Allan Leopold Clarke
April 12, 1923 - November 18, 2012
Allan Leopold Clarke, 89, went to his heavenly home Nov. 18, 2012. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family in Payson. He was born April 12, 1923 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the son of Albert L. Clarke and Bertile H. Clarke.
He moved to England in 1946 where he was schooled in the field of engineering at Loughborough University in the town of Leicestershire, England.
Mr. Clarke was brought to the United States by Air Research Corporation in 1956 and worked for major American defense contractors as an engineering draftsman and most recently retired from Raytheon in California.
He was an avid sailor and built several of his own boats, including the very popular British sailing “Mirror Dinghy” and the sloop rigged “Y-Flyer.” After racing and winning many sailing competitions with the Lockheed Sailing Club, he and his wife, Inge-Lise upgraded to larger cruising class sailboats and spent many years sailing up and down the California coast. In the 1990s they sold their boats and purchased a motor home. They then began their travels across the United States and Canada and moved to Payson in 2007. They ended their motor homing journeys in 2010.
Mr. Clarke was preceded in death by his mother, father and daughter, Melanie S. Clarke. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Inge-Lise T Clarke; sister, Barbara Lee; daughter, Jillian W Clarke; son, Glenn R Clarke; and stepdaughter, Lori A. Gilliland and her husband David of Payson.
Mr. Clarke’s wishes were to be cremated with his ashes scattered at sea.