Clark Milliken Hoffpauer

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Homer resident Clark Milliken Hoffpauer died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, after recurring bouts with cancer. He was 73.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley, La. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Crowley. Internment will follow.

Mr. Hoffpauer was born Oct. 20, 1930. He graduated from Crowley High School and obtained his master's of science degree in wildlife management from Louisiana State University in 1960.

He was the former director of the state of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where he started as a biologist in 1950. He was responsible for the procurement of five game management areas and received the Louisiana Conservation of the Year Award in 1972. He served as the president of the Southeastern Game and Fish Commissioners Association. He was instrumental in return of the endangered brown pelican and changing legislation for alligator management and many other innovative studies and practices that are in place today. The environmental impact study business that he founded conducted spill emergency plans for Louisiana refineries and authored environment impact statements for state, municipal and private interests.

Mr. Hoffpauer's appreciation for gourmet excellence led to his opening the popular Crawfish House Restaurant at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans and relocating to Bourbon Street at the close of the fair.

A lifelong pilot, adventurer and avid sportsman, he later retired seasonally to Alaska, where he worked as a Bush pilot throughout the state at numerous lodges. His last project, building his dream home in Homer, was completed this past summer.

Mr. Hoffpauer also served in both the Navy and Air Force, where he was an instructor in survival escape and evasion, as well as a munitions specialist.

Mr. Hoffpauer was preceded in death by his father, Sterling Clark Hoffpauer; mother, Dorothy Milliken Hoffpauer; and brother, Jack Hoffpauer.

He is survived by his children, Clark M. Hoffpauer Jr., Pamela S. Hoffpauer, Marla G. Hoffpauer, Greta Hoffpauer-Akrass and Faye Hoffpauer; five grandchildren, Charles, Benjamin, Otto, David and Oliva; brother, William Hoffpauer; and former wife, Betty Spell Hoffpauer.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship endowment fund has been established in Mr. Hoffpauer's name for the benefit of wildlife and natural resources studies as LSU. Donations may be made care of LSU Foundation, Clark Milliken Hoffpauer Fund, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. For more information on the scholarship, call Russ Greer at (225) 578-3811.

Arrangements were made by Geesey-Furguson Funeral Home in Crowley, La.

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