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Long-time industry executive Tim Clark, who most recently served as vice president of insurance services for Fix Auto USA, succumbed to brain cancer on Jan. 19 in his Columbus, Ohio, home with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Krista, at his side.
Clark began his career as a field claims adjuster for Safeco Insurance, where he spent more than 20 years working his way through various roles culminating as a vice president in the claims organization in the Seattle headquarters office where he led, among other things, the integration of the Safeco and American States claims organizations. Following his distinguished tenure at Safeco, Clark went on to assume executive roles with Safelite Auto Glass, Performance Claims and most recently Fix Auto USA, where he served as vice president of insurance services. He was active in the industry, serving on numerous boards including the I-CAR Executive Board during its formative years.
“We are saddened beyond words by Tim’s passing,” said Paul Gange, president and COO of Fix Auto USA. “We certainly understood the terminal nature of Tim’s disease, but he inspired us daily with his upbeat nature and the strength in his faith despite doctors’ prognosis. His passing, while not at all surprising, is no less shocking for all of us who knew and loved him. He has left a profound impact on our industry, Fix Auto USA, and on me personally. Tim will be dearly missed.”
Clark was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in early September 2013. At the time, doctors were unable to give him a clear prediction of his time left, but estimates in the range of 60 to 180 days were generally discussed. He outlived the doctors’ most generous predictions by nearly three times. And, during that time, he was widely regarded for his grace and generosity. He spent hours on the phone visiting with old friends and was noted by all who spoke with him for his generous reflection of how much the call meant to him. He will be remembered by more friends than can be counted for his wit, wry smile, intelligence and giving spirit.
“Tim was an incredible and treasured friend,” said longtime friend and associate Ron Kuehn, founder of Collision Business Solutions. “He positively impacted many of us with exemplary class and leadership in all facets of his life. During his illness, Tim personified everything that made him such a successful man, husband, father and friend. He will be missed by many, however his positive impact on the collision industry will continue to benefit many who did not have the pleasure of personally knowing him.”
Clark is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary, daughters Shauna (and husband Ryan) and Krista (and husband Victor), son Noah (and wife Hilary) and 10 grandchildren who he adored.
Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized. When they are made available by the family, they, along with information to send cards, flowers or donations, will be posted on the Fix Auto USA home page.