Clarence attended Atchison High School where he graduated in 1959 as a member of the National Honor Society and where he earned a total of 9 letters in football, basketball and track during his career. He enrolled at Baker and started and lettered all four years for Coach Davee on the basketball squad. He was honored for his outstanding play by being named a member of the KCAC All-conference basketball squad his junior and senior years. When he graduated he was one of the leading scorers in the history of the University and he set and continues to hold the record for the most rebounds recorded in a single game with 28 against Friends.
On campus he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity where he served as Treasurer. Additionally, he earned inclusion to the Dean’s Honor Roll, was presented with the Wall Street Student Award, served as editor of the Baker Orange and graduated in the top two percent of his class.
Following graduation he joined the United Telephone Companies (now Sprint) and at the age of 24 became the youngest District Manager in their 18 state region. In 1966 he transitioned careers as he took a position with the Platte County Prosecutor’s office. Upon completing his JD Degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City he was named the Prosecuting Attorney for Moniteau County while at the same time serving as the Municipal Attorney for various cities from 1970-1996. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers and he is a licensed real estate broker in Missouri and Florida and is a Missouri Insurance Broker. He continues to represent business clients, banks and a Fire Protection District as well as doing insurance defense work.
He is married to Baker graduate Carole Curless Hawk ’64. Together they have two children, Amy and Chad and two grandchildren. Four of his siblings also attended and graduated from Baker as well: his sister Lois, and brothers Melvin, Larry and Galen Hawk.