Alexander 'Sandy' Clark, III, 59, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, May 22, 2005, doing what he loved most, riding his horse and spending time with a cherished friend. Sandy was born on February 5, 1946 in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He worked for his father and grandfather at Clark's Western Store and was president and CEO of the company at the time of his death. Sandy was active in many community events, but was most proud of being a member of the Pikes Peak Range Riders and Tent #24. He was manager of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and served on their Rodeo Foundation Board. He served several terms as a Colorado State Fair Board Commissioner, past president of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Pueblo Planning and Zoning Commission and Pueblo Jaycee's. Sandy was a small man with a big heart who touched many throughout his life. He was known for his quick wit and gift for telling a good joke which would grow longer with each telling. His fortitude and refusal to give up took him far in life and made him a formidable competitor. He was fiercely proud of his Scottish heritage and was a true and loyal friend. He will be sadly missed by us all. Sandy is survived by his friend and companion, Eleanor Adams of the family home: Loving Daughter, Heather Clark of Pueblo; Brother and life long business partner, Bruce Barclay (Rose) Clark of Pueblo; nephews, Barclay Scott Clark and Cassidy Lewis Clark as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae Barclay and Alexander 'Scotty' Clark, Jr.; and baby boy Clark. Those who wish may pay their respects at the funeral home from 9a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Private interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery. Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2005, at the Pueblo Convention Center Ballroom, 320 Central Main, with Dr. Brad Munroe officiating. Those who desire may make a memorial to an organization of the donor's choice, C/O Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado 81003. Online condolences may be made at

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  1. He was a great guy with a larger than life appatite for life and a positive element in my past.

    Signed, Ray Perkins

  2. How odd it is that even now, a few months later, recalling Sandy through the recollections of his friends and family, I can feel him come alive again. I see the wrinkles at the corners of his eyes, with a smile about to burst out once he was done telling the joke (especially if you were slow to get his point), and the ever present peace and constancy of his spirit.

    You were a love while here on this earth you Scotsman you. And a little bit of an imp. There must be a name for a Scottish elf. That’s what you were, a Scottish elf.

  3. Eleanor, Heather, Barclay and Rose:
    I am devastated. I had no idea Sandy had passed away. No one called, and I don’t always keep track of the Chieftain. Had it not been for visiting this condolence site because of the passing of another old friend, Budge Threlkeld, I would not have seen the listing for Sandy.

    There is not much I can say, but that I am so sad and shocked.

    There is much I will remember about Sandy, most of it funny. No one loved a joke – or more precisely a practical joke – better than he did.

    Years ago, when we were both in the rodeo club at SCSC, I can still see him tying a fifty-gallon barrel to some of the trees in front of the Vo-Tech building on the Orman Ave. campus, to use as a bucking barrel. Don’t remember that it worked all that well, but Sandy was bound and determined to make it work anyway. That is the way he was.

    I will miss him.


  4. Hi Elli,
    Al sent us an email about the passing of your partner “Sandy”. We wanted you to know we are thinking about you. He was obviously a wonderful person and passed away much too young.
    Linda and I have retired to Napa and are living at Silverado. We would love to see you if your travels bring you out to No. California.
    All our best,
    Don and Linda

  5. Dear Barclay and the Clark family,
    Having been out of town, I only just found out about Sandy’s passing. Although I haven’t seen Sandy in years, I will always remember his delightful personality and great sense of humor. Just a GOOD man. My sympathies to you at this difficult time. God bless and take care, Sandy Hunter

  6. Dear Sandy’s Family, Although I haven’t seen Sandy since out last high school reunion, I can still see his smiling face and hear his quick wit. We all had great times together in junior high and high school. I know all of you will miss him dearly, but all of his classmates will also miss him greatly. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Lovingly, Ann McIlroy Thompson

  7. Dear Sandy Clark Family:

    Please know how sorry I am for your loss. Sandy was a friend from high school. We spent many good times together. I will be praying for you.

  8. Dear Clark Family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. It has been awhile since I have seen Sandy, but looking back over the years, he really was a great and fun person.
    Like all I have a crazy story..when our children were young..we saw eachother at the Zoo..well while our kids played, Sandy and I sat at lion cage(seemed for hours) and waited for them to …well let say “show there love for eachother” never happened, but everytime we saw eachother we were still laughing that our lives were so boring that day…that this was the highlight.
    Take Care..Patty

  9. Heather, Barclay and Family: We just want to let you know we are thinking of you at this time. Sandy was a great guy and will always be special in our memories. He will be missed so much by all. Jack, Velma, Janatta, Kellie Dilka and families.

  10. I am so sorry for your loss of Sandy. I’m glad he passed doing what he loved though… and it sounds to me that he had some type of appointment that he just couldn’t miss with the folks upstairs. I’ll always remember his regular Saturday ritual with my dad Donnie Gray at Coors Tavern and his most often SOB order. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Peace and Love,
    Amy Gray, Mark Dilka,
    and Indigo Gray Dilka

  11. You are three years old and I am two. You are standing on the kitchen counter telling your Mother in no-uncertain-terms how things will be done. I’m amazed.

    Oddly, I see you often throughout the years and you continue to amaze me.

    Last week at the service for my Dad you are there amazing me again.

