TOM CLARK Thomas Lee "Tom" Clark passed away Feb. 21, 2013, in his Las Vegas home, following a heart attack. He was 62. Tom will be missed by all who knew him for his dry sense of humor, ability to fix anything mechanical and love of flying. He was born May 8, 1950 in Inglewood, Calif., and raised in nearby Hawthorne. He graduated from high school in 1968 and then joined the U.S. Air Force
. He had a distinguished 32-year career in military, airline, corporate and general aviation. During the Vietnam War
, he served on numerous hazardous duty missions as crew chief aboard C-130 transport aircraft. His C-130s shuttled troops and supplies between Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines and Cam Rahn Bay Airfield in South Vietnam. In 1972, Tom left the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career as a certified air frame and powerplant (A&P) technician. He worked for several aviation companies including Continental Airlines and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Tom is survived by his two brothers, Larry Clark of La Quinta, Calif., and Bob Clark of Las Vegas. Services will be private.