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Investigators' Bios

Clyde Black

Clyde Black was born in Texas.  After graduating from high school, Clyde went to Junior College and then during the Viet Nam era, he voluntarily enlisted with the United States Marine Corp.  Clyde did three tours of duty as a Marine in Viet Nam and received an honorable discharge.
Upon his return from Viet Nam, Clyde attended the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  After his graduation, Clyde joined the Houston Police Department where he was named "Rookie of the Year".  Clyde spent 10 years with the HPD.
Later Clyde went into the Corporate Security field and held Regional Corporate Security Director positions with Domino's Pizza and Papa John's International.  These two positions were over the span of twenty years.
Clyde and Claire moved to Houston County, Texas in 2002 and Clyde worked as a Deputy Sheriff for the Houston County Sheriff's Office as their Narcotics Officer assigned with the Dogwood Narcotics Task Force.  The Task Force encompassed Houston, Anderson and Cherokee Counties in East Texas.  It was under the supervision of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  When the Task Force was dissolved, Clyde started his own investigations company, Lone Pine Investigations.
Always being a public minded person, Clyde ran for the position of Justice of the Peace of Precinct 1 in Houston County in 2006.  Clyde was elected and has been serving as the JP for Precinct 1 since 2007. 

Clyde retains his owner/manager title of Lone Pine Investigations, but to avoid possible conflicts of interest, he is not actively involved on a daily basis except in a managerial position.

Claire Cooper Black

Claire Cooper Black is also a native Texan from Houston.  Claire attended Baylor University for two years, then started what would later become a career expanding over thirty years as a banker and tax collection manager shortly after leaving Baylor.  Other than two years at a local bank in Waco, Claire moved to Dallas and spent the remainder of her banking career with banking institutions in Dallas.
Claire was employed with several financial institutions in Dallas from 1976 until 2002.  During the Savings and Loan Crisis of the late 1980's, Claire was employed with the former Sunbelt Savings, FSB.  The Resolution Trust Corporation merged Sunbelt with seven other Savings and Loan institutions in Texas during the early 1990's.  After this merger, Claire became the Retail Lending Collections Manager taking on the collection efforts of eight failing institutions.
During Claire's eight years with Sunbelt Savings, she had been a Lender, Manager of Collections, Manager of Asset Documentation Review, Oversight Manager Due Diligence and Manager of Asset Record Control supervising 30 employees. 
Claire had also assisted the Security Division, which was working in conjunction with the FBI, regarding investigations of possible fraud committed by former employees.  The institutions was closed by the RTC in early spring of 1994.
Claire's last banking position in Dallas was assisting with the opening of Eagle National Bank.  Claire remained with Eagle National as Vice President of Loan/Credit Administration from 1997 until 2002 when the bank was sold to Sterling Bank.
With the sale of Eagle National Bank, Claire and Clyde decided to leave the big cities which they had lived in for most of their adult life and move to peaceful and beautiful East Texas.
After moving to Houston County, Claire took a position with the Houston County Appraisal District as Collection Manager and was employed there for six years before deciding to move from being a part time investigator to full time with Lone Pine Investigations in 2008.
Claire is a Life Member of the Baylor Alumni Association.

With Clyde's over 30 year background in law enforcement, Claire's over 30 year background in the financial industry they have established an investigative company that has the experience and knowledge of industry standards and regulations with over 60 years experience.