Jimmy (Jim) Aron Clark, 76, of Amarillo, TX passed away on December 12, 2022.
Celebration of life services will be at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, December 17, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett officiating. The family will receive friends after the funeral service at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1:00 P.M., Sunday, December 18, 2022, in Blackwell Cemetery in Blackwell, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Jim was born in Altus, OK on December 6, 1946, to Cora Lee Graves and Ordaff Arlo Clark. He attended Wayland Baptist University on a college scholarship running cross country track.
Jim married Judith Kay Walls on July 8, 1966.
Jim worked as an Athletic Director, Football Coach, and Educator for 38 years. He was with the Quanah Indians: 1972-1974, Bishop Badgers: 1974-1986, Lockney Longhorns: 1987-1991, and Alice Coyotes: 1991-2010. His career win/loss/tie record: 226/172/5. Jim was inducted into the Coastal Bend Coaches Association Hall of Honor on January 13, 2018, for his achievements and excellence in coaching young men and women of South Texas.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman, sports enthusiast, John Wayne fan, and above all family man. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, an old fashioned western, or a good ole road trip. He lived life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ordaff Arlo Clark; mother, Cora Lee Dabney; stepfather, William Lester Dabney; and brother, Ronald (Ronnie) Clark.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Clark, of Amarillo, TX; brother and his wife, Rick and Diane Dabney, of Amarillo, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Jim Clark Jr. and Sherry (Chapman) Clark, of Amarillo, TX; son and daughter-in-law, Jason Clark and Cassie Johnson, of Fort Worth, TX; granddaughter, Taylor Clark, of Amarillo, TX; grandson, Taron Clark, of Amarillo, TX; grandson, Mayer Clark, of Ft. Worth, TX; great-granddaughter, Lilly Clark, of Amarillo, TX; adopted family Skrobarczyk’s, of Riviera, TX; adopted family Chhotu’s, of Corpus Christi, TX; many other extended family, nieces and nephews.
Heartfelt thanks go to the entire BSA Healthcare network, Texas Oncology, and Visiting Angels for all their care and support throughout his cancer journey.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at the following website: givenow.lls.org
A traditional after game party for friends and family will follow the Celebration of Life services from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Saturday, December 17, 2022, at The Club House, 7900 SW 81st Ave., Amarillo, Texas 79119.
33 Replies to “Jimmy (Jim) Aron Clark”
I am just now seeing this and heart broken! I have searched for Jim and Judy for years. Jim and Judy were Swannie and my dearest friends in college at Wayland Baptist. Somehow we lost touch. Many a weekend we shared what was left in our refrigerators/pantries and played cards or dominos for entertainment. Our sons, Jimbo and Coby, were also best buddies and played together daily. Jim was a special guy and the world will miss him. My love and sympathy to Judy, Jimbo, Jason and everyone who loved him.
Knowing Jim and Judy for the past few years has been a pleasant experience in my life, Their courage as they walked the path together through all the test, treatment, was a testimony to their love ❤️ and commitment to each other.
My fondest memory of Coach was the day he took pity on a girl who had just moved to Bishop from Maryland (where the weather was still in the 50s) and did not make her run in the 90-degree heat! He was always quick with a smile, and never seemed too busy for all of us “kids.” Having his son in our class was also a blessing as it made us feel more like he was “ours.” RIP, Coach. You will be missed by so many.
While I didn’t personally know Jim, I have the pleasure of working with his wonderful son, Jason, and witness the wonderful character traits, leadership and care for others that were instilled in his son.
What a wonderful role model and inspiration to all!
My sincere condolences and prayer to the entire family.
Coach Clark was a great coach, teacher & man. He had great influence on the man I am today. I’ll forever be grateful. He’s the reason I still call a football a tater.🤣. RIP Coach!
Coach Clark was one of three reasons why I do what I do. If I ever turn into half the coach he was I know I will have done well. I love you Coach and I’ll see you down the road.
