Robert “Bob” L. Clark, age 82 of Joplin, MO., passed away early Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Freeman Hospital following a sudden illness.
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Bob was born on July 3, 1938 in Ogden, Utah, the son of Francis and Nellie (Tracy) Clark. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Marsha Oakes on May 28, 1981 in Ogden, UT., she survives. Bob and Marsha moved to Joplin in the fall of 1984 where he taught Broadcasting and Communication at MSSU. He was instrumental in starting KGCS Television and KXMS Radio at Southern. He retired from MSSU in 2008. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a church mission to Denmark.
Additional survivors include a daughter; Emily Roth and husband Blake of Oronogo, MO., four sons; Michael Clark and wife Sarah of Beavercreek, OH., David Clark and wife Karem of McKinney, TX., James Clark of Cottonwood Heights, UT., and Matthew Clark and wife Cali of Joplin, and ten grandchildren; Camille, Hadleigh, Lauren, Adalyn, Lainey, William, Ella, Noah, Daniel and Caroline.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a sister; Darlene Penrod, and two brothers; Darrell Clark and Joe Clark.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.