Vale David Clark ESM
The Surf Life Saving Australia family extends their sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Clark ESM, who sadly passed away peacefully on 24 December 2020.
Dave’s involvement in surf lifesaving began in 1971 when at age 39 he joined Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club and quickly became a valued member, holding a number of key positions, before joining Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club WA in 1982 where his involvement continued.
Dave played a significant role in the development of Surf Life Saving’s emergency services operations including the introduction of Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) to WA clubs and was the State IRB Officer from 1975-1991. Dave’s passion for IRBs never wavered, as he remained a keen supporter of IRBs as both a rescue and racing craft up until his passing.
Dave was also instrumental in the development and widespread utilisation of radios by SLSWA clubs and members, with more than ten years spent as SLSWA’s Radio & Communications Officer (1991-2003).
Described as “a persistent pioneer and a great advocate for crucial innovation”, in 2012 Dave was awarded the Emergency Service Medal for his long-standing dedication to Western Australia’s rescue services.
Awarded life membership of SLSWA (1989) and SLSA, Dave has also been honoured with a World Life Saving Citation of Merit (1987) and an Australian Sports Medal (2000).
David will be sadly missed in the Surf Life Saving community and is survived by his wife Coral, their children and their many grandchildren.