Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

Today is

Allen Stewart Clark

Allen Stewart Clark, 64, of Champaign died on May 24, 2014, at Champaign-Urbana Regional Rehab Center, Savoy.

He was born Aug. 4, 1949, at Champaign, the son of Earl and Ann Clark. His candlemother survives, along with his brothers Rodney (Cindy) Clark of Champaign and Gale (Marta) Clark of Thomasboro, and his companion of recent years, Barbara Horne.

After high school (Champaign Central), Allen enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving until June 1969.

He had worked for REO Speedwagon and other local bands in the 1960s. In the early 1970s, he was a manager of the jazz band Chase on its world tour and for concerts across the U.S., from Carnegie Hall to the Cow Palace. He spoke of working with rock bands for Irving Azoff, out of Los Angeles. He later worked in Las Vegas in show production for casino headliners.

He was a member of IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees). He relished Old Tucson, and spoke of working there on set construction for western films.

Allen worked for over 30 years as a carpenter-contractor, in Champaign and environs, and in the Shawnee Forest area.

He grew up fishing and hunting with his father, uncles, cousins and others, in a time when the natural environment was abundant.

He had a deep understanding of wildlife and all animals. His beloved Brittany dogs, father and son, were coveted by others, and it was a dark day when Brit, sire of many, died of old age.

Allen, wanting to be present, planned and hosted his own celebration of life, with family, in late 2013. It was an evening of tales and laughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Three Wet Dogs Inc., a charity to provide a safe haven for dogs with special needs (mail to Debra Inman, 1948 CR 400 N, Longview, IL 61852), or an organization of the donor's choice.

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