National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Mourns the Passing of Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee Derek Clark

OKLAHOMA CITY – Derek Clark, a fourth-generation cowboy and 15-time National Finals
Rodeo saddle bronc rider, passed away April 8, 2021 after a lengthy illness.

Clark, 60, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1960 and began riding horses and competing before his rodeo career, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather. He competed as a saddle bronc rider from 1980 to 2000 and was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2018.

“We are grieved by the passing of Mr. Clark, who was not only a hero in the world of rodeo, but a true, multi-generational cowboy and part of the fabric of Oklahoma,” said Natalie Shirley, Museum President and CEO. “We send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

Aside from qualifying for 15 National Finals Rodeos, Clark also won the 1978 Oklahoma High School Saddle Bronc Riding Championship, the 1984 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Saddle Bronc Riding Title and 12 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Circuit Saddle Bronc Riding Championships.

“Clark’s contributions to modern rodeo will not be soon forgotten,” said John McBeth, Rodeo Historical Society President. “He was a force to be reckoned with in the arena and an example of the living heritage that is the American rodeo. Clark’s legacy will not be forgotten.”

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum, visit
About the Rodeo Historical Society
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Historical Society (RHS) helps preserve and interpret the history of rodeo in the North American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences. RHS membership supports the rodeo programs of the Museum, including the prestigious Rodeo Hall of Fame, an ongoing oral history project and acquisition of collection materials for the American Rodeo Gallery. For more information, visit

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