Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Roger Clarke

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William ‘Bill’ Roger Clarke

William ‘Bill’ Roger Clarke passed away on May 18. He was 80. Bill was born in March of 1935 in Washington, D.C. At six weeks old, his family moved across the county to find “home” in California.

Bill attended Fairfax and Hollywood High School. He was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan. 

Bill got his start in the electrical field from Al Berg at BergElectric. He started as an apprentice and went straight up to Vice President. Bill was an accomplished and well-respected electrical contractor. He later went on to open CLARKELECTRIC and, in his later years, became a consultant for numerous electrical contractors throughout L.A.

Bill lived many happy years in the home he built in Malibu. In 1993, Bill met Jacque and they married in 2000. Bill and Jacque moved to Marina Del Rey and built their home in El Segundo.

“Bill and Jacque were inseparable, they were truly soul mates, sharing the same thoughts, same humor, same love of life,” a family member shared. “They were one and Bill, along with his entire family, felt blessed everyday to have Jacque his life.”

Bill was an athlete — he enjoyed all things outdoors, but his love was for the ocean. Surfing, diving, fishing, long ocean cruises, sunsets spent with his wife Jacque, volleyball at San Onofre, happy hour on Gary Horne’s boat were all activities Bill enjoyed near and on the ocean.

“Bill was hard working, honest, loyal, dedicated and could accomplish things others wouldn’t even attempt,” a family member said. Bill was a staunch conservative and enthusiastic political debater. Bill will be remembered by his charisma and sense of humor. He was respected by all who met and worked for him.

Bill is survived by his wife Jacque; his sisters Alice Moriarty (Jim) and Louise Clarke Stone; son David Clarke; daughter Pamela Clarke-Brindley (Randy); grandchildren Amanda and Scott Dunton; and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers Bill requested “you not vote for Hillary” and any donations can be made to the NRA in his honor. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 3 p.m. at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey on Saturday, June 13.