Ernest Calvin Clark
July 25, 1924 – October 15, 2020
Ernest Calvin Clark, 96, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on October 15, 2020. Ernest was born on July 25, 1924 in Spokane, Washington, to the late Beulah Jane (Pryor) Clark and James Herschel Clark. He grew up in Rusk, Texas and graduated from Rusk High School in 1942.
Ernest was an avid musician, starting his band teaching career in Katy, Texas in 1945, following graduation from Sam Houston State Teacher’s College in Huntsville. He then moved to teach in La Grange, Texas, where he met his future wife, Georgerine Osthoff. They were married August 7, 1949, until her death, January 5, 2016.
The family moved to Luling, Texas, where he lead the band at Luling High School from 1955-1957. This was followed by a final move to Brazosport Independent School District in 1957. Ernest attended classes each summer at the University of Texas in Austin until completion of his Master’s Degree in Music in 1958. He served as band director at Freeport Junior High from 1957-1965, and Lake Jackson Junior High/Intermediate from 1965-1986. He was well known for leading his bands to First Division awards and on July 24, 2000, was inducted into the International School Bandmaster Fraternity Hall of Fame. Ernest served in the Brazosport College/Community band for many years.
In addition to teaching, he was a renowned musical instrument repairman. He started repairing band instruments in 1948, and continued until the time of his death. He originally worked for H & H Music, then B & H Music, Brazosport Independent School District, as well as individual musicians from all over who sought his assistance. He has done repairs for musicians in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma, Virginia, and the number from Texas is innumerable. His greatest joy was repairing instruments for students and teaching them how to care for their horn. He was a longstanding member of the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians.
Ernest joined the Lutheran church following his marriage, and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson from 1967 until his passing. Throughout their marriage, Ernest and Georgia were able to travel extensively in Europe, Mexico, as well as all fifty states. He enjoyed goose hunting, going to the shooting range, gun collecting, as well as attending car shows, concerts, ballet, and opera performances. He took pride in producing collectible woodworking projects for family members and friends. Last, but not least Ernest considered himself to be a true, proud, American Patriot.
- James Herschel Clark, Father (deceased)
- Beulah Jane (Pryor) Clark, Mother (deceased)
- Georgerine (Osthoff) Clark, Wife (deceased)
- Pamela Sue Gwin, Daughter
- Jeffrey Paul Clark, Son
- Stephanie Vincent, Granddaughter
- David Vincent, Grandson-in-law
- Tiffanie Mixon Burt, Granddaughter
- Ray Burt, Grandson-in-law
- Bethanie Larson, Granddaughter
- Israel Larson, Grandson-in-law
- Cadelyn Bennett, Great-Grandchild
- Trey Mitcham, Great-Grandchild
- Tyler Mitcham, Great-Grandchild
- Kylie Burt, Great-Grandchild
- Jacob Calvin Larson, Great-Grandchild
- Casen Vincent, Great-Grandchild
- Evangeline Arrant, Sister
- Juanita Clark, Sister (deceased)
- Harold Clark, Brother (deceased)
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- Jeffrey Clark, Pallbearer
- Charles Wagner, Pallbearer
- Raymond Burt, Pallbearer
- David Vincent, Pallbearer
- Darrell Schoppe, Pallbearer
- Sam Palasota, Pallbearer
- Israel Larson, Honorary Pallbearer
A Gathering to Share Memories of Ernest
Sunday, October 18, 2020
A Musical Celebration of Ernest's Life
Monday, October 19, 2020
Ernest Calvin Clark
Cindy Mann (McDonald)
October 20, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful dad.
He was a much loved and respected teacher and friend of my parents. He was a great band director! He will always have a special place in our hearts! Much love to you and your families. Praying for God's comfort and peace during this sad time.
