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Floresville mourns Chad Clark
Wilson County NewsJune 25, 2014 3,949 views 1 comment
He was a veteran lawman, who for more than two decades served the Floresville Police Department, climbing the ranks from patrolman to lieutenant before his May 30 retirement. For the past two years, Chad Clark served as the constable for Wilson County Precinct 2.
But on June 22, the 46-year-old father of two died suddenly at his Floresville home, of what officials said was a massive heart attack.
According to Sgt. Devin Keen of the Floresville Police Department, officers were called to Clark’s residence on F Street at 7:18 a.m., after he had collapsed on his front lawn. Patrolman Matthew Redd administered CPR to Clark and the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services transported the veteran lawman to the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, where he was pronounced dead.
Floresville police Chief Lorenzo Herrera, who came up through the ranks with Clark since joining the department in 1993, said, “It’s sad, tragic. He’s going to be missed by a lot of his close friends from this department and from other departments.”
Condolences and sympathy were expressed on the Wilson County News website, where the news first appeared.
“Floresville will miss this good man and great friend!” wrote LaJuana Newnam-Leus, a member of the Wilson County Historical Society and longtime Floresville resident. “My prayer is for peace and comfort for the family as they go through this new phase in their lives of adjusting to the absence of such a special father, brother, friend.”
Hundreds of heartfelt messages continue to flood the Facebook pages of friends, family, and community members. Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Trooper E.T. Hughey expressed his sympathy on the Wilson County News Facebook page.
“This is truly a shock,” he wrote. “I worked with Chad for over 20 years. The finest of police officers and an even better friend ... The Lord is waiting on you buddy ... 10-42.”
Clark first came to the Floresville Police Department in 1989, starting as a reserve officer. He then spent two years with the Poteet Police Department, from 1990-92, before returning to Floresville as a patrolman. Five years later, he was a corporal, then becoming a detective in 2001 and reaching lieutenant in 2012 after Herrera, Lt. Jesse Evins, and he were the finalists for the chief’s position vacated by Daniel Martinez in 2010. (See “Veteran Floresville lawman to retire, “ April 9.)
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner, who came to the city in October 2013, said Clark’s love for the city was evidenced by his work ethic and his willingness to serve wherever needed.
“And Floresville loves him, and will truly miss him,” she said.
In addition to serving his community as a lawman, Clark also had been a trustee for the Floresville Independent School District, a board member for the Wilson County Friends of the Library, and the first president of the Floresville Police Officers Association. He also was a partner in a private investigation business and previously had been a Wilson County News contributor.
Clark is survived by his brother, Kiley, and two daughters, Kayla and Marah, all of Floresville.
Check wilsoncountynews.com/funeral for updated service information.
Sun., June 29
3 p.m., Franklin Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a procession at 4 p.m. to the Floresville Event Center for a ceremony by the Floresvlle Police Department, and a lunch with family and friends.
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