California law enforcement and public safety has lost our respected elder statesman, OJ "Bud" Hawkins at the age of 90. Bud was a good friend and a life member of NCPOA and will be missed.
HAWKINS, OJ "BUD"
Born in Sacramento, December 27, 1914, passed away peacefully December 12, 2005 at Sutter Memorial Hospital. Devoted and loving husband of Jean for the past 45 years. Survived by his loving daughter, Laray Hunter Macchiavelli, nephew, Edward Jr. and sister-in-law, Palma. Loving stepfather of Steven Watry and his wife Susan. Preceded in death by his brothers, Armand, Edward and Andy. Ray was Past President of Restaurant and Tavern Association which honored him as "Man of the Year" in 1976. He was also a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association, life member of the Eagles, member of the "Over the Hill Gang". He owned and operated Macchiavelli's Restaurant at 712 Jay Street from 1942 until his retirement in 1979. He was issued the Number One liquor license from the State of California after prohibition. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and sportsman. Special thanks to Nicholosa Cortez for her many years of loving care. Ray was respected and loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Visitation will be Friday, December 16, 2005 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at NICOLETTI, CULJIS & HERBERGER Funeral Home, 5401 Folsom Blvd. 451-7284. At his request, interment will be private. Memorial Services are pending. Remembrances may be made to charity of donor's choice.
SCOTT, Robert E.
In Sacramento, December 13, 2005. Husband for 58 years of Irene L. Scott
of Sacramento. Father of Bradley E. (Salli) Scott of Sacramento, Korie
Scott of Washington and Martin Scott of Roseville. Grandfather of Justin
Scott, Krista Wolfs, Claire Scott, Evan Scott, Jacob Scott, Brett Scott,
Catherine Scott, Lytia Scott and Melanie Scott. He leaves six Great
Grandchildren. He is the brother of Jack (Carol) Oehmigen of Sacramento,
Lois Yingling of Illinois, Laura Hunter of Sacramento and he was preceded
in death by 8 other Brothers & Sisters. A native of San Diego, aged 79
years. He served in the U.S. Navy in W.W. II from 1943-46 as a Boatswain's
Mate 2nd Cl. and was a Landing Craft Coxswain during the battle for Iwo
Jima. He is a member of Provident Lodge # 609 F. & A.M. and the Northern
California Peace Officers Association. He retired as an Administrator for
the State Department of Justice after 30 years of service. Friends are
respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service Monday, 12/19 at 10:30
AM in the LAND PARK CHAPEL OF HARRY A. NAUMAN & SON, 4041
Freeport Blvd, Sacramento. Private Cremation.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 12/15/2005 - 12/16/2005.
Passed away in Carmichael, November 4, 2005 at the age of 90. Preceded in
death by his wife, Irene, and is survived by his son, Gary & his wife
Mindy. Bud worked for the last 10 state Attorneys General. He began his
distinguished law enforcement career in 1936 with the Los Angeles County
Department of Forestry. He then worked for the U.S. Border Patrol and the
U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Unit. In 1946, Bud began his nearly 60 years
of distinguished service with the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
He served as the Special Law Enforcement Liaison to the Attorney General,
personally representing the Attorney General with chiefs of police and
county sheriffs to address problems of mutual concern to state and local
law enforcement. In 1993, the Law Enforcement Data Center was renamed in
Bud's honor. It is now known as the Hawkins Data Center. Family and
friends are welcome to attend Visitation, Thursday, November 10th from
4pm-8pm at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Ln., and a Memorial Service,
Friday, November 11th at 12pm at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair
Oaks Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Society for
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 11/8/2005 - 11/10/2005.
The 711 Club is the social organization of active and retired employees of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. The club meets at 1100 hours on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge. Dues for the organization are $24 per year and may be paid to 711 Club c/o Frank Davidson 10207 Rinda Drive, Rancho Cordova 95670. Visit their web site atwww.711Club.org.
MACCHIAVELLI, RAYMOND L.
SCOTT, ROBERT E.
WILLIAMS, Dennis E.
May 14, 1944 - Jan 23, 2006
Survived by loving wife Janis; children Kelly, Kyle and Kaitlyn; mother-in-law Nancy Cook; grandchildren Nick and Dani Thompson. Also survived by brothers Robert (Lorraine), John (Doreen); sisters Barbara and Margaret; several nieces; and many friends. Dennis was in law enforcement for 36 years beginning his career with the California State Police and retiring as an Asst. Chief with the CA Highway Patrol. He was a kind and loving man with a gift to make everyone laugh. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA at 1:00 p.m. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the CAHP Widows and Orphans Fund.
