John Clarke Skogstad

December 19, 1938April 27, 2021

John Clarke Skogstad of Atlanta, GA, passed away on April 27, 2021

John was born in CA to Samuel Lawton Skogstad and Katherine Bringhurst Clarke Skogstad on December 19, 1938. He had 2 older siblings, Katherine “Kappy” Skogstad Lord and Samuel L. Skogstad, Jr. Following the untimely death of his father when John was 4 months old, the 4 remaining Skogstads moved to Coral Gables, FL. They lived with their adoring Grandmother Clarke and their Aunt Mary Helm Clarke. John attended Coral Gables Elementary, Coral Gables High School and graduated from the University of Miami where he was an All American tennis player. John spent nearly 40 years working at Conklin Metal Industries and retired as Executive Vice President. He served his country with the US Marine Reserves. In 1966, he married Ruth Conyers Knight and they had 2 children, John Jr. and Kristen, who he adored.

John was preceded in death by his sister Kappy (Charles Lord) and brother in law, Bill Knight (Marjorie), and is survived by his wife, Ruth, his children and their spouses , John, Jr (Mike Lavin), Kristen (Chris Sodemann), his grandchildren, John “Jack”, Beau, and Lawton Sodemann, his brother and sister in Law, Sam and Jane Skogstad and their children, Sam III, his daughter, Ashley Skogstad Espina, and Dana (Ivan Shepperd) and their daughter Holly Shepperd.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, May 6 at 2 PM at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (Atlanta). COVID precautions will be in place.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) Link to donate:

Address to send checks: AYTEF 6075 The Corners Parkway Suite 100 Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


6 May

A Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

3180 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305


John Clarke Skogstad

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Lane Overstreer

May 6, 2021

Ruth and Sam, This brings tears to my eyes and sorrow to my heart. May his family and many friends help you thru this grief. A husband for Ruth, a brother for Sam, a boyhood friend of seventy years for me, Ish was family. Lane

Bob Gray

May 5, 2021

Dear Ruth and family,
I was deeply saddened to learn of John's recent passing. Where to start with the great memories......I first met John at the Bitsy Grant T C along with Bob Nichols.....we then shared an apartment in Colonial Homes. While John was head and shoulders a better tennis player than I, he still tolerated our game and played with us. John had the most talent of any of the players in Atlanta. It was a treat to watch him play..
Both John and Bob were ushers in our wedding in 1964.
Ruth, we remember the visit by you and John when we lived in Los Angeles.......that was a long time ago.
My sympathy to all the family on the loss of a great man.
Bob Gray

Dot and Dallis Champion

May 2, 2021

Dear sweet friend Ruth and family,
Our thoughts are with you during your time of loss. What a fun and wonderful guy John was! God Bless and keep you now and always.
We love you, Dot and Dallis

Bud Slaker

May 2, 2021

Dear Ruth, Kristen, John Jr.

Remember all the wonderful times. Condolences, Bud

Linda Bradford

May 1, 2021

John was such a nice man and had such a kind and warm demeanor. He loved and was good at every game he played! Tennis champion, golf and excellent at bridge! We loved all our many trips with Ruth and John to Sea Island and Lake Burton along with Margie and Harry! He loved to laugh and was game for anything ! He loved Ruth and his family and will be missed by all! Heaven is having more fun because John is up there! Love you John...

Margie Stockton

May 1, 2021

Harry and I treasure our friendship with this wonderful man. John Skogstad was the Real Deal. He will be missed and remembered with love.
Margie Stockton