Michael Tibbs Clarke

March 26, 1955 ~ July 31, 2010

Michael Tibbs Clarke, 55, of Lake Charles died at 5:15 PM Saturday, July 31, 2010 in a Basile care facility.

Mr. Clarke was born in Sulphur, Louisiana to June and William "Billy" Clarke. He lived in Lake Charles for most of his life. Mr. Clarke was a 1973 graduate of Barbe High School. He worked as a self employed contractor for many years. Mr. Clarke was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. His hobbies included sailing and master carpentry.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne Moran Clarke of Lafayette, LA, three daughters Megan Clarke of Lake Charles, Meril Clarke of Lafayette, LA, and Melissa Bradshaw of Austin, TX, step daughter Michel Hirsch of Lake Charles, step son Matthew Heasley of Nashville, TN, his mother June Clarke of Lake Charles, one brother Curtis Clarke of Austin, TX, three sisters Melony Cimprich of Pearland, TX, Susan Ross of Belgium, and Laura Gutierrez of Friendswood, TX, six grandchildren Nadie, Brandon, and Skeet Hirsch, Harley and Lexi Bradshaw, and Scott Thibodeaux.

Mr. Clarke is preceded in death by his father William T. "Billy" Clarke.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 3:00 PM from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Irma Robin will officiate. Visitation will begin on Monday at 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and will continue on Tuesday at 8:00 AM until the time of services.

Memorial donations may be made to the Basile Care facility or to the Louisiana Lion's Camp in Leesville, LA.

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  1. Dear Family,I am so sorry for your loss. Mike and I went to junior high and high school together. We were great friends. Through our school years, Mike and I took several pictures together. The last I believe was Mr. and Miss Junior, Barbe High School, 1972. I loved him so much, and was just thinking about him the other day. I am deeply saddened that he is gone, and I wish we had stayed in touch over the years. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to all of the family. Kay Robinson Brown, Barbe High Class of 1973.

  2. Dearest Clarke Family – what fun memories I have of Mike – especially at the yearly Christmas parties. He always could find such sweet words to offer others – I so loved that about him. What a kind, gentle heart. He will be missed. My love and prayers to you all, Lana Lake

  3. I am grateful that I was able to meet my father and spen dsome time with him before he left this earth. I love you dearly Michael, as so my daughters. I could not have asked for greater sisters and step-mom. I wish I was there with you guys. Love you always!Melissa

  4. May God wrap his arms around the family and friends of Mike and may he give you comfort in your time of grief. I will always remember that BIG smile..the angels have a new friend, Michael Tibbs Clarke..

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