David Clark , former district attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties died on May 29 at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, leaving legacy of being tough on crime and cultivating positive living communities.

Clark served two terms as district attorney for Madison and Rankin County as well as serving with the Florence Volunteer fire department. He spent over 25 years in private practice and also taught law at Mississippi College for five years.

People who knew him professionally said he was easy to work with and didn't mind going after the hard cases.

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said he got along very well with the former DA and found him easy to talk to.

"He left a legacy is tough on crime," he said. "People know you don't want to come to Rankin County and break the law."

Michael Guest, current DA of Madison and Rankin County, beat out Clark in the 2007 election after serving three years under him. He echoed Bailey's praise saying he was tough on crime.

"I think he was a hard-working DA. He wanted to make sure that the people of Rankin and Madison County remained safe. He was able to assemble a good staff of attorneys who worked well with law enforcement to make sure the criminals were prosecuted. He would often take on public corruption cases that other prosecutors might have shied away from."

The service for Clark was held at Marvin United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 1.

Clark's family described him to reporters as a loving father who was very service-minded. They said he was "one-of-a-kind.:

His funeral was held June 1 at Marvin United Methodist Church in Florence.

Clark is survived by his wife, Pam, the current mayor of Florence, and three children; Brian, Shelley and Johnny Crowe.