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January 2010       Vol. 39, No. 1       Page  100
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In Memoriam

Recognizing recently deceased Colorado attorneys
and members of the legal community

Recently Deceased

Orrel A. Daniel
April 28, 1925–November 10, 2009

Yale Huffman
April 6, 1916–October 27, 2009

John J. Matthew
b. 1946–December 3, 2009

Edward A. Walsh
b. 1915–November 18, 2009


David J. Clarke


David (Dave) Johnson Clarke died November 9, 2009 in Denver. He was born August 26, 1914 in Helena, Montana. He attended the University of Montana Law School, where he paid his tuition by playing the piano in various small and "big" bands. He graduated in 1938.

Dave began his legal career with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1938 to 1948. From December 1941 to December 1945, his employment was interrupted while he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy and with the U.S. Naval Group, China (commonly known as the "Rice Paddy Navy").

From 1948 to 1951, Dave worked for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and from 1951 to 1953, he was with the Wage Stabilization Board in Denver. In 1954, Dave was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, where the press voted him the outstanding freshman member. In 1956, he was elected to the Colorado Senate, and served through 1960. He sponsored a revision of the Colorado Corporation Code and led the effort to adopt the Uniform Commercial Code in Colorado. These measures were signed into law by Governor Stephen L. R. McNichols, who had been an usher at Dave’s 1941 Park Hill wedding.

After retiring from politics, Dave became active in the CBA and served in the 1960s on its Board of Governors. In 1965, he received the CBA Award of Merit and an Honorary Phi Beta Kappa degree from the University of Colorado Law School. He served as Denver Bar Association President from 1971 to 1972.

Throughout his political career, Dave also engaged in the private practice of law in Denver. During 1953–78, he became a specialist in business bankruptcy law. In 1978, he resumed practice as a government attorney in the Office of the Executive Legal Director for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.

After forty-eight years, Dave retired from the practice of law in June 1986. He returned to Colorado in 1989. He is survived by his wife Doris of Spearfish, South Dakota; his son, attorney Jon B. W. Clarke; his daughter, retired teacher Jean Hilton; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

—Submitted by Jon B. W. Clarke



The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth, and date of death of recently deceased attorneys and legal professionals, as that information is available. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed above, are welcomed. If multiple tributes about an individual are received, they may be consolidated. Tributes must be no longer than 250 words and should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are welcomed and should accompany the submission. Tributes and photographs will be published as space is available and the publication schedule allows. Tributes may be edited by staff of The Colorado Lawyer. Send information and photograph to Tracy Rackauskas at


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