Gifts from the Estate of Clark Funk distributed to local nonprofits

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Posted 11/30/18

Seven months after Taos resident Clark B. Funk died, Heritage Trust Company of New Mexico has announced that the gifts of his real estate and substantial art collection have all been distributed and …

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Gifts from the Estate of Clark Funk distributed to local nonprofits

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Seven months after Taos resident Clark B. Funk died, Heritage Trust Company of New Mexico has announced that the gifts of his real estate and substantial art collection have all been distributed and that a charitable trust has been established to administer the residue of his estate under the terms of his will.

Funk’s residence and personal property, valued at over $400,000, was bequeathed to the Taos Community Foundation.

For decades Funk owned and operated the popular Don Fernando Curio & Gift Shop in the Taos Plaza. He left a substantial gift of coins, jewelry and Native American art, appraised at $193,900 to the Millicent Rogers Museum.

The Harwood Museum was bequeathed paintings and a cash donation, totaling over $487,000.

According to Alexandra Benjamin, Harwood governing board chair, the Harwood’s permanent collection has been enriched by works from the trust, which include such artists as Larry Bell, Emil Bisttram, Michio Takayama and R.C. Ellis, as well as other highly notable New Mexican artists.

“We look forward to sharing Clark’s meaningful gift with the community,” said Benjamin.

Taos Historic Museums received $100,000 to establish an endowment fund to be used for replastering the Martinez Hacienda.

The Taos Fire Department, Millicent Rogers, DreamTree Project and Stray Hearts each received cash gifts of $10,000.

The residue of Funk’s estate was left in trust to be distributed over the next 20 years to DreamTree Project, Harwood Museum, Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Fire Department, Taos Historic Museums, Taos Land Trust and Stray Hearts. The Montaner Charitable Trust has been established to oversee those distributions and to support those organizations as needed.

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