    I’ve loved you my whole life and can’t wait to be amazed when we are together again.

    What a lucky family we have been to have had you in our lives.

    Love, your cousin,

  12. We are so sorry at Sandy’s passing. Cheryl went to grade school with him, I have known him for many years. I remember Sandy as a sports caster at KCSJ and the fun we had. His tireless work at the state fair and his smiling face that always greeted everyone. He will be missed for his kindness, committment to our community, and the person he was.

  13. We will truely miss Sandy. He has been a big part of our rodeo life for over thirty years. He was well respected and he loved to tease! Our hearts go out to Heather and Barclay and all of the family.
    All our love and prayers.
    The Feister ranch.
    Dennis, dottie, Lindy and RJ

  14. Barclay, Heather and Eleanor,
    We were deeply saddened by Sandy’s untimely death. Last we saw him was at Mark’s wedding and he had us in stitches as usual. He was a good friend and teaches us all the lesson that we need to see our friends more often. He will be missed in this city.

    Nick and Judy

  15. My Dear Uncle Sandy,

    I will miss you tremendously! There are so many fond memories and I keep finding my tears start to dry when I smile with each memory … although it wasn’t very funny when I was a kid, I always find people laughing now at my horrific fear of cows – and you’d be the one to thank for that! Because of you, I was able to go off to college knowing words to The Beatles. You showed me how to raise a wonderfully witty, intelligent, grounded, free-spirited, loyal, and loving daughter and I thank you for that as a mother and that woman’s cousin and friend. You taught me how to laugh at myself, take a joke, tell really long stories, be a loyal friend, and most of all how to have fun in life. Please rest in peace knowing that my family and I will always be here for Heather and Eleanor – they are both very much loved. We’ll miss you. Say “Hi” to grandma for me! I love you.

    Your loving niece,

  16. Sandy was one of my oldest and dearest friends. Unfortunatley, I have not seen Sandy in four or five years. I was hoping to see him this August during a family reunion. Sandy and I shared alot gowing up to gether including causing our parents many trying times. I will miss him.

  17. Here I am in England, thinking of the times with Sandy when he would make me laugh and aggrevate me all on the same night. I’ve shed a few tears. I’ve tried to remember the long, funny story of Pancho in Mexico. The joke got longer each time I heard it. I can’t be there with you Eleanor and Heather, but I will think of you and wish I was there. Hope you could find a bagpipe player, as Sandy would have loved that. lots of Love, Katie

  18. Dear Barclay, Heather, Eleanor and the rest of the family:

    I had the pleasure of spending time with Sandy because of his involvement with the Miss Rodeo Colorado Pageant. As you know Clark’s Western Wear was a huge supporter of the pageant and the Miss Rodeo Colorados. I appreciated his humor and generosity during my reigning year as MRC.

    I later got to work with Sandy when I was serving at the State Fair as a rodeo publicist. Sandy was helpful and supportive–he also kept me in stitches with his stories. He’d have an audience back behind the chutes while he was telling jokes.

    My husband, Bryan, roped with Sandy at the local ropings. I can still see Sandy on top of that black stud he had.

    I have only fond memories of Sandy. He was a kind, generous man who could make anyone laugh.

    I am so saddened by his passing. But please find comfort in knowing that his kindness, intelligence and sense of humor enriched many people’s lives.

    With deepest and hearfelt Sympathy,

    Bryan and Sudzy (Ruzanski) Benesch



  20. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

    Ours lives will always be enriched by the association with Sandy.

    We have lost a great friend and a great supporter for Pueblo.

    The darkness of the day will turn to the light of morning with time. Our memories will continue forever with the fun, smiles and friendship that were shared.

    God Bless all of you.

    James (Jim) Kramer

  21. The entire Pueblo community has lost an outstanding citizen, friend, advocate and constuctive critic – His wise advice and tenacious support will be missed

  22. This is a terrific loss not only to his family and friends, but to the entire community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Barclay, I just wanted to share my condolences on your loss. Even though I left Pueblo in 1977, I could always depend on Sandy to take the time to chat and fill me in on local lore and jokes when I visited. He was a true leader in a great community.

  24. Eleanor Heather and Barclay and family I am so sorry for the loss of your spouse, dad, and brother. But to me he was my cousin and I will always remember him as being a great big teddybear. I will pray for you all God Bless each and every one of you. Only the good die young.

  25. Barclay, and family. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your brother, Sandy. He was a great man and a great community leader. He will be missed by all.
    Sam & Shirley Sharp

  26. Heather and family,know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to you in the loss you are feeling now. Sandy was a great Puebloan and contributed immensely to make our city what it is today.

  27. Heather, Ray and I are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I remember so many years ago when you were a toddler and I would come over to babysit, he was so proud of you. He always had something nice to say to go along with his warm smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Barclay, and family. I was saddened by the news of the loss of your brother. I immediately went back to Camp Crockett where I remember how good Sandy was with horses. His sharing at my cousin Bill’s funeral will never be forgotten. Pueblo has lost a true friend. Rev. Dr. Mark William Pumphreh

  29. Dear Sandy Clark Family:

    Please know how sorry I am for your loss. Words seem inadequate to help ease your pain at this time. I will be praying for you. May God bless and keep you.
    Kerry Cook

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