67, co-founded NorthStar Financial Services Group. Scott Clarke, 41, was an anesthesiologist at Mercy Hospital in Springfield and a longtime pilot.
“We're a very close family. Dad made sure we were always doing things together,” said Todd Clarke of Omaha, another of Patrick's sons. “Dad, although incredibly successful as a business person, was raised very poor in a small town in northern Utah. He really achieved the American Dream.”
Todd Clarke, a member of the Millard school board, added about his father: “He was always willing to give,” paying someone's college tuition, contributing to church missions and taking care of a mortgage payment for someone in need.
“The legacy for his children was what you're able to give,” not what all you owned, Todd Clarke said.
Patrick Clarke graduated from Brigham Young University and began a career in the financial services industry. In l975 he started a financial planning firm in Omaha, which led to forming CLS Investments and later NorthStar.
He had been a Mormon bishop and was widely known in his church community. He also was active in Boy Scouts and served in both the Utah and Nebraska National Guard.
Besides son Todd, Patrick Clarke is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lana Clarke of Omaha; sons Eric of Gretna and Brett of Omaha; daughter Jennie Nielsen of Omaha; and 17 grandchildren.
Omaha-raised Scott Clarke graduated from Millard South High School and BYU. He received his medical degree and specialty training in anesthesiology from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn.
“Scott was brilliant,” Todd Clarke said. “He had an unbelievable ability to learn from an early age. He was an amazing student.”
When Scott registered for a preparation class before taking the Medical College Admission Test, he was asked to teach the class — and did so before ever taking the test, Todd Clarke recalled.
Scott Clarke was an Eagle Scout-turned-Scout leader who, like his father, also had leadership roles in his church.
Besides his mother and siblings, other survivors include his wife of 19 years, Veronica Clarke of Springfield, and four children. A memorial service was held Thursday evening at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springfield.
“What great men these two were,” Todd Clarke said. “To call one dad and the other brother was a privilege.”
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