When Veronica Clarke learned her husband of 20 years had been killed in a plane crash, these were her first thoughts:
"This was supposed to happen. We chose this. You have to be strong. This will heal many hearts. Now go tell the kids."
It was Nov. 10, 2012.
She was a 38-year-old mother of four, and her kids ranged in age from 10 to 17...
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Family of plane crash victim Dr. Scott Clarke reflects on his legacy
Scott and Veronica Clarke had been married 20 years.
November 12, 2012|by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A family is grieving the loss of their father and grandfather. The Mercy Springfield medical community is also mourning Dr. Scott Clarke, a physician here for the last eight years.
Clarke, 41, was well-known and well-respected in this area. He was a pain management doctor and those who know him best say he had a huge heart for all his patients.
Clarke was piloting a plane that crashed on Saturday evening near Fresno, Calif. His father also died in the crash.
Those who knew Clarke best will remember him for his deep faith and giving heart.
Tears flowed and joy radiated as Clarke's wife and three of his four children reflected on their memories on Monday.
"He was the best husband and father that you could ever hope for," said Veronica Clarke, Scott Clarke’s wife.
Veronica and Scott were high school sweethearts. This year marked their 20th year of marriage. She says Scott had a passion for family, faith, and medicine.
It made it where he was able to talk and be with his family until the end -- and dad was over there every night,” said Alex Clarke, Scott’s teenage son.
Clarke was on a father-son outing with his dad, who lived in Omaha. The two had been in Laguna Beach, Calif., for a fun weekend together. They were on their way back to Omaha when their Cessna 421 plane went down in a mountainous area outside Fresno.
Deputies from the sheriff's department there say several people called at dusk to say the plane was flying low before it crashed into the ground at a high speed. It took nearly 30 minutes to locate the wreckage.
"We normally flew every weekend, just about every weekend somewhere, so he flew quite a bit. He did it so he could stay current and stay a safe pilot."
His children will remember their dad as their hero.
"Kids in elementary school always say that about their dad but that stops at a certain age, but it didn't for me. I always told people my dad is the greatest person I know and it is true,” said Alex.
Clarke left behind four children, ages 17, 15, 13, 10.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what caused the crash. Veronica Clarke says her husband had just picked up the plane from a maintenance facility in Wichita.
Services for Clarke are Thursday at 6:30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Ingram Mill Road at Bennett Street. The public invited to attend.
The family hopes to hear from those touched by Clarke’s work. The family requests any story or memory of him to be sent by email.
Family remembers doctor from Springfield killed in plane crash as loving husband, father
Dr. Scott Clarke and his father died on Saturday night in a crash near Fresno, Calif.
November 12, 2012|By Melody Pettit, KSPR News | email@example.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The NTSB reports the skies were clear at the time of the crash and Dr. Scott Clarke's family says he was a safe, conscientious and experienced pilot. They say it was not pilot error and want people to remember what Scott stood for.
“Dad [Scott] was always asking Alex to learn songs from the radio because he loved his voice,” said Scott’s wife, Veronica.
This was a song he wanted me to learn,” said 17-year old Alex as he began to play the guitar.
It’s a voice the Clarke family says Scott will hear again. They are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and believe families are forever.
“We know we can be with him again. He’s busy on the other side doing great things,” said Veronica.
Just like the great things he did while he was alive. Scott was a physician at Mercy Hospital. His wife says he bought the plane to make house calls in and around the Ozarks, helping dozen's of patients too sick and too poor to travel.
“Everything he did was to help someone. He was never selfish about anything,” said Alex.
To his wife, Scott was a dedicated husband. To 10-year-old Rachel, 13-year-old Eric, 16-year-old Cooper, and Alex, he was their hero.
“We feel we got all the love condensed into the years we had him, that's why he had so much love. He had to give it all in such a short amount of time,” said Veronica.
Many people have shared stories about Scott on KSPR’s Facebook page. Memories by people in the Ozarks who knew him.
The Clarke family wants those memories. They encourage everyone to email them to a special address, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Clarke family is holding a memorial on Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 1357 South Ingram Mill Road. The public is invited to attend.
A family greeting of friends will be held at 6pm followed by a memorial service at 6:30pm.
The family will bury Scott and his father in Omaha, Nebraska later this week.
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