Adios for Now, Clinton Pena
Friends of Clinton Pena gathered in Clark’s backyard in Austin on June 7, 2012, to remember and honor their friend who died way too early without any of us having the moment to say Goodbye.
The somberly magical memorial service was created by Carla, Clark and Olivia whose lives were infused – as were many other staffers – by Clinton when he worked checking out folks at Wheatsville Food Co-op. Carla created a wondrously welcoming altar for Clinton that friends filled up with candles, flowers, photos and other art, and bits and pieces of loving remembrance.
Parties at Clark’s house are usually marked by a creative wildness where anything goes and usually does. Tonight – with its tears, hugs and fondly-told Clinton stories – was very much unlike what Clark’s backyard usually sees – and, in a nice way, very much like it, too.
Words & Memorial Photos by Bob Kinney