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Mid-America Council Scouters perish in plane crash

Mid-America Council families and friends extend our deepest sympathies to the families of W. Patrick Clarke, 67 and his son Dr. Scott H. Clark, 41. Father and son did not survive a tragic plane crash in a mountainous region near Fresno, California on November 10, 2012.

Dr. Scott Clarke was piloting his twin-engine Cessna 421, a plane he had chosen for its safety features. His flight plan included dropping off his father, Patrick in Omaha Nebraska before heading home for Springfield, Missouri. The two were returning from a father and son getaway in California where they had been racing cars. Their plane went down less than an hour into the flight home.

Patrick Clarke was a financial planner who founded a major investment firm, CLS Investments in Omaha. According to the firm's website the company manages more than $7 billion. Patrick was a leader in Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council at the district level in Soaring Eagle District, and unit level with Troop 808, Pack 808, Troop 484 and Team 484. He served as a Mid-America Council Board member since 2001 on the Investment Committee, and was a Heritage Patron. In 2010, Patrick and North Star Financial sponsored the Mid-America Council Jubilee. He received the District Award of Merit in 2002. Patrick is survived by his wife, Lana, four children and many grandchildren.

Dr. Scott Clarke, born and raised in Omaha, graduated Millard South High School in 1989. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1986. Dr. Clarke was a renowned physician for Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America and held additional leadership positions in his local congregation. Scott is survived by his wife, Veronica and four children.

According to the obituary published in the Omaha World-Herald, the family will receive friends Friday, November 16 from 6-8 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14680 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska. Joint funeral services for Patrick and Scott will be held at the same location on Saturday, November 17 at 10 am, with private interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska. To help continue Patrick and Scott's charitable legacy, in lieu of flowers, donations to The Scott Clarke scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated. Read complete obituaries at www.omaha.com.

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