- Category: Obituaries
- Published on 06 June 2012
- Written by Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
- Hits: 1956
Funeral services for Jack Clinton, age 74 of Dallas, were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Mount Vernon City Cemetery with Johnny Moffett officiating.
Jack Ray Clinton was born to Joe Clyde & Maude Clinton on January 10, 1938 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. The first person outside the family to hold him was his future mother-in-law Bernice Meek Allen. He & his sister Ann Clinton Ardis were raised in Mt. Vernon. Jack excelled in high school, not only in academics but in sports. He was so responsible; he had keys to both the school & the driver’s education car while still a student. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1956 & went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin. During this time he was also a Sergeant in the Texas National Guard & married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Meek. He graduated with a degree in chemical Engineering in 1962.
After graduation he went to work for Diamond Shamrock Corp. in Deer Park, Texas as a Process Engineer. In 1969, Jack then moved to Diamond’s Delaware City, Delaware plant as Assistant Plant manager & in 1971 to Diamond’s Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. He was then promoted to Division Marketing manager in 1980 & Vice-President of the International Division in 1982. When Diamond Shamrock was purchased by Occidental Chemical (OxyChem) in 1986 Jack was given the responsibility to run the world wide Chlor/Alkali business for OxyChem. He became well known around the world as the premier business expert for the chlorine-caustic industry during the 1980’s. Jack retired from OxyChem in 1993 to found an active consulting business, working with major US & international companies in economic & technical projects related to chlorine-caustic soda creating the Chlor-Alkali Market Report, the definitive world-wide strategy analysis for the industry. Jack also served on the Board of Directors of Cooper Natural Resources and Worldwide Voice in the Wilderness, a prison ministry.
Jack & his wife of 53 years, Arlene Meek Clinton, live in Dallas where they have been enjoying retirement, their extended family & an occasional road trip. Jack & Arlene have two children-Elizabeth (Betsy) Clinton Essex, married to Paul Essex, and David Michael Clinton, married to Heather Krebs Clinton and two grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth and Jackson Thomas Clinton. His extended family include his sister, Ann Clinton Ardis, brother-in-law, Joe Ardis, mother-in-law, Bernice Meek Allen and adopted family friend Rebekah Cunningham.
Jack was an avid outdoorsman. His hobbies included road trips, hunting, and fishing.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in memory of Jack Clinton to:
*Worldwide Voice in the Wilderness, P.O. Box 74023, Dallas, TX 75374 (www.wviw.com)
*Don Meredith Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 930, Mt. Vernon, TX