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Duane Dichiara

R.I.P. Jane Clark

From Judy Lloyd, Vice Chairman of Lincoln Club of Northern CA and a client of Jane Clark in AD 15 in 2008 – Bay Area Republicans are saddened at the loss of one of our most dynamic Republican fundraisers, Jane Clark this New Year’s Day.

Reports are that Jane had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer just a week before. At first the prognosis was for aggressive chemotherapy then the tragic news that Jane only had one week to live. Sadly, Jane passed on New Year’s Day, with Bruce McPherson, the former Secretary of State, her friend and former client, at her side as well as her dear friend Anne Appleman.

Jane had been a great friend and colleague of mine for many years. She helped many national, Bay Area and Central Valley Republicans including McPherson, Jeff Denham, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Jim Cunneen, Dick Rainey, and most recently Carly Fiorina. She also had several non-profit clients who adored working with her and for whom she showed great passion.

Everyone who knew Jane appreciated her sense of humor, honesty and loyalty. Jane was a popular speaker for the Lincoln Club of Northern California and other Republican organizations. I talked with Jane just a few weeks ago when she asked me to talk with Carly Fiorina and sign on to co-host a fundraiser for her. At the time, I remember telling Jane that I’d do just about anything she asked. Jane had become a mentor and friend who helped me when I ran for Assembly in 2008.

She opened doors and paved the way for me to build a meaningful coalition with business leaders who remain my friends today. She taught me how to build lasting relationships, develop successful fundraising campaigns, what to do and what not to do in the business. Jane Clark approached her life’s passion of raising money for causes she loved with style, grace, honesty and ability. She truly believed in helping Republicans succeed. She will absolutely be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her.

One Response to “R.I.P. Jane Clark”

  1. mbreen@convergentmobile.com Says:

    Hi Duane,

    There needs to be a correction in this article. Bruce McPherson was not with Jane when she passed. Anne Appleman, and my wife Ginny Breen were by her bedside. Bruce, his wife, Senator Jeff Denham, and his wife came to UC Davis Medical Center about 2 hours after. Jane was a great friend, and a special person in the hearts of many. I would appreciate the correction.

    Thanks,

    Mickey Breen