Bill Clark – accomplished sailor, craftsman, popular personality…oh, and blind.

Bill Clark is 72, but could easily pass for 60.

He has the kind of personality, positive attitude and sense of humor that turns strangers into friends seconds after the first handshake.

Bill’s a whiz as repairing houses and fixing up neglected sailboats enough to make them someone’s pride and joy. He’s about quit water-skiing but can literally dance the night away.

As a sailor, he’s widely traveled and has Florida-based sails in his plans.

In the meantime he’s content to compete in local sailing races and lend a hand to anyone needing to work on their boat.

Oh, Bill Clark’s been totally blind since he was 29. That’s when an accident took his sight but not his determination to enjoy life.

Keep checking The Eagle for a story on Clark and the Walnut Valley Sailing Club. It’ll probably run sometime within the next week.

In 31 years of covering the outdoors, Bill Clark’s certainly one of my favorite subjects.