Floyd “Clark” Maffitt


Floyd “Clark” Maffitt died in Boston on June 4, surrounded by his children. He was 74.

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 theaters 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 was born April 10, 1940, in Shenandoah, Iowa and lived for the past ten 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.

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 on the Vineyard in mid-July. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you simply attend a production at your local community theater 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.