Clark J. Matthews, II, of Kaufman, Texas, 85, died peacefully in hospice as the sun was setting Saturday, May 14, 2022 after complications from a long COPD illness. A resilient and positive man, most would have never known just talking to him on the phone how his health had declined in recent months.
Clark was born October 1, 1936 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Clark and Betty Matthews. His family moved several times before settling in Midland, Texas, where he became the high school drum major and his family was active in the United Methodist Church.
He went on to SMU, where he joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He received a BA in 1959 and only three years later the Juris Doctor degree from the SMU Dedman School of Law. He began his career as a trial lawyer with the SEC and was a law clerk for Judge Joe Estes before joining 7-Eleven/The Southland Corporation as an attorney in the Legal Department in 1965.
Throughout his long and fulfilling career with Southland, he was promoted to VP/General Counsel in 1973 and then EVP/CFO in 1979. He was named President and CEO in 1991 until retiring in April, 2000 after 35 years with the company. He served on the Board of Directors from 1981 – 1987 and again from 1991-2001. He made huge contributions to the growth of the company and along the way had a great impact on the lives of many.
He was honored several times with awards for promoting equal opportunity for all people.
After retiring, and because his wife Janice was no longer alive to travel the world as they had planned, Clark bought a farm in Kaufman and built a home and new life there. This was a return to his roots of the land and animals he loved, a simpler way of life.
He especially loved good food (and cooking it!), good music (he had many musician friends), his dog Buddy, and his family. He unselfishly gave everything his all and had a “larger than life” persona. Clark was always generous with his good fortune, supporting many in times of need and to help them achieve their dreams.
Clark is preceded in death by his lifelong love and wife Janice Hill Matthews, parents Clark and Betty Matthews, and sister Kay Shoemaker. His legacy lives on in his three girls Trish Matthews, Pam Koenig and husband Hank, Christy Stammen and husband Thad. The next generation are his six grandchildren Jennifer Moore and husband Chris, Trevor Williamson, Megan Williamson and fiancé Brandon Wall, Matt Koenig and wife Sam, Sierra Stammen, and Dayton Stammen. He was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Everleigh Williamson and Camden Clark Koenig.
It was Clark’s desire to be cremated and placed with his wife at Restland, which will take place at a graveside service for immediate family only. There will be a casual gathering of friends and family on Thursday, May 26th at Northwood Country Club in Dallas from 11am - 2pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate Clark by sharing the many stories of his life and impact, which will continue for a long time to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Clark’s name and honor to one of his favorite charities: Shriner’s Hospital; Boystown; Habitat for Humanity; VNA.
Friends and family will gathered on May 26 at Northwood Country Club in Dallas.