Williams, Dennis E.
Myrtle Wood Jensen
JENSEN, Myrtle Wood
Born 1918 in Baker, MT, passed away January 29, 2006 in Placerville, CA. Preceded in death by her loving husband Robert, married 66 years. She will be greatly missed by her three children, James W. Jensen, Washington State, Anne Higbe, Sacramento, CA and Charles C. Jensen, Elk Grove, CA. Loving grandmother to four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Loving sister to Lois Evans, Little Rock, CA. Myrtle was a member of Daughters of The American Revolution and numerous local civic groups. She was a very devoted member of Gold Country Baptist Church and an avid doll collector. Arrangements made by Green Valley Mortuary. Obituary listed at greenvalleymortuary.com. Private graveside service Wed. February 1 at Green Valley Cemetery in Cameron Park. Memorial Services Tues. February 21 2006 at 3:00pm at Gold Country Baptist Church. Memorials to be made to Snowline Hospice, 670 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 2/1/2006 - 2/2/2006.
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John L. Walker, Sergeant (ret)
Sacramento Sheriff's Department
Sacramento Sheriff's Department Sergeant John L. Walker, a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association passed away after a brief illness on February 25, 2006. Services were private and a memorial service will be held at the Rancho Cordova Elks Lodge on March 24, 2006 between the hours of 1and 3 PM. Our condolences to his family and all his many friiends.
CHILIMIDOS, Dr. Robert ''Chili''
Born in Oakland, CA, on October 30, 1928, on March 8, he lost his battle with bladder cancer and passed away peacefully at the Eskaton Care Center in Carmichael.
Chili was preceded in death by his parents Spyros and Marika. He is survived by his loving wife Lynn, of 29 years. He is also survived by his brother George (Janice) and his children Robert, Michael (Kerri), Steven (Cynthia), Diana (Ken), Karen (Dave), Kathleen (Todd), Beth (Todd), David (Holly), and James (Becky). He was the proud grandfather to Stevie, Brooke, Megan, Emily, Cydney, Spyros, Jennifer, Trevor, Baylie, Matthew, Makayla, Isabelle, Gracieanne, and great-grandfather to Joshua.
Chili was born in Oakland born to immigrant Greek parents from Cephalonia. He worked at a gas station all through high school that was located across the street from his parent's grocery store. He graduated from Oakland Tech High in 1946. In 1952 he took the test for the California State Police, passed and moved his family to Sacramento. In 1955 he went to work for the San Pablo Police Department, where he became what is now known as a "Youth Resource Officer."
In 1957, Chili took the California Highway Patrol exam and was accepted. He was the only graduate to pass the academy who did not know how to swim and actually refused to learn. Upon graduation he was transferred to Norwalk and worked patrol for six months. He was then transferred to Oakland, where he worked the Bay Bridge patrol and transferred to the Sacramento office in 1958. Chili was with the CHP for 20 years, retiring in 1977.
In 1960 he conducted a feasibility study to determine the need for a Vehicle Theft Investigator to be assigned to the local area office. As a result of the information presented he was assigned as the first Area Vehicle Theft Investigator in the Department.
In 1969 Chili wrote a book titled "Auto Theft Investigation." It became the first Vehicle Theft Investigation textbook in the nation. It was widely recognized as a valuable aid to vehicle theft investigators.
Chili developed a reputation throughout the nation for his knowledge and ability in the criminal and educational fields. He obtained his Masters Degree in 1975 and received his Doctorate on the subject of Criminal Justice Education in 1977 from Western Colorado University.
After retiring he continued his law enforcement career working for the State of Calif., Secretary of State's Office as the Chief of Investigations. In 1978, he became Chief of Police for the City of Rio Dell in northern California. Chili held this position for a year, until he was asked to be the Coordinator of Law Enforcement Training for Sacramento Criminal Justice Training Center, Los Rios Community College. This was an opportunity Chili felt he could not pass up. It brought him back to his family in Sacramento, and combined his two passions: law enforcement and teaching.
