Franklin David Clark, 81, of Chapin, SC, passed away on, August 22, 2017. Frank was born on November 7, 1935, in Live Oak, Florida.
Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Darlene Prevatt Clark; his loving children, Janet (Scotty) Tisdale and David (Dawn) Clark; loving step-child Wen (Lisa) Cromer; cherished grandchildren Jamey (Megan) Clark, David Clark III, Bailee Clark, Brandon (Jessi) Tisdale, and Josh Tisdale; cherished step-grandchild Caydence Cromer; and extraordinary great-grandchildren Izzy Tisdale and Declan Clark.
Frank also is survived by his brother Jared (Jan) Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, W.D. and Oleta Clark, and by his brothers Raymond Clark, Dale Clark, and sister Wynelle Rogers.
After graduation from Suwannee High School (Florida), Frank attended college in Aurora, Illinois, until the U.S. Army called. After being honorably discharged, he worked in insurance and in the pest control business, starting his own business in 1963.
Frank was an experienced and successful home builder and demonstrated a genuine interest in the home building industry on the local, state and national level. He was a licensed residential home builder, licensed home inspector, and a licensed pest control operator in South Carolina.
Frank served as President of the Home Builders Association of South Carolina in 1995 and was named Builder Member of the Year by the HBA of Columbia in 1994, 1999 and 2003. Frank also served as Chairman of the HBA of South Carolina’s Housing Hall of Fame, Land Developers Council, and Disaster Relief Committee. He was elected a Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders in 2003, and a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders Association in 2013. He also held the CGR, GCB, and CAPS professional designations.
In 2004, Frank was inducted into the SC Housing Hall of Fame. Also in 2004, Frank was appointed to the South Carolina Residential Builder’s Commission.
Frank was well-known as being, “Marvelous, Simply Marvelous!” His favorite poem was “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. The poem exemplified the way he tried to live his life. “For that dash represents all the time that he’s spent alive on earth…And now only those who loved him know what that little line is worth. But it matters not how much we own. The cars…the hours…the cash. What matters is how we live and love. And how we spend our dash.”
A memorial celebration will be held at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, . The family has asked that contributions be made to his favorite charity, the Building Industry Charitable Foundation, 625 Taylor St, Columbia SC 29201, in lieu of flowers.