Ernest Clark, Jr., a well-known and respected leader in Oakland real estate and the non-profit communities, died on September 29th after being beaten to death by his son, Aaron Clark.
Since 1979, Clark has been a prominent real estate professional and investor in the East Bay since 1979. He founded Seville Real Estate and was known for his efforts to create equal opportunities for African Americans in the industry. He later served as the president of the National Association Real Estate Brokers, a professional industry that focuses on the best ways to serve the minority real estate clientele.
At the time of his passing, Clark served as Vice President of the Oakland Citizens Community for Urban Renewal (OCCUR), a non-profit focusing on raising the quality of life in Oakland. Clark was also an active member of the ARPB Toastmasters Club, a club he helped charter 25 years ago. The Club recently hosted an open house to celebrate the club’s 25thanniversary and Mr. Clark’s 80th birthday. Toastmasters International District 57 Director Randie Ellington presented him with a district-wide appreciation award for his years of support and leadership.
Just two weeks ago, Clark’s daughters, Maya Clark and Melanie Sowell gave him a surprise 80th birthday party at his home. Countless close friends, community leaders, industry professionals and family membrts came to express how he had impacted their lives.
Clark was a consummate communicator and a mentor to many. He had a strong passion for Bay Area sports teams and making deals. His infectious smile will be greatly missed.
Clark’s son Aaron has been arrested and charged with murder in fatal beating of his father and attempted murder of his sister Maya, who is still recovering from her injuries.