In 1985, Chili became the Chief of Police for California Exposition and State Fair Police Department. He held this position until 1988, when he became the Chief Investigator for the California Horse Racing Board. He retired again in 1990.
Chili taught criminal justice to literally thousands of students throughout the Sacramento Region from 1972 to 2005. Bob was a Professor at Sacramento State University for many years and recently was a Professor and Faculty Advisor at the Union Institute.
Although law enforcement and teaching were his passions, his true love was his family. During his illustrious career, Chili always found time to spend with his family. He loved to travel the world with his family and friends and would always turn a vacation into a business trip by stopping at the police departments in the cities and countries he visited. He always took a picture of a patrol car too. He also loved cars, buying and restoring them his whole life. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason and very active within the organization.
Chili had many titles, Officer, Investigator, Chief, Professor, and Doctor to name a few. His biggest accomplishment and the title he would want to be remembered for the most was "Husband" and "Dad." He will always be remembered for his crooked smile and his quick wit. There was nothing more important to him than his family and he will be greatly missed by them.
Viewing will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM and Trisagion at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 13, at Russ Monroe's Funeral Home, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 AM at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 600 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816. A reception will be held at the Hellenic Center located next to the Church immediately following the burial at the Fair Oaks Cemetery.
Published in the Sacramento Bee from 3/11/2006 - 3/12/2006.
Chilimidos, Dr. Robert "Chili"
Copeland, Robert, LASD (ret)
Our member Robert Copeland retired from the Los Angles County Sheriff's Department passed away in Placerville, Caifornia on May 8, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Janette. Memorial services for Robert will be held at the Placerville Masonic Lodge, 2820 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, Ca. on Sunday May 21,2006 at 2:00 PM. The members of NCPOA extend our sincere condolences to Robert's family and friends on his passing.
Enloe, Joe S. Lt. Sacramento Police Dept. (ret)
Our life member, Joe S. Enloe passed away June 21, 2006 after a long illness. Joe was a Class of 1961 Highlands High School graduate and retired veteran of the Sacramento Police Department. When he commanded the Homicide Bureau for Sac PD, white-haired Senior Coroner's Deputy Mike Green reported that Joe's unit had 96% clearance rate. Joe is one of the founding players and principle forces behind the most successful public safety charity football games in the nation, the Sacramento Pig Bowl. After retiring from Sac PD, Joe owned and operated a neighborhood tavern in Rio Linda called Wilford E Frog. He also worked as a private investigator. Joe wanted no services to be held and his family has respected those wishes. Joe was a good friend and a great cop and he will be missed by all his family and friends. Our condolences go out to his wife Glenda and the entire Enloe family.
Captain Zane Mannering became a life member of NCPOA in 1984 and will be sorely missed by
all of his family and friends in the organization. May he rest in peace.
Bill V. Roberson, Lieutenant, Sacramento Sheriff (ret)
Cherished husband, daddy, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Bill V. Roberson passed away in the comfort of his home in Loomis on September 25, 2006, after a long, grueling battle against cancer. Bill was a deputy sheriff with Sacramento County, retiring in 1996 after nearly 30 years of service. In the end, Bill passed quietly in Carol's arms and went home to the Lord to be fully healed.
Bill is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Carol; daughter and son-in-law Lisa and John Gubbels; daughter Lori "Bo" Roberson; grandsons Jack Austin (7), Sean William (5), and Evan Stewart Gubbels (8 months). Also surviving Bill are his ten brothers and sisters and their spouses: Cliff and Pauline Roberson; Evelyn "Sister" Smith; Mary and Curt Ryan; Frances McFarland; Thomas and Ruth Roberson; Leta Pruitt; Nell Mitchell; Ted and Evelyn Roberson; Roberta and Jerrell Phillips; and Glenda and Ron Coker. Bill is also survived by Carol's five siblings and their families. Bill was the proud and loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and their children. His parents, his in-laws S.J. and Warnetta Stewart, his infant sister Nora Virginia, brothers-in-law Robert Mitchell, Earl Smith, and Robert Pruitt, nephew John Ryan, and nieces Elaine Leake and Gayle O'Daniel, preceded Bill in death.
