Anthony ”Andy” Rance Clark passed away unexpectedly on January 19, 2019 at 6:00 in the morning.
Andy was preceded in death by his mother Katie Zamora, his father Russell Clark and his first wife Wendy Clark.
Anthony found love in his wife Melissa. He and Melissa went on to raise their three children Olivia, Lydia, and Jonathon.
He also leaves behind his brothers Russell Clark, wife Bridgett, and Edward Clark and his sister Stacey Gafford. Roy and Shirley Gildharry, Edward and Vana Rodriguez, and Meemaw Virginia Guerra.
Andy raised a village, he leaves behind many nieces and nephews that all knew him as their buddy, their funny, and wild Uncle Andy. He loved spending time with all of them and it was always an adventure for them. From the backyard to the beach, everyone knew he was going to bust out the fun.
As a father, he was the ultimate Dad. He was one of the kids. Andy showed the world his whole heart when he took on the responsibility of fatherhood in the most challenging way. He became a father by raising his first daughter a nine year old girl who he immediately adored Olivia. She and Andy were buddies from the first to the last. Andy had to pick up skills he never would have thought a 42 year old man had to learn. First Olivia is deaf therefore he had to learn to communicate with his new child, second the dreaded girl restroom break, (do I go in, do ask a lady to take her?) and then later puberty! Olivia and Andy grew to be what a father and daughter were meant to be. Olivia and her Big Worm sailed the choppy waters of life together.
Andy in his infinite capacity to love then decided he wasn’t done and adopted Lydia and Jonathon. Being an old pro (so he thought) what was two more? He could not resist these two little ones. It didn’t hurt that they adored him too. Andy being a giant kid himself the three of them soon had Nerf wars and bike rides. Dad was the pony of choice and boy did Lydia and Jonathon wear him out.
Anthony loved to fish and you could usually count on him to get you fired up to catch some dinner. Anthony loved to just hit the beach. Camping out under the stars was one of his favorite things in life.
If you were one of his friends you have an “Andyism” or at least a few stories of some crazy antic or accident story. Andy died young, however if had to be fate as he was a walking talking accident.
Anthony Rance Clark lived his life unapologetically and unequivocally his way. He was full of, love, kindness, and laughter. No one will forget his booming laugh nor the story behind it.
Anthony will be missed by everyone he touched. His family, biological and extended, will never forget the wonderful man the Lord granted us.
Goodbye my love until we meet again.