My condolences to all the Clark family. What an honor it was to work alongside him in Alice, Texas, America. Coach Clark was an excellent role model for all students and coaches. We all shared many great times together that will never be forgotten. The gates of Heaven will be wide open to welcome Coach Clark. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
The beauty of growing up in a small town was the closeness the community felt for each other (even though as kids we didn’t appreciate it). Coach Clark, like so many other teachers as BCISD, took their jobs at educators beyond the classroom. So many life lessons were taught on the field of play. Coach Clark’s friendly smile was always warm and welcoming, but he was stern when need be. He was kind and patient and knew how to draw the best from those he taught. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to have had him as a coach. Prayers to all of his family and friends.
Coach Clark gave me some wonderful memories and great lessons during my years as a student at BHS. He took on a few girls and coached them to win many races despite the obstacles of having no track of their own to practice at. I will always remember his wonderful smile.
Coach Clark will forever have a heart of gold, compassion! He had a special way of encouraging at the same time challenging you to reach your best level. He was a slow talker, and I often asked my dad (Coach Jack Tayrien) why he didn’t talk faster. Daddy said cause Coach Clark wants to make sure you learn what you need to learn the first time he says it!
We loved Coach Clark and Judy in the years they were here in Lockney. Sweet neighbors to my parents and our son’s high school football coach. He was such a kind man and cared for his students. Judy, we send our love to you and the boys.
My deepest condolences to Judy and his family. The coaching world lost a great one today, Rest In Peace Coach Clark!! A great coach but an even better human being!! You will be missed💔
Once a Coyote ,Always a Coyote!!🧡💔🤍
Oh Coach Clark you will be missed. He was one of the very best!! He always had a smile on his face.
Coach Clark was first one of my high school coaches in Bishop, then my boss at Lockney, then a co-worker at Alice. Many fond memories of the man with the slow drawl. Prayers and condolences from Jamie and me to Judy, Jimbo, Jason and their families
Coach Clark was a wonderful coach and an amazing person. To know him, was to love him! My deepest condolences to Judy and his family. Rest In Peace Coach.
Once a Coyote, Always a Coyote🧡💔🤍
There aren’t enough words to describe this incredible man who become our family the minute he moved to Bishop. My parents loved the Clarks and adopted them as a part of our family. They watched and helped me grow up and did the same for my girls. We will always cherish the memories of our coach and his legacy will live on in his boys and grandchildren. Until we see each other again, I know my mom and daddy were waiting for you at heaven’s door with open arms. Our love and prayers to Judy, Jimbo and Jason. We love and miss you Coach.
So sorry to hear this. We had some fun times in Bishop as neighbors. We really had some good times on Tubbs St. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy and all family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. May you feel God’s loving arms around you giving strength, comfort, and peace.
Love from Carl and Nancy Smith and family
We fondly remember Coach Clark and his family when he was in Bishop. May God grant peace and comfort to Judy and family.
We love and enjoyed our time with the Clark family when they lived in Bishop, TX. Prayers of comfort for the family.
Pat & Betty
A fine gentleman. RIP Coach Clark
Coach Clark was a man of integrity that cared more about his family then himself. He took that one step further in his profession as a coach and educator of young people. Rest In Peace my friend. Cochran Family
Coach Clark was one of the best humans I ever knew. I know he will be missed, but his legacy will live on in the thousands he loved and influenced.
“Let’s go get a bean”
Only pleasant memories of a man who loved his job and the students he interacted with. Condolences to The loved ones he kindly waits to reunite with ❤️
Jim was an excellent coach and teacher. Always positive and a great example to our students. Judy was also an outstanding addition to our office staff. Praying for Judy and her family. Blessings and condolences to all.
Jim was a good man and even better friend. I enjoyed coaching with Jim at Lockney. We remained good friends after I left the coaching profession, and we continued our friendship enjoying a friendly game of golf. He will be sorely missed.
Coach Clark was a great friend and coworker. He will be greatly missed. 🕊️
Jim was one special man. He was one of Mickey’s best friends all through the years. They coached many years together. May God comfort Judy and all the family.
He was a wonderful coach and a mighty nice gentleman. He touched many football players hearts.
Jim was a very nice kind neighbor. His smile just made you feel welcome. Rest sweet neighbor
What a wonderful coach and friend. He was an example for many young men. His life was well lived and his legacy will live on.
What a great neighbor! Will miss
Jim was a wonderful friend and neighbor. He as a great coach and a loving family man. May he Rest In Peace. Our sincere condolences to Judy and family.