Bill is loved and cherished and will be so very missed. If you would like to make a donation in his name, please consider Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Sacramento, 10388 Rockingham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827, Educational Ministries (c/o Chaplain Mark O'Sullivan), 4655 King Road, Loomis, CA 95650, or the Sutter VNA and Hospice (checks payable to Sutter Roseville Medical Center), One Medical Plaza, Roseville, CA, 95661-9962. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, Sept. 29, at noon at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 2401 Olympus Drive, Roseville, Calif. A luncheon reception will follow.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 9/28/2006. Guest Book • Flowers • Gift Shop
Kelley, Jack David Sgt. Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. (ret)
Entered into rest in Carmichael (Ca.) on August 30, 2006, at the age of 78. Jack was born on December 22, 1927, to Percy David and Estelle Bell (Johnson) Kelley, in Sacramento, Ca. He graduated from Sacramento Senior High School, class of 1946. Jack served in the United States Army during WWII. He was awarded the WWII Victory medal and Japan Occupational medal. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jack worked for the United States Post Office, as a mail carrier, until he was hired by Sacramento County as a Deputy Sheriff in 1949. Jack retired from the Sheriff's Department as a Detective Sergeant with 33 years of service. Jack worked in every division in the Sheriff's Department, and was especially proud of his assignment as a Youth Hearing Officer. Jack was awarded the esteemed Liberty Bell Award from the Sacramento Young Lawyers Association. The first such award given an individual. Jack was a Master Mason in Tehama Lodge #3, a Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, and member of the Shrine's Motor Escort. Jack was a long time member and past president of the 711 Club and Northern California Peace Officer's Association. He was a member of the California Peace Officer's Association and the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff's Association. Jack is survived by his sons Kraig D. Kelley and William E. Kelley; grandchildren Justin, Spencer and Lucas (Luke) Kelley. Friends are welcome for a visitation Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with services on Friday at 10:00 a.m. Visitation and services will be held at Andrews and Greilich Mortuary, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, Ca. Internment will be private. Donations can be made in Jack's memory to Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, Ca. 95817.
On Monday, November 20, 2006, passed from this earth with Leona, his loving wife of 49 years, and their four children at his bedside. The former San Carlos Police Chief lost his courageous battle with cancer in Placerville, Calif. Chief McGuigan will be remembered for his innovative and professional policing style. He joined the West Covina Police Dept. in 1960 and quickly advanced to the rank of Lieutenant (at the youngest age known for a major city in the state). He left the West Covina Dept., in 1972, after being chosen as the Chief of Police in San Carlos, CA (the youngest Chief in the state at that time). Most importantly, those who knew him personally will remember him as a dedicated, loving husband, father and a friend whose influence was significant, spreading to several nephews, nieces, etc., as he was always the one we could lean on.
He was known as Chief, Skip, Mac, Grandpa, GG Pa, and, to those most dear to him, "Pops." Chief McGuigan was a family man, innovator and dedicated police officer. Owen was born in Oak Park, Ill., on June 6, 1937. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Glendale, CA. Six years later he met and eventually married his wife of 49 years, Leona McGuigan. The two "high school sweethearts" were blessed with 4 healthy children over the next five years. Though married and parents at the tender ages of 17 and 19, they gave of themselves in their youth, so as to promote the growth and love of the family we are today. Leona (Mom) raised, bathed and taught us all (the children) while pursuing a career with the Home Savings and Loan which led her from Teller to Vice-President to Manager of one of the larger branches. At the same time, Dad was given the latitude to pursue studies wherever needed yielding a Master's Degree in the end. He also found time to coach Little League and participate in every important event in our youth. Ozzie and Harriet it was, perhaps without the sweaters. Together with that willing sacrifice and love, they raised four children, Kevin (Owen Kevin McGuigan, III), Debi, Bill and Larry, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The greatest joys (and fondest headaches) were from the constant, hectic and loving gatherings at the large but basic home where they resided in Placerville, Calif.
Chief McGuigan started his law enforcement career with West Covina P.D. in 1960 eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He left the West Covina P.D. in December of 1972 to assume the position of Chief of Police with the San Carlos Police Department where he served as Chief for 17 years until his retirement in December of 1989. After his retirement he founded and was the Principal Associate of OKM Associates in Placerville, Calif. Chief McGuigan had a Masters in Public Administrations (with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration from Golden Gate University), Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from California State University in Los Angeles. Chief McGuigan was also a graduate from the FBI National Academy and U.S. Secret Services Dignitary Protection Institute. Chief McGuigan was a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Police Officers Association.
