Mr. Michael John Dodgson Clark
August 4, 1935 – April 18, 2021
Michael John Dodgson Clark, of Hurst Texas, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Bedford TX. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle.
He was born on August 4, 1935 in Manchester, England to Mabel and John Clark. He graduated from the University of Salford in Lancashire, England.He began his stress engineering career in aviation at A.V. ROE Aircraft in Manchester, followed by British Aircraft Corp in Wharton, England, until moving to the US in 1967. He worked for Boeing until finally settling in Hurst in 1970 where he retired from Bell Helicopter in 1999. His love for soccer began at an early age, during WWII when his only toy was a ball. As his family grew and so did their love for the sport. Mike began coaching his son in Irving, TX until helping to establish Hurst United Soccer Association where he refereed until he was 73.
Mike is survived by Patricia, his wife of 60 years; children Gillian Plagianos (Nick),Philip Clark (Michelle), and David Clark; grandchildren Kristi (Chris), Adam, Josh (Tara), Joseph, Jacob, James, Sabrina, Gina and Louis; great grandchildren Maverick, Noah and Callum. Also survived by his cousins Chris and Sandra Bennett; niece Julie, along with her husband Mark Garrity and their children Caroline, Michelle, Emma, Natalie, Mark Jr.,Chris, Jon, Matthew and their families who all live in England.He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Ann, and brother-in -law Jim Rollisson.
The Celebration of Live Service will be held at 3 o'clock pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyville TX. Due to Covid, limited attendance has been requested and no children please. Streaming broadcast will be available.Link will be active day of the service. If you wish to send flowers in honor of Mr. Michael Clark please contact Lilium Floral Design at 817-589-1566 or by visiting their website at http://www.liliumflorals.com.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home
Mr. Michael John Dodgson Clark
May 8, 2021
Some of my all-time favourite memories are of (Great) Uncle Mike, Auntie Pat and their family, making their regular visits to the UK. As a child, I was captivated by their British/Texan world, and Uncle Mike was an attentive, gentle and joyful instructor - “You see, in Texas, Caroline, your glass would be full of ice and you could get your drink refilled for free as many times as you like! And a fizzy drink is called a soda!” Ever the coach, Uncle Mike continued to gently instruct me, throughout the years. From explaining the game play at soccer, baseball and pool, to making sure I drank water and put sunscreen on my ears, to sharing loving words of wisdom about life and the world; these are the memories I’ll cherish most.
I have two particularly fond memories - sitting at Pat & Mike’s dining table, sharing one of their English salads, with a slice of homemade bread and a pot of English tea; and our lengthy Skype chats, with the big, colourful map of Texas in the background, and Pat & Mike frequently sitting half in and half out of shot! Oh, how I miss those calls…
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, (Great) Uncle Mike, for your kindness, generosity, wisdom, support, encouragement, love and care and for the many happy memories we all made together. I can see you now, in heaven, wearing your shorts, t-shirt, sneakers, baseball cap and whistle – coaching the American kids in English soccer!
I’ll see you at one of those games, one day.
With lots and lots of love,
May 5, 2021
My dear uncle Michael, so many wonderful and very precious memories from sitting on your scooter , playing ball everywhere together , to our precious visits to see you in America . Always a smile , full of warmth and so caring , your going to be missed so very much , rest now,just know how much your loved . Keep the family close to you up there till we meet again . Love always your heartbroken niece , Julie xxxx
Beryl & Jack Warburton
May 3, 2021
In 1959 Jack went to work at A.V.Roe in Manchester where he made friends with Mike and soon our families were great friends. Our friendship continued when the Clarks decided to emigrate to U.S.A. and we spent many happy times together in America, England and cruising round Europe. Mike was a person you could always depend on, and always greeted you with a smile.
Our prayers are with Pat and family.
May 3, 2021
Rest in peace Mr. Clark. ❤️🙌🏻 He was instrumental in beginning H.U.S.A. (the Hurst United Soccer Association) over 40 years ago, and this man was an inspiration to many people for many years. ⚽️🥰 He will be missed and he will certainly be remembered (always). He had so much great insight for me, and encouraged me to referee soccer games for H.U.S.A. and do it well and to have fun doing it. Always a smile on his face, and that positive energy from him would always be obvious. Prayers for the Clark family, and much love for them too! 🙏🏻❤️ God bless! Mr. Clark will not be forgotten and will always be remembered (as he’s refereeing soccer games in heaven as we speak).
May 3, 2021
For most of my years growing up, it was all about soccer. And it was my first coach, Mr Clark, that helped me find that path. It took several subsequent coaches over the 30+ years to help me fully realize that he was likely my Best Coach as well.
But my best memories are from our later years. Didn’t see him often, but when I did, it usually involved conversations around the dreaded ping-pong table at his son Phil’s house. He’s a timeless winner on that little court. Always competitive while sporting that wide Mike Clark smile and good nature, I enjoyed every moment. I so strongly wish I’d seen him more these past few years! I have nothing but fond memories of the man.
April 30, 2021
We will miss you Dad/Papa, from the first time that I met you in 1983 while dating Philip, you always welcomed me with a big "Hello Michelle"! I will never forget that warm smile, the big blue eyes and our long talks at the kitchen table. Thank you for loving me like a 2nd daughter and teaching your son how to be a good husband, father and provider for our family I will always remember that first stuffed soccer ball that you bought Kristi at such a young age which got handed down thru the grandchildren. That ball is still like new in the bedroom closet. Little did we know that even your great grandchildren would have that same ball their feet. You are leaving behind an amazing legacy that will carry on your memories as we grow old. I will see you again in Heaven when God calls me home. Please give my mom a hug from me, save me some Cadbury chocolates and keep the PG tips on hand!
I love you!
From your favorite daughter-in-law
Michelle Hershon Clark