Clark Vaughn Tribute

From Melinda Vaughn:

Clark Vaughn, co-founder of For His Children, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012. He died at home in Navarre, Florida, after developing complications from a surgery related to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Clark was born in Oklahoma on April 3, 1948, the second of three children in a military family that was stationed in the U.S. as well as overseas. He became an attorney with the desire to help others, which speaks of Clark’s compassionate heart.

Clark and I met in Los Angeles, where we both worked a summer job for the Department of Recreation – he was the lifeguard/manager and I was the pool clerk. We were married in 1978, and moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, where Clark opened a law office. Our children, Phillip and Lesley Ann were born in 1981 and 1984.

In ‘89, our family went on a mission outreach trip to Ecuador with Church on the Mountain, in Crowley Lake, California. While in Quito, Clark heard God’s distinct voice that our family was to move to Ecuador to love His people. A year later, the Vaughns formed For His Children (FHC) and Corporación Para Sus Niños, a ministry caring for abandoned and neglected children in Ecuador.

At FHC, he was the plumber, electrician, mechanic, bookkeeper, host, construction supervisor – the ‘go to’ guy. He loved people and was energized by spending time with visiting mission teams, friends, and visitors. Adopted children, some of them now adults, families, mission teams, churches, volunteers, as well as many friends in the Ecuadorian community – can tell of Clark’s enthusiasm and passion for the ministry of FHC.

Clark was diagnosed with ALS in December 2010. As the symptoms progressed, he strived to be real and authentic before God and others, recognizing that it required a lot of deep soul searching, which was often difficult and challenging – yet he never stopped believing or wanting a closer relationship with God.

Complications developed from a surgery on March 9th for the placement of a feeding tube, which led to respiratory failure on March 11, 2012. His passing was peaceful, at home, and surrounded by family. We are comforted knowing that he is now healed and no longer suffering.

Clark’s family: Phillip, Lesley, daughter-in-law Daniela, grandchildren Matias (5), and Maya (3), his sisters Christine Vaughn Lillie (Fran) and family, Cindy Vaughn Casey (Craig) and family, Melinda’s family: parents Max and Betty Maxwell, sisters Karen (and Bob Saviskas) and family, Leslie (and Rob Sckalor), Audrey, and Clark’s extended family of several uncles, aunt and cousins, deeply feel his absence.