Chief McGuigan was also a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the Northern California Police Officers Association. In addition to the law enforcement associations, Owen was a longtime member of the San Carlos Rotary and continued his Rotarian duties with the Placerville Rotary Club.
Owen is survived by his wife Leona, his four children, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brothers Terry McGuigan of Milwaukee and Robert and sister-in-law Nancy McGuigan of Vista, Calif., and his sister Linda Stephenson of San Marcos, Calif. Owen was preceded in death by his father Owen Kevin McGuigan Sr. and his mother Vera McGuigan. Ever present until death were grandpa Micca (Edward L. Micca) and grandma Micca (Desdemona Zolessi-Micca), Leona's father and mother.
Services will be held at Green Valley Mortuary (Cameron Park Facility) located at 3004 Alexandrite Dr., Rescue, Calif. (intersection of Bass Lake Rd., and Green Valley Rd.), on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11:00 AM. For directions see www.greenvalleymortuary.com. Immediately following the services, a gathering will be held at the Holy Trinity Parish located at 3111 Tierra Dedios Drive, El Dorado Hills, Calif. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to any of the three following organizations: The San Carlos Police Activities League, Boy Scouts of America (Pacific Skyline Council of Foster City) or Snowline Hospice of Placerville, Calif.
McGuigan, Owen Kevin CoP San Carlos, Ca.
Duane H. Lowe, Sheriff, Sacramento County
Born: June 23, 1930
Died: Nov. 28, 2006
Remembered for: Serving 12 years as Sacramento County sheriff during his 44-year career in law enforcement. Credited with modernizing the department, as well as establishing its mounted posse. Retired as deputy chief of the California Highway Patrol.
Survived by: Sons, Audie and Rex; daughters, Nickie Lowe and Debra Lowe; brothers, Dale and Lee; a sister, Dorothy; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, and a brother, Dwight.
Duane Lowe, credited with introducing modern police equipment and techniques to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department during his three terms, died Tuesday night. He was 76.
Lowe had suffered a heart attack during a visit to a sister in El Paso, Texas.
His death after more than four decades in law enforcement marked the passing of one of only two men to have begun service with the department as a deputy and risen to the top rank.
The other is current Sheriff John McGinness, who announced Lowe's death late Tuesday.
"It's the end of an era," said McGinness, who in 1980 was sworn into the department by Lowe. "His time of service as sheriff was really, truly critical.
"The department badly was in need of modernization, and he provided that. I think he helped shape the organization that exists today."
Lowe was a blunt-talking Oklahoma native who loved to tell acquaintances that he was a peace officer, not a politician.
But after starting his career as an officer in Borger, Texas, in 1950, Lowe moved to Sacramento as a deputy in 1957 and began his political ascent.
He left the department briefly in 1969 as a special agent for the state Department of Justice, but a year later challenged three-term sheriff John Misterly.
Lowe ran as an agent of change, touting the fact that he was a college-educated law enforcement specialist who would bring new training and higher pay to a department not known for innovation.
He won -- and followed through on his promises, introducing 20th century law enforcement methods.
During his tenure, he created the department's special weapons and tactics team, brought in helicopters, created a media bureau and had onboard computers installed in patrol cars.
He also showed a penchant for showmanship and tradition, creating a popular mounted posse that made national appearances over the years that included the Rose Parade and President Reagan's inaugural.
A stubborn and aggressive leader, Lowe at times clashed with others in the community. But those who knew him personally said his sometimes intimidating and abrasive style belied the strong sense of protection and loyalty he felt toward his employees at the department.
He won re-election twice, but eventually Lowe's strong-willed and outspoken nature began to wear on his popularity, and he lost a bitterly close race in 1982 to Robbie Waters, who had campaigned on a theme that Lowe was too conservative.
Hard feelings lingered for years over that race, in which Lowe initially refused to concede defeat. But in a recent gathering organized by McGinness for all five living Sacramento County sheriffs, Lowe and Waters, now a Sacramento City Council member, shook hands and made peace.
Much of Lowe's family had been involved in law enforcement, and Lowe himself really knew no other path. After his loss, he was appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian as head of the California State Police. When that agency was absorbed into the California Highway Patrol, he became a deputy chief and served in that post until his retirement in 1996.
Lowe spent much of his time in retirement at his home in Folsom, near his family. After his wife's death, he also found time for overseas travel with his brothers, Dale, a retired detective sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department, and Lee, an oilman.
