John Clark Owen

John Clark Owen

John Clark Owen (79) entered into eternal rest in the comfort of his home on March 13, 2024.

“Clark” was born in Brownsville, Texas on July 4, 1944 to Weldon Taylor Owen and Erma Patrice Owen. He grew up in Brownsville, attended Brownsville public schools and graduated from high school in 1962.

 He worked for the family business “The Wagon Wheel” restaurant. Clark, Stuart and Dean owned and operated “South Texas Ventas” car lot. Years later he found his passion for teaching and completed his Master’s degree with thesis. He was an English Professor at T.S.T.C Harlingen, Texas as well as U.T.B.

He was a past President of the Brownsville Downtown Lions Club and a member of the Rio Grande Valley Lodge #81. Clark enjoyed his retirement being surrounded by his loved ones and by his longtime friends having coffee and catching up on old times and discussing politics.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Anna Maria Owen, his children Jeanette Owen, Penelope Owen, Harrison Owen, Bruna Owen, Luis Owen and step daughter Terri Davidson, by his beloved grandchildren Kirsten Blair, Trinity and Genesis Hernandez, Massimo and Oliver Owen and two Great Grandsons Keegan and Austin Blair. Sister Gail (Peter) Goodman, brothers Stuart (Patricia) Owen Dean (Kaye) Owen and numerous nieces and nephews.

Clark was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Russell (+Cheryl) Owen.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday March 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home 657 Springmart Blvd Brownsville

Family Graveside service will take place on Wednesday March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery Memorial service will begin at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday March 20th at First Presbyterian Church, 435 Palm Blvd Brownsville.

With Pastor Eric Dittman officiating with a reception following.

His wife extends a special thanks and appreciation to “The Medical Team Hospice with heartfelt thanks to Sadie, Janie, Araceli and Alexia who stood by our side in this our most difficult time. To the Reyes Paz family we also give thanks and appreciation for your much needed help.

Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Flower Shop. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485.

To send flowers or a plant to the family in the memory of Mr. John Clark Owen, please visit Didi’s Flower Shop at Sunset Memorial, place your order online at or call (956) 572-3872.


  • Manny Pena Posted March 18, 2024 9:51 am

    Mr. Clark, It was an honor to be able to meet you about 2 years ago at most of the Brownsville schools especially Lopez High School. I enjoyed going to eat lunch at different restaurants with you and Juan. We had good times and lots of laughs. You are no longer suffering my friend. May you rest in peace.

  • Juan Garcia III Posted March 18, 2024 10:01 am

    I’m glad to have met Clark at Lopez High School.
    We were both substitutes for the day.
    He was a Kool friend that I will miss dearly.
    We instantly became friends, he was a very likable person.

  • Melinda Martinez-De Leon Posted March 19, 2024 3:56 pm

    I extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God’s love and healing touch bring you peace. Mr. Clark was a sweet man, he would stop by the classroom to say hello and chat with the students for a bit when he would sub at Lopez ECHS. Thank you Mr. Owen. We will miss your friendly smile and chats.

  • Holly Posted March 19, 2024 6:18 pm

    To Anna and family of Clark. It will be bo big surprise to you that my ” coffee” time with Clark has enriched my walk here on earth as few will. The gratitude I have in my heart for one the giants I was given the extreme privilege, well words just don’t do it justice. I wish and pray much love and grace through these times. I also thank you for sharing Clark with us.

  • Hector Richardson Posted March 20, 2024 12:00 am

    My condolences to the Owen’s family. May your brother rest in peace.

  • Ivonne Kuri Posted March 20, 2024 11:02 am

    Uncle Clark you will be missed and my condolences to my Aunt Anna and the rest of the family. Love you all!

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