In Memory of Scot L. Clark
It is with great sadness that the Desert Bar Association announces the passing of Scot L. Clark.
October 10, 1962-April 18, 2021
During one of his regular runs along the stunning San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, Scot was unexpectedly stricken, suffering a heart attack.
Born in Portland, Oregon to Betty and Roscoe Clark, Scot would often reflect that he "endured" and enjoyed a "magical childhood." He attended Gladstone High School (1980), Boston University and the University of Oregon (BS 1990 and JD 1993).
Scot worked in the insurance and retail industries before finally settling on a career in law.
And what a career it was.
Scot was born a trial lawyer - his abilities were innate. Beginning his practice in criminal defense, he found his true calling as a prosecutor. He split his service between Riverside and San Francisco Counties, where he tirelessly advocated for victims of crime. He was a hero to women abused by domestic violence, a fierce pursuer of gang violence, and the voice for justice of the forever-silenced murder victim. He was a heavy hitter, called upon to try the toughest, most press scrutinized cases. Scot was unrelenting and fearless in the courtroom, but above all, he was fair, and deeply admired the rule of law.
In San Francisco County District Attorneys Office, his talent, judgment and heart earned him the prestigious position of heading up the Homicide Unit where he tried many cases and supervised numerous staff.
Scot's final job found him back at the Riverside County District Attorney's Office where he continued prosecuting violent crime. Just a few months ago, he bade farewell to his colleagues, retiring as Managing Deputy District Attorney of the Major Crimes Division. Scot's words of farewell said it best: "I have enjoyed the rarest of blessings for much of the last 25 years. I have loved this job...this has been an enormously rewarding career."
Scot leaves behind his husband and life partner of 35 years, Ric Edgar; his puppies Raven and Rienzi; brothers, Randy, Kerry and Tracy and their spouses; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of grief stricken friends and colleagues. Scot was preceded in death by puppies Fallon, Sophie, and Cricket; his father, mother, identical twin brother Sandy and brothers Bryan and Ricky.
Scot always lived life to the fullest and with purpose. He was passionate about everything he touched and cared about. We mourn his untimely death, but we celebrate the way he lived his life. A celebration of Scot's life will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 10:00 am at Forest Lawn Mortuary, in The Serenity Garden, 69855 E. Ramon Road, Cathedral City. Please adhere to all necessary COVID restrictions and precautions. Reception to follow at Scot's favorite watering hole, where delicious Bloody Mary's are served.
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