OBITUARY

Art Clarkson

June 9, 1941October 7, 2019
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Art Clarkson loved to bring people together, and sports was his favorite method. Whether it was the whole city around Birmingham Barons baseball or Birmingham Bulls hockey, or just his family on a Sunday afternoon for a Bears game, Art loved to make us all smile (or wince if our team lost) together.

Art, age 78, passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 at his Birmingham, Alabama home. He was born Jules Arden Clarkson on June 9, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois.

Art leaves a big hole in the hearts of his family, but also of countless athletes he mentored, coaches he recruited, staff he led, and fans he thrilled.

Growing up in California, Art was a gifted athlete himself, playing football through college and having fun doing anything physical, from surfing to lifting weights. He met his wife of 42 years, Kathy, and they moved around the country working in sports, before settling in Birmingham to raise their children Alison and Matt.

Art spent years developing the Barons, and as a family they rarely missed a game. After traveling in more recent years to develop teams in Green Bay and Denver, Art returned to Birmingham to be closer to his family, which had grown to include five grandchildren.

Art's final project was the relaunch of the Birmingham Bulls, where he and Kathy never missed a game, and enjoyed hosting their children and grandchildren whenever possible. Art had the touch in sports and in life because he always knew what really mattered: living kindly, having fun, and being together.

The family welcomes friends and business associates to join them for A Celebration of Art's Life at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Immediately following the service, the family will host a reception at the Hoover Met, 100 Ben Chapman Drive, Hoover, AL 35244.

Services

22 October

A Celebration of Art Clarkson's Life

6:30 pm

The Hoover Metropolitan Stadium

100 Ben Chapman Drive
Hoover, AL 35244

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Chris Savage

October 9, 2019

I met and started training for powerlifting with Art in 1999. He made me laugh often. He was always a joy to be around and I loved to listen to his stories. For the first two months that I knew him, I mistakingly thought his name was Al and kept calling him that. Finally, one day while we were training he yelled at me, “My name’s Art. Al is my dead brother.” This became a running joke between us (there wasn’t an Al Clarkson). RIP my friend and say hello to Al for me.

Dean Hancock

October 9, 2019

Art was truly one of the most unforgettable characters I've ever known. We first met in the early 80's at a charitable event at Rickwood. He was resurrecting the Barons and I was totally mesmerized by his endless marketing energy; sage wisdom; insight about people and his unique humor. Even though were were never really close friends, when we did visit he always made me feel like we were. Through the years we would occasionally bump into each other and talk about his projects, sports and families. Art gave me some advice years ago that I'm proud to say became my personal mantra. One day while visiting at Rickwood I asked him what was his secret to success. Without hesitating he immediately said it's simple: create a need and meet it! I'm sure he gave that piece of advice to many others, but it certainly helped shape my life successes. I saw Art again a few years ago at a Rickwood and reminded him about that advice and what it had done for me. Classic Art, he laughed and just said, "Told you so!". I'll always remember him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

February 1964

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March 7, 1963

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FROM THE FAMILY

December 1962: "Do I look skinny?"

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FROM THE FAMILY

"I'm your guy!! Let's keep it that way. I love you! Art, March 1963

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FROM THE FAMILY

February 1964

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FROM THE FAMILY

March 7, 1963

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FROM THE FAMILY

December 1962: "Do I look skinny?"

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

"I'm your guy!! Let's keep it that way. I love you! Art, March 1963

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY