Today Young America's Foundation mourns the loss of an important
ally and friend, Judge William Clark. Judge Clark was a close
confidant to Ronald Reagan and served with the Governor and
President throughout his career. Judge Clark extended that
commitment to his President through his leadership in protecting
and preserving the Reagan Ranch.
"This is sad news indeed," said Young America's Foundation
President Ron Robinson. "Bill was an inspiration in so many ways,
first and foremost as a man of great Faith. You also had to be
moved by his relationship with his wife Joan, his children, and his
President. We have lost a giant for our cause and country."Born on October 23,1931 in Oxnard, California, Bill was 81 years
old when he passed away at his beloved ranch home in Shandon,
California on August 10. He served under Ronald Reagan as U.S.
secretary of interior, advisor to the President for national
security affairs, and deputy secretary of state. Earlier in his
career, Judge Clark served as justice of the California Supreme
Court, justice of the California Court of Appeal, judge of the
Superior Court and chief of staff to Governor Reagan. Judge Clark,
according to biographer and Reagan historian Paul Kengor, was
Ronald Reagan's "single most important advisor."
Judge Clark worked closely with Young America's Foundation to
preserve President Reagan's Western White House, Rancho del Cielo.
He served on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors as co-chairman,
alongside fellow Reagan-administration veterans Edwin Meese and
Frank Donatelli, since the earliest days of our efforts to protect
and preserve this national treasure. Judge Clark was also a
recipient of the Foundation's Torch of Freedom Award, reflecting
his lifetime of service to our country and commitment to the cause
of freedom.Reagan Ranch Board of Governors Chairman Frank Donatelli issued
Bill Clark was indispensable to Ronald Reagan's success both as
governor and later as president of the United States. Reagan
relied on his friend's judgment on a wide variety of policy
matters. And why not? Clark was a tireless advocate for
limited government, America's national interests and the
unborn. It was our great fortune that he later channeled that
same dedication to helping Young America's Foundation and the
Reagan Ranch preserve Reagan's legacy. Bill Clark will be missed by
all advocates of freedom.