Lester Clark


Lester Clark

Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Death 1 Feb 1998 (aged 81)
Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
Burial Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas, USA
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son of George Jenner and Marie Cecilia Clark

Lester Clark, 81, was prominent in the oil and gas industry and had various holdings in land and cattle as well as other interests. He and his wife, Virginia, have been longtime benefactors of Stephens County organizations. They created the Breckenridge Library and Fine Arts Foundation which made the library and fine arts center a reality.

Lester graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1932 and earned a BA degree in 1935 from Southwester University. He returned to Breckenridge and worked with an an attorney. For a short time, he taught school before getting into oil and gas production.

On 14 March 1941, he married Virginia Dye in Breckenridge. They have three children: daughter - Sara Armstrong of Roswell, NM; sons - G. Eddie Clark of Dallas and David Clark of Breckenridge; grandchildren.

Mr. Clark was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, serving as senior warden of the Church Vestry.

Boy Scouting was one of his first organizing supporting efforts. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a scout master.

Clark served three terms in the Texas Legislature, from 1939-1944, representing Stephens and Palo Pinto counties. While in the Legislature he co-authored bills concerning the oil and gas industry.

In 1949, he founded Ibex Company. He served as president of Graridge Corporation until it sold to American Petrofina. He was chair of the board of Petroleum Corporation of Texas [PETCO] and was board chair of Breck Operating Corp. and of States, Inc. at the time of his death. He was serving as general manager of Petco LImited P.C. Ltd., B.B.L. Ltd and was managing partner of the Ibex partnership.

Mr. Clark served as a director for many banks.

Clark was active in supporting many organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He served as director and president of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and was on the YMCA board for many years. He served on the board of directors of the Swenson Memorial Museum, and director of the Breckenridge Industrial Foundation.

He was a member and vice chair of the Lamar State College of Technology Board of Regents, past vice chair of the Board of Trustees of TCU, and advisory directory of the Small Business Administration.

Clark held posts in the oil and gas industry. He was active in the West Texas Municipal Water District, which built Hubbard Creek Lake.

The Breckenridge American
4 February 1998

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