Ennis Mayor John Clark died Tuesday after a several week battle with cancer.
Clark, 54, was an Ennis native who served for 10 years on the town commission before running for mayor in 2009.
“He was a very good mayor, very involved and invested in the welfare of the community,” said Pat Clancey, Ennis Town Commission Chair. “We were shocked at how quickly he passed away.”
Clark was diagnosed with cancer earlier this summer.
Along with his service at town hall, Clark worked at Imery’s Talc mine south of Ennis.
His death was a shock to everyone at the town, Clancey said. Their focus will be on Clark’s wife Tammie and the rest of his family.
“We’re going to do what we can to help Tammie and the rest of his family get through what they have to deal with,” he said. “All of our hearts are sad. We’re going to miss him.”
In his absence, Clancey will take over as Ennis mayor until a new mayor is appointed, in accordance with the town’s procedures. The process of appointing a new mayor will begin within the next two weeks.
“We’re just going to try and get through this week,” Clancey said.
A potluck celebration of Clark’s life will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at Ennis Lions Club Park. Guests are invited to bring their favorite side dish and the Clark family will provide the meat.