In Memoriam: Rising Senior Zachary Clark, BA '16

In Memoriam: Rising Senior, Generous Friend Zachary Clark, BA '16

 

This obituary was written by editor-in-chief of the student-run The University News Emma Polefko. It originally appeared on The University News' Facebook page.

Rising-senior Zachary Clark, 21 years old, died on Friday as a result of a car accident. Clark, who lived in the Dallas area, was on his way back to Minnesota, where he was working as a Totus Tuus Ministry missionary.

Driving through Kansas, Clarks Mustang hydroplaned and ran off the road into a flooded ditch, reported The Wichita Eagle a local Kansas paper. Heavy rainstorms hit the area that day, and a flash flood warning was in effect. According to an eyewitness quote from The Wichita Eagle, Clark tried to escape the vehicle and flooding. His body was found near his car. The Kansas Turnpike Authority identified Clark, and Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the accident further.

Clark was a well-known student at the University of Dallas where he studied Human Sciences in the Contemporary World. He was known on campus for his bright blue Mustang, his love of Starbucks, and his late night trips to iHop. Active in student government, Rotaract and campus ministry, Clark was passionate about all that he did. Writing was one of his many gifts. He enjoyed journalism and contributed many articles to The University News. He spent summer 2014 interning with Fox News in New York City. This summer, he was working with Totus Tuus (Latin for totally thine). The ministry is devoted to evangelization, and he was spending his summer in Minnesota as a college counselor in youth ministry. Clark hoped to one day become a therapist or counselor for struggling young adults.

To those who knew him best, Clarks legacy will be one of constant generosity. A busy man, he made sure the people around him were happy and encouraged them to slow down and enjoy life for just a moment. He was a listener and a thinker. All that he did, he did with joy. He would take friends to iHop at all hours of the night, bring his Rome semester travel companions to hotels rather than hostels, enjoy a concert or play with anyone who could go, and offer Starbucks to a friend, saying its on me. Whether in the Cap Bar, in class or on the Mall, he could almost always be seen with a smile on his face. His enthusiasm for life was remarkable.

Funeral and Viewing Information

The Clark family has invited all members of the UD community to a viewing on Thursday, July 16, at the Lucas Funeral Home (137 E. Hall St. Keller, Texas, 76248) from 6-8 p.m. and his funeral on Friday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (2016 Willis Ln, Keller, Texas, 76248).

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