Judge Glen Edward Clark

November 23, 1943October 25, 2012

Judge Glen Edward Clark died on October 25, 2012 at his home on Saint Simons Island, Georgia with heart, liver and cancer complications. His memorial service will be Monday, October 29, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Saint Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way, Saint Simons Island, Georgia 31522.

Judge Clark was born November 23, 1943, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Robert Morris Clark and Georgia Lucille Welch Clark. Judge Clark grew up in Audubon, Iowa and Linn County, Iowa. He graduated from Prairie High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa with scholastic, musical and athletic honors. He received his B.A in Political Science from the University of Iowa where he served as President of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Upon graduation in 1966, he married Deanna Dee Thomas Clark, who he had met in 4-H Leadership Club. He served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1968 teaching courses for the United States Armed Forces Institute at Camp Casey, Korea and as a mess sergeant at Fort Ord, California.

Judge Clark earned his J.D. Degree from the University of Utah in 1971 where he was Articles Editor of the Utah Law Review and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. He became a member of the Utah Bar and practiced law with the law firm of Fabian & Clendenin from 1971 until 1982. From 1976 through 1982 he served on the American Bar Association UCC Committee and its Subcommittee on Commercial Paper, Bank Deposits and Collections and Letters of Credit. He was Panel Chair of the Utah Bar Association Banking and Finance Section from 1981 through 1982.

In 1982 he was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge. He was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah, College of Law, and an Instructor of Advanced Business Law at the University of Utah, Graduate School of Business. He authored articles on the subjects of bankruptcy and commercial law. He was a frequent speaker for Norton Bankruptcy Institutes, the American Bankruptcy Institute, Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and several State and Local Bar Associations. He was a member of the Bar of the Mvskoke Nation District Court.

In 1986 he became Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah. He served on the Board of Governors of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges from 1988 through 1994 and chaired the Board of Trustees of the NCBJ Endowment for Education from 1990 through 1992. He served as President of the NCBJ from 1992 to 1993. From 1989 to 1992 he served as a member of the Bankruptcy Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center. From 1992 to 1999 he served as a member of the Committee on the Judicial Branch of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He was a Charter Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and served for six years on its Board of Regents. He served as Director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation and on the Tenth Circuit Judicial Council. He was a founding member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Tenth Circuit from 1996 until 2008.

In January, 2009, Judge Clark retired from the bench to the beautiful and serene Saint Simons Island where he was a member of Saint Simons Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Rotary Club of Saint Simons Island, Coastal Georgia Historical Society and Saint Simons Land Trust.

While in Utah, he served as a ruling elder of Cottonwood Presbyterian Church, a board member of Shared Ministries, a member of the Cottonwood Club, and a member of the Third Saturday Night Dance Club.

Glen is survived by his wife Deanna of Saint Simons Island, Georgia; his son Andrew (Deanna) of Maytown, Pennsylvania; his daughter Carissa of Honolulu, Hawaii; his granddaughter Vashti Isabelle Clark of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; his step-grandchildren Christopher Eshelman (U.S. Navy) and Joelle Eshelman of Maytown, Pennsylvania; his sister Glee Ellen Clark Hamilton (Donald) of Tampa, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, 332 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112; Saint Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522; or Saint Simons Land Trust, 1624 Frederica Road, Saint Simons Island, Georgia 31522. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Monday, October 29, 2012

Judge Glen Edward Clark

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October 20, 2013

Dad was on his last few days a year ago. My heart is tender as I think of him. Andy and my Mom is still living the pain of the loss of him daily. I pray our friends and family will be with my Mom now during this first anniversary as it is a painful time.

Carissa Clark

November 9, 2012

Jaren Rencher

October 30, 2012

My thoughts and prayers to the family of a man who was a big part of my life for the past decade. I learned a lot from Judge Clark and enjoyed appearing before him, even when I knew I was in trouble. He had a terrific sense of humor and knew when to wield it. He has been missed since retirement and will be missed even more now.
May God bless you all during your time of sorrow.

October 29, 2012


I am so sorry to learn of Judge Clark's passing. I so enjoyed working with him for 8 years prior to his passing. I always enjoyed our conversations regarding your garden and how it was doing and he was always ready and willing to talk to me about how to plant and where to get seeds for planting. I know from experience that what you are going through is the very hardest thing to go through, Thank Heaven for families to fill the loneliness and give us a reason to get up and go forward each day. Judge Clark was a great individual and I truly enjoyed associating with him. My best to you and your children as you face this difficult time in your lives.

Thora Searle, Salt Lake City, UT
(Judge Thurman's Judicial Assistant)

October 29, 2012

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. We felt lucky to have him marry us and be a part of one of the most important and special days to us. Glen will be missed by so many that were lucky to know him.

With love, Gerald & Nicole Franzen

Barbara Santiago

October 29, 2012

Dear Deanna and Family,
I'm so sad for the loneliness you must feel as you say goodbye to Glen. His Aunt Lois always spoke so highly of him and I know his mother, Georgia, held him close to her heart. I didn't have many opportunities to know him, but I was always proud to call him my cousin! Michael, Sean, Brian and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the rest of the family that you will find peace in your wonderful memories of times together.

Dori Marshall

October 29, 2012

Sending loving thoughts for your family as you bid Glen farewell. Prayers ascend for comfort and peace as our hope continues in our lord.

Carissa Clark

October 29, 2012

I love, miss you and will always cherish memories of you.
Go with Christ,

Jessica Ressel

October 29, 2012

My prayers n thoughts go out to Andy n his family at this time of their lives. Sorry for your loss.
From, Jessica (Deanna's cousin)