It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Putty Clark, founder of Clark Realty Corporation, Hawaii Island’s largest residential real estate brokerage, passed away late yesterday (June 27th) at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
Putty was born in Hawaii on June 8, 1947. He graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island and later earned his MBA at New York University after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Middlebury College. His early real estate career included working as a financial analyst and strategic planner for C. Brewer & Company Ltd. before he joined the Honolulu-based real estate brokerage Bradley Properties in 1980.
In 1986, Putty became a partner at Bradley Properties. In late 1994, he purchased the firm’s Big Island operations and founded Clark Realty Corporation in Kailua-Kona in January 1995. Since 1995, Clark Realty Corporation has participated in nearly 18,000 transactions with a sales volume of over $5.4 billion. Clark Realty was named one of Hawaii’s 50 fastest growing companies by Pacific Business News in 2015.
Professionally, Putty leaves an enduring legacy built on two guiding principles that he tirelessly worked to model for his colleagues: achieving excellence through market knowledge and upholding standards of integrity in all business dealings. He led by example with a work ethic that has helped define a generation of real estate practice in our local market and he leaves behind a strong ohana of real estate professionals here at Clark.
During his life, Putty emphasized philanthropic giving and community service and encouraged Clark Realty agents and staff to do the same. The Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund, which was founded in 2005, has raised over $175,000 to support Big Island organizations nominated annually by Clark agents and staff. He also served in leadership positions with a number of local groups including Family Support Services and the YMCA and on the Board of Trustees at Hawaii Preparatory Academy.
Putty was a devoted family man and leaves his daughters, Katie, Jenna and Amanda and their mother, Lisa, his granddaughter, Irie, his father, Henry, brother and sister-in-law, Bee and Alice, and numerous cousins behind.
We will miss Putty greatly and will honor his memory by continuing to build on his legacy.
Information about a celebration of life will be forthcoming.