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William Leander Clark, III

July 11, 1936 ~ May 25, 2018 (age 81)

William (Bill) Leander Clark III of Houston, died at home on May 25, 2018 at the age of 81.


Bill was born in Langdale, Alabama on July 11, 1936 to William Leander Clark, Jr. and Evelyn Miller Clark.


Bill grew up in Langdale Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.  He graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech in 1959.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 to 1962.  His last assignment was Matagorda Island (SAC).


Bill had a long career in subsea oil and gas drilling and production, including work on a patented tensioner design. At home, Bill was active in the Crestwood Civic Club and served on the Architecture Committee.


Bill’s passion was flying.  He loved the challenge of flying to unusual airports and destinations. He flew a single-engine plane all over North America with his wife as co-pilot and companion.


He also raised several malamutes and Labradors over the years, some from breeders and some from rescue. They adored him as much as he did them. 


Other interests included symphony, theatre, art, and fine food and wine.  He was a consummate story teller and loved to share good tales with people he met.


Bill is survived by his wife and partner of 45 years, Dee Holdren, his sister, Annella Branan and her husband Henry Branan, and their five children.  He is also survived by Dee’s extended family including 2 sisters in law and 8 nieces and nephews and 2 aunts.


A special thanks goes to Meredith McCarty, Jean Holdren, Alan Mundy, and Annella Branan for their loving care and support during Bill’s final days.


Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA and Houston Symphony.


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