He was born in Chandler, Oklahoma, on February 11, 1938, the son of Henry Earl and Mary Elizabeth Simpson Clover, and attended Chandler High School. At Harvard he was a Kirkland House resident and Navy ROTC student, earning his A.B. with the Class in 1960.
After graduation he served for four years in the navy as a naval aviation observer; he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his service during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when his unit's aircraft were instrumental in obtaining photographic surveillance of Russian ships as they carried missiles and bombers out of Cuba.
After completing his J.D. at the University of Oklahoma in 1967, he moved to Houston to join the law firm of Liddell, Austin, Dawson & Sapp. He remained with the firm for twenty-four years, becoming a partner in 1973 and focusing primarily on business litigation and energy matters relating to the petroleum industry.
After retiring in 1991 he continued an active involvement in the community, serving on the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Downtown Houston, North Freeway Commerce Bank, and the Museum of Printing and History. He was also active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, serving as a life member and calf scramble committeeman.
He loved golf and was keenly interested in computers, even building one from scratch in 1997.
He was survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Carolyn Sue (Ginn); a daughter, Angela Milligan; a son, Kevin; four sisters, Kathryn Greene, Susan Goldstein, Janie Barcus, and Linda Neal; two brothers, Kenneth and Vernon; and five grandchildren.