Governor Orders Wyoming Flag be Flown at Half Staff Tuesday
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has ordered that the Wyoming State Flags be flown on Half Staff Tuesday to honor the late Clark A. Smith, who served in the Wyoming House of Representatives in 1965 and died on November 19.
He was 95 years old.
The news release indicated that this reminder will only occur on Tuesdays from sunrise to sunset in the Capitol Building and Laramie County. All other flags remain with full staff.
Per Smith’s obituary:
Clark Arthur Smith, 95, of Cheyenne, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020 at home with his family by his side.
Clark was born on January 8, 1925 in Pine Bluffs to Ralph H. Smith and Bernice (Beatty) Smith. His grandparents Hubert and Laura Burns Smith (Laura Burns direct descendant of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet who wrote “Auld Lang Syne”) moved his family from Kansas to a homestead and ranch in Pine Bluffs.
Clark’s father, Ralph Smith, a rancher and champion bronc rider, rode in the early Frontier Days and also broke polo horses for FE Warren.
While attending Cheyenne High, Clark was an all-rounder in athletics, playing jazz trombone and forming an aviation club that won many competitions. He was also a Champion Rifle Marksman in the ROTC-7. Region.
In 1943, Clark graduated mid-term at the age of 17. He received an appointment with NACA in Langley Field, VA. NACA was a precursor to today’s NASA in Houston, TX. He worked with aerospace engineers who designed World War II fighter jets (P-51) and the XP63 that were flown in the largest free-flight wind tunnel.
Clark was later selected by Army Air Corp College to train the Flight Officer Program at Beloit College and became a cadet colonel.
As a trained WWII Army Air Corp single-engine pilot, Clark was named a “hot pilot” because he enjoyed flying acrobatics in the Stearman and the A-6.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming and Beloit College, Clark played jazz trombone with the Wayne Morrison Big Band across the state. He courted
Ann Dinneen (1947 Miss Frontier and daughter of William J. Dinneen). They married during Lent with special permission from Bishop Hartman in 1951.
In the same year, Clark was put back into service for the Korean War with Northeast Air Command, which was stationed in St. John’s Newfoundland with his wife Ann and firstborn son Clark Jr.
Clark & Ann moved back to Cheyenne and opened the Clark Smith Real Estate office. He served in Wyoming Legislature and was named FHA director.
Clark and Ann had seven children, Clark Jr., Timothy, Christopher, Paul, Amy, Annie, and William. Clark was later offered the position to develop golf courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico and California including Pebble Beach. While living in California, he also owned a Clark Smith Chevrolet in Martinez, CA. Clark and Ann later became licensed real estate agents, owned and operated a Century 21 real estate office in the Bay Area of California.
When Clark & Ann returned to Cheyenne, they opened some of the first Century 21 and ReMax franchises. They also started the multi-listing business and real estate auctions for BLM oil and gas leases (Bureau of Land Management).
Clark has been involved in various civic organizations in CA & WY: Former President of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Board of Directors & Auctioneers Assoc of Northern CA. In Wyoming: Former Director of the Greater Cheyenne Kiwanis Club, Past President of Cheyenne Auto Dealers Assoc. and appointed state representative to the Board of Governors for Employment of the Handicap.
Clark is survived by children Tim Smith (Sue), Chris Smith (Diane), Paul Smith, Amy Smith Meier (Scott), Annie Smith Jackson (Edward) and William Burns Smith; Grandchildren, Casey, Katie, and Alisa; Step grandchildren, Jack, Maggie, Caroline; Micheal, Patrick, Philip; and great-grandchildren: Eliza, Levi, Elsie, Harrison, and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ann; and his son Clark Jr.
At 95, he was still pulling out his trombone to play on special occasions. His favorite place was the Bunk House to hear the talented musicians and friends who always greeted him and thanked him for his service. His Saturday breakfast at the Country Club with his son Paul, of course. He read a lot, biographies, magazines and history. He enjoyed working with his sons in the Clark Smith & Sons real estate business. Clark was honored to meet the Vice Commander of the 20th Air Force. He would get tears in his eyes when he talked about his family. He loved our country and Wyoming, as he often exclaimed on the song “WYOMING”.
The funeral liturgy takes place on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Father August celebrates. The funeral will be private.
Friends can contribute to the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club, high school jazz bands, VFW and veterans of FE Warren, the Old West Museum, the Cheyenne Symphony, St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity. “