Carmel businessman dies during Eagle Creek swimming competition

Chris Clarke (Photo: Indy Aquatic Masters)

A Carmel man died Sunday during a swimming competition at Eagle Creek Park.

Chris Clarke, 45, was swimming in the Indy Open Water Challenge at Eagle Creek when he suddenly stopped moving. Emergency staff went to his aid and he was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, where he passed away.

"Words cannot express the depth and magnitude of grief being felt by his Indy Aquatic Masters teammates and his friends in the greater swimming community. Anyone who knew Chris felt his enthusiasm for life and his passion for swimming," wrote Ben Christoffel, director of the Indy Aquatic Masters swimming club.

Clarke founded Clarke Engineering Services in 1997 and also served as the CEO and board president of the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism in Indianapolis, which he also founded.

He is survived by his wife Jane, two daughters and a son. Donations in Clarke's honor can be made to the Verbal Behavior Center for Autism, 9830 Bauer Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46280.