Olympian, NT Hall Of Famer David Clark Dies
Clark Was First North Texas Athlete To Reach The Olympics
North Texas Athletics Hall of Fame member David Eugene Clark of Duncanville, Texas, passed away on February 12, 2018, at his home after a hard fought battle with cancer. Clark was 81 years old.
Clark was the first North Texas athlete to participate in the Olympics, competing in the pole vault in the 1960 Games in Rome. He earned four letters in track at North Texas, was named all-Missouri Valley Conference three times and an all-American in 1960, the same year he finished second at the NCAA championships. As a senior, he became he first Texan in history to clear the 15-foot mark in pole vaulting. At North Texas, Clark broke the program's pole vault record three times and was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference pole vault champion in 1959 and 1960. He was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.
Born April 28, 1936, in Frisco, Texas, Clark attended Grand Prairie High School and North Texas State University, and worked in education for more than 30 years. He was known throughout Dallas County for teaching swimming lessons in his backyard and was recognized for his lifelong contributions to pole vaulting. Clark helped found the DFW chapter of the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association, of which he was a board member. He was inducted into the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015.
Clark is survived by his wife, Sylvia, his three sons and a daughter-in-law, six grandchildren, his sister, numerous nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends. Memorial services were held on Feb. 17 at Dallas First Church of the Nazarene.