Obituary: Truman Alexander Clark


Editor's Note: Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.

Truman Alexander Clark, an economist, heirloom tomato gardener, and Portola Valley resident, died Feb. 21 of congestive heart failure at an assisted living center in Healdsburg, relatives said. Mr. Clark was 68.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 5, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Healdsburg. Arrangements are by the Fred Young Funeral Home in Cloverdale.

Mr. Clark and his wife Elizabeth moved to 195 acres in Healdsburg in the summer of 2009 from their home on Hayfields Road, where they lived for 18 years, Ms. Clark told The Almanac.

He commuted to Santa Monica, but when at home in Portola Valley, his interests included Major League baseball, Civil War history, and growing heirloom tomatoes, his wife said. She used the tomatoes to make "everything possible," including tomato pie, she said.

They "loved" walking Portola Valley's trails with their dog, Ms. Clark said. "We would take so many fabulous routes. It's one the things I really miss about our (years there)." Portola Valley was just rural enough, she said. "You felt removed but still connected."

They were members of the Christ Episcopal Church.

Mr. Clark was a native of Healdsburg and a graduate of Menlo School in Atherton and Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in politics.

After a time in Korea as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Mr. Clark returned to California, where he met his future wife and worked for the Dean Witter brokerage firm, the first of several financial sector jobs. He had a doctorate in business finance from the University of Chicago.

After a university teaching post in Buffalo, New York, he taught at the University of Southern California, then returned to the private sector for Dimensional Fund Advisors, from which he retired in 2005, relatives said.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Clark is survived by son Alex Clark of Seattle; and daughter Shelley Clark of Mission Viejo.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Civil War Preservation Trust.

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