Floyd (Clark) Maffitt died in Boston on June 4, surrounded by his children. He was 74.
He was born April 10, 1940 in Shenandoah, Iowa, and lived for the past 10 years on Martha’s Vineyard. He collected deep and meaningful friendships wherever he travelled. After leaving the family farm in Iowa, he travelled the world, living everywhere from California to Saudi Arabia. In every place he went, lifelong friendships were made and he touched the lives of many people. He spent his final years on Martha’s Vineyard where he could be close to family and embrace the role of a “crusty old New Englander,” fully and without reservation.
Clark was an artist and raconteur. He spent his life dedicated to making people happy, first through his music, and later, on the stage. As half of the acclaimed folk duo Maffitt and Davies, he sang and played across the country and recorded two albums with Capitol Records. His voice and guitar can be heard on records with some of the most well-known musicians of the era. In his stage acting career, he filled theatres with laughs and tears. He was known to steal the show no matter the part, and his wry humor, impeccable timing and deeply empathetic soul allowed him to connect and fill the stage with magic.
He leaves, to hold dear the memory of his life, his daughter, Suzanna Crowell; two sons, Aaron Maffitt and Noah Maffitt; five grandchildren; his brother Kent Maffitt, and his former wives Olivia Redwine and Iris Jewell.
Services will be held at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you simply attend a production at your local community theatre and make a donation to the same. As you watch and laugh and cry with the actors on the stage, think of Clark and all he did to make life such a grand and wonderful show.