On April 26, 2019, Robert (Rob) Gordon Clarke of Evergreen, CO joined his Lord after a two-year battle with cancer. Rob, 66, a proud Australian, was born in the city of Cairns, North Queensland, to Gordon and Betty (Jennings) Clarke. His meeting Mary (Stephan) Clarke during her time teaching in Australia brought him to the United States where they married in 1980. Rob felt ready for the northern hemisphere weather, prepared with a light jacket from his father, only to land in Minnesota in the depths of winter. Rob’s teaching and technical background led to a career selling educational technology and curriculum. Rob’s passion for his career was abundantly evident whenever he spoke. He was always excited about the robotics conventions and competitions he supported and chaired. Rob looked forward to motorcycle rides through the mountains, open-mic nights where he played his box drum, and any opportunity to crank the volume on a good song. Rob was proud of his children, Tracy Clarke, Anthony (Rebecca) Clarke, and, Brittney Clarke, and his grandchildren, Sage, Rowan, Poppy, Taye, Adelaide, Isaac, and Isla. Rob’s family in Australia includes his siblings, Wendy (Ray) Goldfinch, and Bruce Clarke, his niece and nephew, along with extended family and friends. Rob will be remembered for his endless patience and genuine appreciation for the life he led.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Evans Hospice or the American Cancer Society: