Philip “Vic” Clark, 65, of Shelby, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 8, 2018, at OhioHealth Riverside Hospital in Columbus. His sudden passing has sent shock waves throughout his family and the horse world, but one of his friends believed Jesus needed his taxes done. He was born November 9, 1952, in Hebron, Ohio to Phil and Betty (Holtsberry) Clark.
Vic graduated from Lakewood High School, attended Oberlin College, and received his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University. He had a very analytical mind that he utilized in every aspect of his life. He was a CPA and partner at Campbell-Rose and Company and valued the relationship of his partner, Mike, who had also been his friend for 42 years. Vic was a fierce advocate for his clients throughout the world and considered each one a friend. Always ready with a smile, he gave the greatest hugs. He was a member of Ontario United Methodist Church, which benefited from his passion and gusto. In his free time, he enjoyed hitting the golf course.
Vic was the master of horse pedigrees and had a genuine love for good horses. He has served on the OQHA Board of Directors for 36 years and served as its Congress Tri-Chairman from 1991-1996; the association’s President in 1997-98; as Tri-Chairman from 1999-2002, and again in 2007. Vic was inducted into the All American Quarter Horse Congress Hall of Fame in 2014. He was a lifetime member of NSBA, President in 2001, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Vic was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from NSBA in 2015. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and chairman of the membership committee; member of the National Reining Horse Association, Chairman of the Sale Committee. Vic judged reining competitions internationally and was highly respected for his vast knowledge. He participated in numerous auctions and sales over the years. His passion for horses included mentoring others in the aspects of horse husbandry. Vic’s contribution to the Quarter Horse community will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Elizabeth “Libby” (Starcher) Clark; sister, Dania (Jacques) Lempers; niece and nephews, Dr. Angela (Brendan) Campbell, Adam (Debbie) Abeyta, and Justin Starcher; aunt, Diana Ours; cousins, Kevin Ours, Greg Ours and David Gregory, and brother-in-law, Blaine (Denise) Starcher. He is preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio. The funeral service will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Quarter Horse Association or Ontario United Methodist Church. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family.