April 25, 1918 ~ February 28, 2009
Edmund W. Clarke, a leader in California's financial industry for more than three decades and a decorated war veteran, died in his Manhattan Beach home Saturday with some of his six children by his side.
He was born April 25, 1918, in Bakersfield, the son of Dwight L. and Edna Marie Clarke.
Mr. Clarke was an avid tennis player nearly all of his life. He was a San Joaquin Valley Juniors tennis champion and as a teenager played the courts of the Los Angeles Tennis Club alongside the likes of such 20th Century luminaries as film idol Errol Flynn and tennis greats Pancho Gonzales and Bobby Riggs.
He attended Cal Tech and graduated from Stanford University in 1939.
Mr. Clarke served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. He saw action in the battles of Tassafaronga, Saipan-Tinian and earned a Bronze Star at Iwo Jima.
In 1948, Mr. Clarke married Mary Patricia Lucas Garrard, also a Bakersfield native. They were married 55 years before her death.
Mr. Clarke began his professional career as a branch manager for the stock brokerage E.F. Hutton in Bakersfield, before moving to San Francisco to join Transamerica Corporation as a vice president in 1960.
He served in a number of executive roles with the company in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including chairman of the investment committee with responsibility for a $1 billion securities portfolio before his retirement in 1983.
He is survived by six children and twelve grandchildren: Don Garrard, father of Tyler, Morgan and Corey; Dwight Clarke, father of Ellie and Jerry; Will Clarke, father of Joseph, Don and Matt; Patty Ann Clarke; Luke Clarke, father of Patrick and Anna, and Marianne Clarke, mother of Edmund and Leah.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at American Martyrs Church, 624 15th St., Manhattan Beach. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at American Martyrs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church, c/o Teresa Perez, 10122 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002.
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