Charles “Ed” Clarke
Charles “Ed” Clarke, age 76 of Litchfield Park, AZ died November 26, 2017 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease Dementia as a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. He was born December 1, 1940 in Jackson, MS to Cyrus Augustus and Louise Smith Clarke. He served in the US Air Force from 1963 – 1983 as a fighter pilot achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. After his discharge from the US Air Force, Ed worked as a manager at Tres Realty in Goodyear for another 20 years. He was a gifted instructor and loved sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. He also was a talented musician, drummer, artist and woodworker.
Ed is survived by his wife of 50 years, Heather Clarke; sons, Tim and Dan Clarke; five grandchildren, Anthony, Misti, Vivian, Jesse and Simon Clarke and one great grandchild, Chloe Clarke. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17450 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd, Surprise, AZ 85378. The family suggests that donations be made to Mohammad Ali Parkinson’s Center, 240 W. Thomas #302, Phoenix, AZ 85013.