Obituary of Paul Quentin Clark
Paul Quentin Clark, 55, passed away on May 7, 2020. He was born in Lemmon, South Dakota on May 13, 1964 to Francis and Mary Helen (Kari) Clark. Paul was baptized on May 24, 1964 at St. James Church in Drew, South Dakota. Paul was the youngest of five boys and also had a younger sister. After growing up in Bison, South Dakota, he received his mechanical engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
After receiving his degree, Paul moved to the Dallas–Fort Worth area to begin his career. On a night out with friends at Billy Bob’s Texas, he met Andrea Christensen. After dating three months, they were engaged to be married. They married on March 23, 1991 at St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell, Texas. In November 1992, Paul and Andrea had a son, Andrew.
Paul’s work took the young family to Livonia, Michigan as Paul started a 23-year career with TransCanada Pipeline. In April 1997, the Clarks had another son, John. During his time in Michigan, Paul was actively involved with his family and the community, including church, choir, soccer, and Boy Scouts.
After 14 years in Michigan, Paul’s work took his family back to Texas—this time, to Houston. As a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Community, he looked forward to singing in the traditional choir each week. On the weekends, he did yard work (which he loved) and helped with high school band and Scouting activities. He also developed a love of genealogy research. Paul was immensely proud of his family and loved watching his boys become men. He delighted in being Pops to his granddaughter and was looking forward to meeting her little sister, due this summer.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, and his father-in-law, Robert Christensen.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 29 years, Andrea; son, Andrew and his wife, Alexandra and their daughter, Catherine, all of Houston, Texas; and son, John, a seminarian in Houston, Texas. In addition, Paul is survived by his loving family: brother, Ernest and his wife, Beverly, of Spearfish, South Dakota; brother, Cyril Don and his wife, Monni, of Libby, Montana; brother, John and his wife, Danuta of Cordova, Tennessee; brother, Patrick of Bison, South Dakota; and sister, Mary Ann and her husband, Scott, of Hendricks, Rapid City, South Dakota. Paul was also a proud uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was grateful for the love and caregiving support of his extended family: sister-in-law Katrina Head and her husband, Roger, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Marthé Groves and her husband, John, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; mother-in-law, Margaret Christensen of Grinnell, Iowa; and dear friend, Dr. Marjorie Renfrow of Grinnell, Iowa.
A visitation with the family will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 18, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020. All services will take place at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 19222 Tomball Parkway in Cypress, Texas. Paul will be laid to rest at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, Texas. The family has asked that masks be worn and social distancing measures be respected at all times.
The family gives special thanks to the ALS Clinic Team at the Baylor College of Medicine and his primary caregiver, Cynthia Ross.