Mobile, AL (WKRG)
The youngest victim of the 2015 Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy is being remembered next weekend. Adam Clark was one of six people killed in the largest maritime disaster on Alabama waters.
Jason Clark, Adam’s father, shows me a wall in his home dedicated to his son’s memory. Like any father talking about his late son, it’s hard not to get choked up. There were many times during our interview Jason Clark had to pause and compose himself before continuing.
“That’s been the hardest part to keep emotions in check it’s not a bad thing I think to feel all those emotions but it’s been difficult,” said Jason Clark. He’s been feeling a wide range of emotions putting together the Live on Adam Memorial 5k set for Dauphin Island this coming Saturday morning, November 12th, 2016. The name “Live on Adam” comes from a social media campaign where friends and family would take Adam’s postcard and snap a picture of the different places it’s traveled.
“Adam was a great kid he was very smart, very caring and giving person too,” said Jason Clark. Jason Clark said his son was friends with the family of JC Brown, another victim in the 2015 regatta. Adam was on Brown’s boat when it capsized in the storm and Jason Clark says the family held out hope for days, praying their boy might be rescued.
“It’s difficult missing somebody knowing they’re not going to return you’re not going to see that person again,” said Jason Clark. The Live on Adam 5k Memorial Run/Walk and 1k Fun Run is this Saturday morning starting at 8:10 at the Sea Lab. The money raised will go to the Adam Clark Memorial scholarship, the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation and the South Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross. For more information, you can find their Facebook page here and you can see their website here.