LINDON, Utah — Aquatherm has announced that company president Steve Clark, P.E., P.Eng., 55, and his wife Susan, of Provo, Utah, were killed in a motor vehicle accident near St. George, Utah, early on the morning of May 24.

Clark was born Nov. 1, 1957 in Great Falls, Mont., the fifth son of Maurice Paul Clark and Patricia Gertrude Myers Clark. After graduating from Montana State University with an engineering degree, he worked for several years as a professional engineer and eventually started his own engineering firm, but he was always focused on building energy efficiency.

While working on a large project in the U.K., he discovered a German-made polypropylene pipe called Aquatherm. His experience (including award-winning building system designs and international HVAC and piping patents) revealed that pipe selection is a key component to efficient building design, and he was able to acquire the North American distribution rights to the polypropylene pipe systems in 2007.

Clark went on to assemble a corporate team and distribution network that helped fuel the company’s steady and significant growth. In fact, Aquatherm was named to Forbes Magazine’s List of America’s Most Promising Companies the last two years, and the polypropylene pipe systems are increasingly being used in a variety of HVAC systems and applications in commercial, government, industrial and residential projects.

In addition to the operations of the company, Clark worked as an advocate for broader adoption of radiant heating and cooling and improved building efficiency in North America. He regularly published articles, spoke at industry events, and served on industry committees and promoted energy efficient pipe alternatives. He was active in industry associations, serving on the ASHRAE 189.1 Committee for High Performance Green Buildings, the Green Schoolhouse Series Advisory Board, and others.

He is survived by both of his parents, his brothers Mark, Dennis, Kim, and Kevin, and sisters Mary Kelli and Trudi as well as their children, Amber (David Chen), Adam (Genevieve Binkerd), Aaron, Austin (Chantelle Turley), Autumn, and Anne, as well as their grandchildren Lynn and Lily Chen.

The funeral service will be held on June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Sharon East Stake Center in Provo, Utah. There will be a visitation for friends and family on May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., at 650 East Stadium Ave., Provo. There will be another brief viewing before the funeral service, starting at 11:30 a.m. on June 1. Arrangements are being handled by the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home.

Publication date: 5/27/2013

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