Springdale resident Robert Clark recently died after being hit in the face outside a local nightspot. Clark’s loved ones remember him as a great father whose death at age 41 leaves a huge void.
“He was full of life,” said Laura Jones, who was Clark’s girlfriend of two years.
Clark, who’s known to his loved ones as ‘Bobby,’ was killed last weekend.
“The void that’s left behind for him not being here is a big loss,” Clark said.
Police said Steven Hall punched Clark once in the jaw outside of the Electric Cowboy in Fayetteville.
Jones said just hours before, they were JJ’s Grill. Jones said they went from there to the Electric Cowboy and were discussing whether to go inside, not arguing as a police reports states. She said that’s when Hall approached them and told Clark to be nice to her.
“Bobby looked at me and then looked at him and just said you should back off I’m just talking to her,” Jones said.
However, Jones said Hall didn’t stop, punched Clark once, knocked him out, and hit his head hit the concrete.
“And I just looked at him on the ground and turned to get help,” Jones said.
Police said Hall ran away. Clark was flown to a Springfield, Missouri hospital on Mother’s Day.
“I held him the whole time and told him how much he meant to me,” Jones said.
Jones said she’s angry. However, Clark’s energy and competitive personality will never be forgotten.
“He brought joy and laughter to everyone around him,” Jones said. “He would always put a smile on my face.”
Jones said he was a remarkable father to his step-children and 9-year old daughter.
“He always had a light in his eye for her,” Jones said.
Steven Hall is out on bond and faces a manslaughter charge.
Clark’s family is waiting on his body to come back from the state crime lab. Funeral arrangements haven’t been set.