Charles (Chuck) Morris Clark, 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Dec. 8, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. His passing marked the end of his long-term battle with prostate cancer.
He loved the truck equipment industry in which he spent his entire adult life. He was a member of NTEA’s Board of Trustees from 1978–1983 during some of the Association’s most formative years. He also served as NTEA president.
Chuck was born to Morris H. (Bud) and Jane Clark in Denver, Colorado. The family soon relocated to Albuquerque after Bud was chosen to open a local Winter-Weiss Co. branch. In 1964, controlling interest was acquired by Bud and the business became Clark Truck Equipment Co. (CTE), which Chuck and his brother Don operated following Bud’s death in 1973. Together, they built upon their father's legacy of running a successful homegrown business. Chuck attended the University of New Mexico, where he met his wife Patty, with whom he enjoyed 47 years of marriage before her death in 2015.
Before starting a family with Patty, Chuck served in the Navy, where he rose to become a medic and instructor during the Vietnam War era. He earned his private pilot’s license, and later his hot air balloon pilot’s license. He flew his bright orange and blue Voyager with the help of his trusty crew for nearly a decade. After hanging up his wings, he served on the Board of Directors for Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for 18 years.
He was a likable, loyal and caring father, husband, brother, friend and businessman. He was passionate about gardening, traveling, hot air ballooning, cooking and eating delicious food, flying his drone, fly fishing and spending time with his family, friends and Schnauzers.
Chuck is survived by his son Matthew Clark, daughter Katherine (Kitty) Clark-Fritz and brother Don Clark, who remains with the family firm Clark Truck Equipment Co. Inc.
NTEA Member Directory listing for Clark Truck Equipment
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