David Alan Clarke

June 26, 1955 ‒ February 24, 2020

Marion, Ohio

David Alan Clarke, age 64 of Marion, passed away suddenly on Monday, February 24, 2020 at Marion General Hospital.

David was born on June 26, 1955 to Robert and Lorrie (Lynch) Clarke in Cincinnati Ohio. He graduated from Moeller High School and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Finance at The Ohio State University.

David loved to golf and did so whenever he had the chance. He enjoyed the beach, frequenting Myrtle Beach with his family, though he always mentioned that he would have loved to go back to Ubatuba Beach in Brazil. David was an avid griller and would grill rain or shine, no matter what the weather. Through his career, he got to travel and see the world and loved to do so. Though his children were the light of his life and loved them so much, his dog, Lady, was very important to him and he loved her dearly.

David is survived by his children: Chris (Tiffany) Clarke, Elizabeth (Edward) Eckard and Kimberly Clarke; siblings: Mark, Thomas, and Paul (Jackie) Clarke, Joyce (Joe) Emberton, and Diane (Dave) Schlosser, grandchildren Noah Eckard, Adah Clarke, Zoe Clarke, Tessa Clarke, and soon-to-be Symona Clarke. His beloved dog Lady will also miss him dearly.

David is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Lorrie Clarke and infant grandson Gregory Clarke.

His family will greet friends from 4PM to 7PM on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 374 W. Center St. Marion; Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 N Main St. Marion at 10AM. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 11000 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati 45249 on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM, friends may gather at the front gate between 11:30-11:50AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, or St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Rd, Cincinnati, 45215

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve David’s family. You may express your condolences by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.


  • I worked for with Dave for many years at Eaton. He was great to work for and be around. I always called him David Apple because he never told me his middle name. I was fortunate to cross paths with him in December and we were able to catch up. He filled me in on the kids and told me about his grandchildren. He also spoke lovingly about Lady. He told me he didn’t know if he rescued her or she rescued him. I hope someone in the family can give her a forever home.

    RIP Dave. You were one of the good guys.

  • Saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Not only were our families connected from St. John’s Church and Elementary School in Deer Park, but my memories go back car-pooling together my Freshman year at Moeller High School. Prayers and Deepest Sympathies to all family members.

    Paul Keels

  • Dave and i worked at Eaton he was a very understanding man. You(family) are in my prayers. Sandy French

  • So sorry to hear of Dave passing. I worked with Dave for Eaton Corp for several years.He in Marion And I in South Bend In. Dave was a great person as well as a wonderful co-worker.Had many good times with Dave,Rest in piece my dear dear Friend!

    Thomas Gothard.

  • David was my kong time friend as we went to grade school and high school together. Condolences to his family and I will pray for David and his family. He was a great Christian and will be missed.

  • Dave was a great neighbor and a great person. He would always wave with a smile while walking Lady around the neighborhood. Never one to miss a chance at catching up with how our family was doing and how the kids were, I will certainly miss our conversations. Dave’s family is in our prayers.

  • Tommy and Kevin and the rest of the Clarke family, you have my deepest sympathies on your loss. My heart goes out to you all, even though I don’t know you. I know this feeling of pain and heartache. Please know that I am here for you should you need to lean at this sad time. May David rest in the arms of the Angels.


  • Our condolences to the Family of David Clarke, We are sorry to hear of David’s passing. We will miss his smiling face and friendship especially at St. Mary Church and The Diner. We are sorry we cannot attend the Visitation or Mass. David and You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Frank & Carol Markey

  • One of the best guys I’ve ever known. Rest in peace my friend. You was a blessing to many many people. Til we meet again your friend Zachary marsh

  • It is with a very sad heart that I say goodbye to you Dave. We grew up 15 houses apart and you were one of the truest friends I ever had growing up. When one of us left the other’s house we would say, ‘Godspeed’. So now I say to you my dear friend, as you begin your journey home, ‘Godspeed’, until we meet again.

  • I was just made aware of Dave’s sudden passing, needless to say I was stunned. Dave and I worked together at Dana, he was an absolute delight to work with, we teamed up together on several major projects, Dave was by far one of the smartest people I have ever been associate with.

    He also got me in trouble at times, He would make a cynical comment in a meeting being attended by a group of 20 people or more and I would almost fall over laughing. All the while he was just standing there as calm and stoic as could be, and this happened frequently. I would say after the meeting dammit Clarke you did it to me again, then give me that patented rye smile.

    I loved that man, he was the best, a great friend and workmate, my go to guy for his words of wisdom, a keen mind with a warm heart.

    I am missing him, he truly was one of a kind.

    My most sincere sympathy to his family

    From his Dana Pal

    Terry Harris,