Real-estate developer Clint Atkins dead at 65

Real-estate developer Clint Atkins dead at 65

Businessman and philanthropist Clint Atkins, owner of The Atkins Group, partner in Fox/Atkins Development and VersaBuoy International and developer of subdivisions and shopping centers in Champaign-Urbana, died Sunday morning. He was 65.

Family members said Mr. Atkins died after a heart attack in his sleep at about 4 a.m. in Lexington, Ky.

Morgan Memorial Home in Savoy is in charge of arrangements.

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pmagelli wrote on April 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm

On this Easter Sunday, my family is deeply saddened to learn of Clint's death. As President of Parkland College in 1987, I asked Clint who was introduced to me by Trustee Bonnie Kelley to join the new Parkland Foundation. In accepting, he said, "Paul, I'll accept because every time you walk into a room, something good and important happens". The truth is that "everytime Clint walked into a room, something really important happened." Twenty-four years ago, he gifted my daughter Merrell on her wedding day by flying a fabulous orchestra, the Steve Grobl Orchestra (Google it) from Chicago to Omaha for her wedding dance. Such graciousness was the hallmark of his life--all of these are testament to a good, decent, unpretentious, guy who was the most accomplished entrepreneur this city and region will probably every have. Our prayers are with his family. He holds an enduring place in our hearts. Paul J. Magelli, President Emeritus, Parkland College .

Jeff Kotiw wrote on April 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

It is with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that I sit and write this. Clint Atkins was my friend and inspiration for 20 years. I and many others will miss him because he always took time to listen to people and make you feel like the most important person in the world. This world was a better place with Clint in it. I will miss him. God bless him and his family.

TnT wrote on April 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

An amazing man the world was not ready to lose, heaven gained a true angel. Mr Atkins will be missed dearly.