Benton Clyde Clark Jr., chairman emeritus of well-respected Oklahoma City jeweler B.C. Clark, died Feb. 4 at age 101.
Clark began in the family business as a teenager, later serving in the Navy in World War II as a gunnery officer.
In 1936, he married Ruth Carroll, to whom he was wed for 59 years until her death in 1995. A few years later, he married Jeroldine Zachritz, who died in 2008.
Clark is survived by two sons, seven grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.
In 2010, the Clark family, including B.C. Clark Jr., received the American Gem Society’s prestigious Triple Zero award. The 123-year-old store is known locally for its Christmas jingle, which it commissioned in 1956 and has now become an area holiday tradition.
Donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council, 3031 N.W. 64th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73116.