In Memory

Jonathan Clark

Jonathan A. Clark

April 20, 1947 - December 9, 2013

Jonathan Alden Clark, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, was born on April 10, 1947 in Norfolk, Virginia to Rev. Douglas A. and Ruth C. Clark, and died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 9, 2013 at age 66.

Shortly after his birth the family moved from Back Bay, Virginia to Morris, New York.  It was here that Stephen and Stanley, his identical twin brothers, joined the family in 1948.  In 1952 the Clarks moved to Hoopeston, Illinois; to Urbana, Illinois in 1956; and to Plainview, Texas, where they lived from 1958-65.  Jonathan graduated from Plainview High School as a member of the class of 1964.

Jonathan entered Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois in 1964, where he played trombone in the symphonic band and worked for the student newspaper.  He majored in English Literature and Journalism, and graduated in 1968.  In 1972 he married Wheaton alumna Susan R. Fisher, who he had met in Phoenix, Arizona, and a long and loving marriage began.

Jonathan's career was focused on writing and public speaking.  He began as a sports writer for daily newspapers in Texas and Illinois, and was named Publications Editor for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Phoenix, moving to Kansas City when the NCAA relocated there.  In 1982 he and Susan went to work as trainers for a national company in the Kansas City area, where they travelled across the nation presenting one-day business seminars for many years.  Along the way they moved to Orcas Island, Washington, and lived on Puget Sound for several years while continuing to conduct seminars almost every week.

Eventually they decided to strike out on their own, and made their way to the Phoenix area where in 1996 Jonathan founded Scottsdale Seminars, Inc.  The main focus of his company was to help improve the business writing skills of the employees in his many client organizations.

Over the years Jonathan conducted training days in all 50 states and nine Canadian provinces.  He also authored a book on time and priority management.  By the end of his long career he had conducted more than 2,700 full-day training seminars to many thousands of professional individuals.

Tragedy struck the family in 2004, when Susan collapsed from a brain hemorrhage and eventually had to be moved into an assisted care facility.

In addition to his career success, Jonathan will be remembered for two things.  The first was his love for classical music.  He especially enjoyed the opera, attending 340 different operas in eleven different countries.  He organized an opera meet-up group in Phoenix, and maintained an opera blog on his company website.

His second love was sports.  He was an avid and lifelong fan of baseball, watching games in 58 different stadiums during his life.  His ability to recall sports statistics was legendary.  His blog contained many of his best sports stories.

As a child Jonathan was led to faith in Christ by his father, and he served the church in many capacities during his life.  At the time of his passing he was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, Susan Fisher Clark of Tempe, Arizona; his father, Rev. Douglas A. Clark of Spring Hill, Florida; his two brothers, Stephen A. Clark of Wheaton, Illinois and Stanley A. Clark of Emily, Minnesota; and nine nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Phoenix at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Memorial gifts in Jonathan's name can be sent to the Arizona Opera (http://azopera.org), or to his wife's trust fund (make checks payable to "Trustee of the Susan R. Clark Special Needs Trust", and mail to Stanley A. Clark, 41619 Birchwood Drive, Emily, MN 56447).