Wesley and Linda Clark

April 12, 2022


On April 12, 2022 the "McBride Fire" in Ruidoso, NM started very close to the "Clarks" home. Wes and Linda Clark attempted to evacuate and unfortunately the fire moved swiftly. Wes and Linda who mean so much to so many lost their lives. 

Wesley Ray Clark was born on December 15, 1943 to his parents Raymond and LaVenia Clark in Cottle, Texas. He grew up in Tahoka, Tx before moving to Ruidoso, NM.  He was a football standout at Ruidoso High School, a member of a bowling league and a talented electrician. He owned WRC Electric, was a member of the home builders' association and had wired many of the homes in Ruidoso over the years. Wesley was the most kindhearted and loving person to everyone that crossed his path. His sense of humor was uplifting to all. 

Linda Gay Grissom was born June 12, 1946 to her parents James Harold and Audrey Lee Grissom in El Paso, TX. Linda grew up in El Paso and graduated from Austin High School. She then attended International Business School. Linda was also a member of The Order of Rainbow for Girls. She met Wesley in Ruidoso and they fell in love and were married on April 15, 1966. She taught ceramic doll making and created many porcelain dolls for competitions. She was very artistic and enjoyed painting.  Linda was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a pokeno group.  Linda worked in the banking and insurance industry before she retired. Linda never met a stranger as she immediately became their friend. She was full of love, laughter and happiness and will live in our hearts forever. 

Wes and Linda celebrated 56 years of marriage and loved their family and the entire Ruidoso community. They also were members of the Square Dance Club. Wesley could be found calling the square dance at times. They were members of the Car Club and loved refinishing and restoring older vehicles. Loved to travel. They were a staple in the Ruidoso community and will be greatly missed. Wes and Linda have left an everlasting impression on all that have crossed their path. The families, friends and community are heartbroken. May they rest in peace.

Wesley and Linda Clark are survived by their daughter, Jennifer Clark and Jerry Leeper and their son, Scott Clark and Angelia Ensor Clark.  Wesley is also survived by his brother, Kenneth Clark and Tasha Russell, and many extended family members.   Linda is survived by her mother, Audrey Lee Grissom, sister, Kathy Jan Grissom and many extended family members.   In addition to Scott and Jennifer Clark, many other children lived with and were raised by Linda and Wes. They opened their home and shared their love with many.

They are preceded in death by their son, Earl Ray Clark; Wesley's parents, Raymond and LaVenia Clark; Linda's father, James H Grissom and Linda's sister, Glenda Lee Capps.

Pallbearers are Brian Torres, Kalama Davis, Michael Thompson, Andrew Buechter, Joey Jarvis, Chad Reynolds, Helio Guadarrama, Milo Gallegos.

Memorial will be facilitated by Pastor Randy Widener and held on August 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Wingfield Park, 300 Center Street, Ruidoso, NM. Burial will be at the Forest Lawn Cemetery following the memorial.  Scenic Chapel is handling funeral arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the “Wes and Linda Scholarship Fund” 1300 Mobile Lane, Alamogordo NM 88310.

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