Clarke funeral set for Thursday

September 23, 2003

P. Joseph "Joe" Clarke, 70, of Berwick Drive, died Sunday at his home.

Born March 12, 1933, in Danville, he was the son of the late P. Joseph and Marie Clarke. He was a 1951 graduate of Danville High School, a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame University where he played freshman football and established wrestling as a club sport, and spent summers working for the forest service in the Pacific Northwest.

He was a 1960 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the law review and worked in the U.S. Patent Office.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts and was active for many years as a sauce cook for the annual Boy Scout spaghetti dinner. He was a co-founder of the Boyle County Rescue Squad, a Little League football coach, and a political activist beginning in the 1960's.


After college, Clarke returned to Danville to practice law and in 1970 was elected state representative of the 54th District in the Kentucky General Assembly, where he held office for 28 years. He was chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee for 20 years and served as Speaker of the House in 1993 and 1994. He was given the Kentucky Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer Award.

Clarke served on the boards of the Boyle County Industrial Foundation and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was a member of the Anaconda Club, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include four sons, Philip J. "Sam" Clarke III of Morehead City, N.C., John D. Clarke of Nashville, Tenn., Geoffrey N. Clarke of Danville and David R. Clarke of Fairfax, Va.; two sisters, Margaret Knott of Owensboro and Mary F. Toro of Utuado, Puerto Rico; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church by the Rev. Linh Nguyen. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home.

Memorials may go to the Millennium Park project.|9/22/03***

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