An Omaha businessman and his son, a Springfield, Mo., doctor, have been identified as the victims of a fatal plane crash northeast of Fresno, Calif.
Patrick Clarke, 67, co-founder of NorthStar Financial Services Group, and his son, Dr. Scott Clarke, had been traveling in a twin-engine Cessna 421 that went down Saturday about 7:30 p.m. local time near a lake in the Sierra National Forest. Their plane left from Salinas, Calif., and was headed for Omaha, authorities said.
The Clarke family is well-known in the Millard community. Another of Patrick's sons, Todd Clarke, is on the Millard school board.
Relatives, friends and fellow church members gathered with the mourning family Sunday in Omaha, said Troy Thompson, a bishop in their ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“It's a tragic thing that happened,” Thompson said. “It's been a hard day for the family, but they're getting through it.”
Patrick Clarke had been a Mormon bishop and was well-known in his church community. “He'll be missed,” Thompson said.
Patrick began his career in finance in the early 1970s as a stockbroker, and co-founded CLS Investments in 1989.
He sold that business about 10 years later but continued to manage it. Clarke and a partner started NorthStar in 2002, according to the company's website.
Scott Clarke was an anesthesiologist and also active in the Mormon faith, Thompson said.
Funeral services for the father and son were pending.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.