An Industry Pioneer ICF Builder Editor Clark Ricks

Clark N. Ricks, editor of ICF Builder magazine, passed away at his home in Sandpoint, Idaho, on January 7, age 45, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

 Clark was born on July 8, 1975, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He spent his childhood in Boise and moved back to Idaho Falls in his teens. He majored in Latin American Studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and received his MBA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Clark and his wife, Lillie, met in 1994 while both were studying at BYU and they married in December 2000.

As editor and part owner of ICF Builder magazine based in Mapleton, Utah, Clark was truly an asset to the ICF industry for nearly 16 years. Clark spent countless hours building relationships, researching, interviewing, and writing about the ICF industry. He was a strong advocate for the industry as a whole. Clark wrote and edited 93 consecutive editions of ICF Builder magazine without missing a single deadline. 

Outside of his magazine work, Clark was a naturally curious person who enjoyed learning, developing a new hobby, or learning a new skill. Most recently, he was learning to play jazz piano, just one of several instruments he played. He also taught himself about beekeeping, was a proficient sailor, and enjoyed woodworking.

Clark is survived by his wife, Lillie; his children Benjamin, Daniel, Hannah, and Heber; his father Norman Ricks; his sister Janene Wadsworth; and his brother Grant Ricks. 

Craig Shorts, president of this magazine, says, “Clark was a great business partner and friend. Clark contained a wealth of knowledge of the ICF industry that will be sorely missed. His contribution and legacy will stand among the greatest pioneers in the industry.”