Clark Funk, 1930-2018


Clark Funk
January 1st, 1930 - March 26th, 2018

Clark B. Funk, 87, of Taos passed away on March 26, 2018. He was born in Olney, Illinois. He moved to Las Vegas, NM in 1931 where father, Lozier R. Funk was the business manager of what was then called Normal University, now called Highlands University. In 1939 the family moved to Taos where he remained until completion of the tenth grade. The next four years, two of high school and two of junior college were spent at NM Military Institute where he attained the rank of Cadet Captain. He attended the last two years of college at the University of New Mexico, earning a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Upon completion of college he spent two years in the Armed Service as a 1st Lt. in the 2nd Armored Division. In 1953 he entered into a partnership with his father in a chain of 5 and 10"s in northern New Mexico. He later became the owner of the Don Fernando Curio & Gift Shop and operated the same until its sale in 1987. Clark helped establish the Fall Festival of Arts held each year in September, and started the show called "Taos Invites Taos." He was on this committee for 17 years. He was President of the Taos Art Association for five years during the building of the community auditorium. He was selected Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. He was past President of the Taos Lions Club, Taos Volunteer Fire Department and the New Mexico State Firemans' Association. He was actively involved in Taos Ski Valley, Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver Award), and the First Aid Division of the American Red Cross. Clark enjoyed hunting, fishing and skiing. He retired in 1987, having traveled in China, Russia and Alaska.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 at 11 am at the Ranchos Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at a place to be announced.