Clark Milliken Hoffpauer, 73, died Jan. 4 in Crowley, La., after bouts with cancer.
He was born Oct. 20, 1930, to Dorothy Milliken Hoffpauer and Sterling Clark Hoffpauer.
He is a graduate of Crowley High School and obtained his master's of science in wildlife management from Louisiana State University in 1960. His military service included stints in the Navy and the Air Force, where he was an instructor in survival escape and evasion and a munitions specialist.
He was a lifelong pilot, adventurer and avid sportsman. He retired seasonally to Alaska where he worked as a bush pilot at numerous lodges throughout the state. His last project, which he enjoyed with his family and friends, was building his dream home in Homer. It was completed this past summer.
His appreciation for gourmet excellence led to his opening of the popular Crawfish House Restaurant at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans, La.. It relocated to Bourbon Street at the close of the fair.
He was the former director of the State of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where he started as a biologist in 1950 and became the director for the entire state. He was responsible for the procurement of five game management areas and received the Louisiana Conservation of the Year Award in 1972.
He also served as president for the Southeastern Game and Fish Commissioners Association. He was instrumental in the return of the endangered brown pelican, changing legislation for alligator management and many other innovative studies and practices that are in place today. The environmental impact study business that he founded conducted spill emergency plans for Louisiana refineries.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sterling; mother, Dorothy; and brother, Jack Hoffpauer.
He is survived by his son, Clark M. Hoffpauer Jr.; daughters, Pamela S. Hoffpauer, Maria G. Hoffpauer, Greta Hoffpauer-Akrass and Faye Hoffpauer; grandchildren, Charles, Benjamin, Otto, David and Olivia; brother, William Hoffpauer; and former wife, Betty Spell Hoffpauer.
Funeral services will be held Jan. 7, at First United Methodist Church in Crowley, La. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship endowment fund has been established in his name for the benefit of wildlife and natural resource studies at LSU.
Donations are being accepted: c/o LSU Foundation, Clark Milliken Hoffpauer Fund, 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808. For further information, please call Russ Greer, 225-578-3811.