Don R. Clarke
|Don R. Clarke|
|Second Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 1, 2006– April 2, 2011|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|End reason||Transferred to First Quorum of the Seventy|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|April 2, 2011|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Born||Don Ray Clarke
December 11, 1945
Rexburg, Idaho, United States
Although he began his career with Ford Motor Company, Clarke spent most of his career as an executive in retail companies. By the mid-1980s he was serving as chairman of May Department Store's Venture operation. He was chairman and CEO of Caldor Corporation from 1986 to 1998, both before and after it split from May Department Stores in 1989. Clarke then returned to work for May as president of Lord & Taylor. Clarke also served as a volunteer professor of business at Southern Virginia University and was involved with Ascend Humanitarian Alliance in beginning microcredit operations in Bolivia. Clark also served as an advisor on finances to Rodney K. Smith, president of Southern Virginia University.
Clarke became an LDS Church general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 2006. In 2011, he was transferred to the First Quorum of the Seventy. Clarke served first as a counselor and then, from 2007 to 2011, as president of the church's Central America Area. While in this position, he presided at the ground-breaking ceremony for the San Salvador El Salvador Temple and conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for the Quetzaltenango Guatemala Temple.
Clarke and his wife, Mary Ann Jackson, were married in 1970 and they are the parents of six children.
- "Venture's Clarke Takes Helm at Caldor, Set 'to Fix Business'", Discount Store News Nov. 10, 1986.
- George Gunset, "Caldor Chief To Lead Lord & Taylor", Chicago Tribune May 27, 1998.
- Church News January 13, 2001.[full citation needed]
- "SVU's Returned Missionaries Improve Bolivian Businesses", Meridian Magazine Feb. 6, 2006.
- Church News May 27, 2006.[full citation needed]
- Church News February 12, 2011.[full citation needed]
- Church News 31 March 2011.[full citation needed]