Ricardo Darnell Clark was born to the late Henry Neal Blackmon and Stella Clark Wallace on October 12, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan. Ricardo departed his life at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD on October 23, 2021.
Ricardo relocated to Alabama in 1981. He attended Robert L Austin Elementary School and Georgiana High School until his family moved to Maryland. Ricardo graduated from Aberdeen High school in 1990. Upon graduating he was offered a job at Holiday Inn which started his love for cooking. Once he mastered his skills within the kitchen Ricardo was known for his delicious food and catering banquets. His love for food and cooking led him to various jobs which he loved. Ricardo went on to work at VA Medical Center located in Perry Point, Maryland as a cook/dietary worker. His co-workers described him as a pleasant person to work with, a dedicated hard worker and love doing his job.
Ricardo loved cooking, grilling, listening to music and the outdoors. He loved creating new ideas with his food. He loved looking at cooking shows, searching the internet for food recipes and adding his own unique flavors to make food look and taste better. He loved grilling and smoking foods outdoors. He loved making his smoked ribs and brisket which people loved. He always took pride in his cooking and loved doing it. Ricardo and his youngest son Tarik was always in competition with each other to see who can cook the best.
Ricardo (Rick, Ricky D, Slick Rick or Clark) was known for his love and knowledge of sports especially Football. He was a loyal Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines fan. On any given day while talking with others he would always end his conversations with his infamous slogan “Go Blue”. He would argue with anyone about his beloved Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Pistons and of course the Detroit Lions. His love for sports and being with friends would make others talk for hours especially when it came to discussing Barry Sanders and his football stats. He was so proud of his Detroit Lions Man Cave that displayed all of his precious Detroit memorabilia and bar.
Ricardo leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 32 years Donna LeFaye Clark, Aberdeen, Maryland, three children, Darrius, Kuiara and Tarik all of Aberden, Maryland, his mother, Stella Wallace, Georgiana, Alabama, three brothers, Darryl (Mary) Clark, Mississippi, Roderick Clark, Georgiana, Alabama, Orlando Clark, Aberdeen, Maryland, father in law, Joe Maye Sr. ,Aberdeen, Maryland; five brother in laws, Joe Maye, Baltimore, Maryland, Derrick Maye Sr., Havre de Grace, Maryland, Anthony (Fonzetta) Maye Sr., Charlotte, North Carolina, Troy Maye, Aberdeen, Maryland, Marcus Maye, Aberdeen, Maryland, one sister in law; Trashel Maye, North East, Maryland 9 uncles, 7 aunts, 22 nieces and nephews, 9 great nieces and nephews, Special friends; Ronald Hall, Herman Haynes, Vaness Saddler, Trent Thomas, Anthony Maye Sr., Troy Hawkins, Tammy Lowry-Gault, Andrea Lige; Special cousins, Antonio Clark, Tommy Longmire, Jamie Longmire, Craig & Sonya Dix, Ernest & Tonya Mahan, Donetha Smith special niece; Essence Maye, godson: Jayden Saddler and God granddaughter, Aaliyah Fisher.
He is preceded in death by his father Henry Neal Blackmon, grandparents William & Johnnie Mae Clark, Jessie & Johnnie Mae Blackmon, mother in law Bonnie Maye and his special friend Samuel “Hal Smoke” Hueitt.