Cindy (McDonald) Mann
Sue and Bill Gottschalk
October 18, 2020
Ernest Clark: July 25, 1924 – October 15, 2020
October 19, 2020
To the family and loved ones of Ernest Clark:
For many who knew and loved him, Ernest Clark became our mentor. His quiet gentleness, his loving smile, his wonderful laughter, these and many other traits encouraged people to love and respect him deeply. As students, colleagues and friends he taught us so much more than the skills needed to play a musical instrument or to rehearse a group of musicians to the peak of perfection. By his example he demonstrated such strength of character and excellent wisdom that one could not help but fall in lock step behind him! While he gently demanded the highest efforts of each one of us, he emulated that Biblical principle of “agape’ love,” - to seek the highest good of another.
Today, at this moment, whether we have been able to gather together in person or only in spirit for this “Musical Celebration” of the life of our beloved friend, we are the testimony, we are the “so great a cloud of witnesses” of whom the Apostle Paul spoke in the 11th and 12th chapters of the book of Hebrews. Indeed, we ourselves stand as witnesses of the mark of faithfulness that Ernest has had upon our lives… And the beat goes on… The indelible influence of Ernest Clark has been and shall continue to be passed on to others for generations to come.
He may be out of sight, but we shall carry him within our hearts now and always. Surely God has said,
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Rest in My Peace…”
In loving memory,
“The Gottschalks,” Bill and Sue
October 18, 2020
Mr. Clark started me on the clarinet in 6th grade. Never in my wildest dream did I know how much being in the band at LJIS, Brazoswood High School and Brazosport Community band would mean to me. Mr. Clark started that spark and kept it going. He also repaired my clarinet on several occasions. He always remembered me when we saw each other out & about, He influenced many young people.
May your wonderful memories bring you much comfort in the coming days. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort that only He can.
October 18, 2020
I remember our CLC choir retreats in Ernest's and Georgia's backyard. It was a special time, good food and fellowship, great hosts and much fun. We all knew how much pride both of them took in the plants and the restful and calming space.
Ernest repaired our daughter, Carolyn's, clarinet several times during her school and college musical career.
Our condolences to his family.
Larry and Andy Patella
Veronica Matocha Bohuslav
October 18, 2020
I AM A MEMBER OF THE 1950 GRADUATION CLASS OF LA GRANGE HIGH SCHOOL. MR. CLARK WAS THE MUSIC TEACHER DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS.. HE WAS A HIGHLY RESPECTED AND TALENTED TEACHER IN THE COMMUNITY. HE NEVER MISSED OUR LHS50 CLASS REUNION , AS RECENT AS 2019. OUR. CONDOLENCE TO PAM AND JEFF.
VERONICA & GILBERT BOHUSLAVU
October 17, 2020
I met Ernest at Community Band practices in Lake Jackson. For several years, we got together with other musicians to play at retirement & healthcare facilities, especially for Christmas season. I was honored when he asked me to play in a wind quintet with him - & I became a much better musician for the experience. He kept my flute in tip-top shape & we always had fun talking & sharing music. I am a much better person for having known Ernest. I hope to play music with him in the great orchestra in the sky. My sincere condolences to his friends & family. He will be missed!
October 17, 2020
My Husband, Lambert Lidiak was a student of Mr. Clark. He was in the LHS 1950 graduating class and I will always remember Mr. Clark coming to La Grange to attend the Class Reunions. Attached is a snapshot of the last reunion that the class had in La Grange. Mr. Clark looked so good on the picture and we were always so happy to see him. Thanks for always making it possible for him to attend. The class lost another teacher, Rose Mayer this year and I think Mr. Clark was their last teacher. May he rest in peace. My sympathy to the family. Also Lambert Lidiak passed away on March 28, 2020 and I really miss him. I guess they are both together again. Sincerely, Doris Lidiak
October 16, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of a great man and friend.
Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. We have fond memories — taking an instrument to him late at night for upcoming competition, ice cream parties by the pool, and choir to name a few.
Rest In Peace, Ernest.
Joe and Sharon