Thomas Ellsworth Clark, 86, of Idyllwild, died at home Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, of liver disease.

He was born June 3, 1921, in Tulsa, Okla., to Thomas and Clara Clark.

Mr. Clark was a man of many talents. He came to California in the 1940s to be a professional boxer. He was an actor, poet, writer, artist and inventor. He loved classical music. He loved to fish. He also was involved in sales throughout his life.

He was a member of the Idyllwild Rotary Club, and touched many hearts in Idyllwild.

A funeral service was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Silver Pines Lodge with Helen Henderson and Art Carter conducting the service.

He is survived by his wife, Trischa Clark of Idyllwild; two daughters, Lynnette Lewis of Sacramento and Tasci Crummett of Yorba Linda; two stepdaughters, Gina Crabtree of Beaumont and Dyana Peterson of Victorville; a stepson, Jeff Crabtree of Beaumont; and 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his memory be made to KUSC Classical Music Station, P.O. Box 77913, Los Angeles, CA 90007.