SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

It was a special Easter Sunday for a central coast man who said he’s come a long way beating what he called a dark addiction.

Clark Guest, a San Luis Obispo County resident, was one of 63 people pardoned by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday.

Guest is helping others move their lives forward working at  the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency.

“I’ve been involved with literally thousands of people in the community.”

Guest said he hasn’t able to help everyone turn their lives around but has touched the lives of many battling drug addictions.

Clark Guest said he had a dark past. Guest said, “I had anger; I had an attitude I used to collect money for drug dealers down the streets I used to kick down doors.”

Guest was convicted of felony burglary in 1997, a crime he committed to feed his addiction. The last time Guest was in jail was in December 1999, when he asked to be in the adult drug court program. He said the program helped save his life.  

Guest said “I got really emotional today at church listening to the words of those songs and listening to the salvation story.”