Former Sheriff Glen Craig, who recently posed with Lowe for a photograph of all five living sheriffs, remembered Lowe fondly Tuesday.
"He left quite a legacy for all of us," Craig said. "I'm proud to have known him as a person and as a fellow law enforcement officer."
Sgt. Robert Lyons, (ret) Sacramento Sheriff's Dept.
LYON, Bobbie A.
"My Dad. He's Funny."
Father of three. Died on New Years Day, 2007 at home at the age of 63. A Sacramento native and LEGEND, Bob served the community he loved as a sergeant with the Sheriff's Department for 30 years. His greatest achievements were as a single father. The love he gave to his children was unmatched and unending. To the outside observer, Bob was many things. To his children, he was a superhero - Superman, to be exact. He lived life the way we all hope to live it - with passion, integrity, irreverence and joy. He always shined in the darkest times and those around him never forgot the experience. The "little things" in life were little for a reason - they just didn't matter. The big things could be summed up in one word: Family. Although it wasn't something he strived for, he had more friends than any of us deserve, and more dogs than the SPCA. He was truly a man of humor. He loved horse racing, politics, golf, adventure and being where "the action" is. He had three children, eight grandchildren and "potential stepmothers" for his kids all over the world. And even though marriage did not suit him, he was lucky enough to fall in love with his soul-mate. He was simply the greatest father in the world. The family requests that any remembrances be made to the Sacramento SPCA. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Bob's life at Elks Lodge #6, (6446 Riverside Blvd. Sacramento), Thursday, January 4, 2007 from 4-6pm. Casual attire mandatory. Hawaiian shirts preferred.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 1/3/2007.
''Stan the Man''
Apr 16, 1930Jan 16, 2007
of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Stan died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Frieda (Seils) and Leo Aurich and sister Ruby Carolyn Monson. Graduated Fremont HS in Oakland and Santa Rosa JC. Served honorably and proudly in US Army as Second Lieutenant in the Korean War. Graduated from CSU Sacramento in Criminal Justice. Loved every day of his career with the Sacramento County Probation Department, retiring as Senior Deputy Probation Officer after 33 years. Remembered by fellow officers as an innovator and for his ability to liaison with all law enforcement officers, developing a great relationship with fellow law enforcement agencies locally and throughout the State. Past president of Northern California Peace Officers Association. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee volunteer bartender for over 25 years. Member of SIRS Branch 67, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Probation retiree's VIP group and the ROMEO's, a group of men who enjoyed going out to lunch together. Stan was passionate about life and especially enjoyed travel, golf, cooking, BBQ, fine scotch, wine tasting, the Oakland Raiders and spending time at his cabin at Strawberry. He personified friendship and adored being with good friends and family. Stan is survived by loving wife and best friend Sarah Aurich (Weeks), children Edward, Douglas, Lisa (Diehl), Carrie (Ford), Janis (Aydelot), eight beautiful grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A private joyous celebration of his life was held at the Waterboy with beloved friends and family members on January 7, 2007. Special thanks to Rick Mahan for making it a personal and special "going away party." Donations in his name may be made to Parkinson's Foundation of Northern California.
Stanley Aurich, Sacramento Probation, Past President
PHELPS, Arthur F. "BUD", Sergeant, Sacramento Sheriff's Department (ret)
PHELPS, A.F. ''Bud'' A long time member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association.
Bud was one of the last of the Civil Sergeants, when the Sergeants Civil Service Exam was
divided in two classification, Sheriff's Sergeant-Criminal or Sheriff's Sergeant-Civil. Bud was very
well versed on the intricacies of California Civil law and was fond of schooling both old and new
attorneys on what the could and could not do with their judgements and writs. But, he also enjoyed
the cops and robbers side of the business and spent many hours working on the East Area task force during the height of the investigation. Bud's only known vice was his preference for hand rolled cigarettes, and reportedly could roll his own, while doing 80 on his motorcycle.
Born July 3, 1933. Died May 3, 2007 from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He is survived by his wife, Missie; children, Rosanna, Carl, Helen, Margaret, Mary-Carol and Joe; his siblings, Gary and Judy and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He retired as a Sergeant with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. He was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and a veteran of the Korean War. Bud was a charter member of the River City Beemers Motor Cycle Club until his illness prevented him from riding. Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, May 7th, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7817 Old Auburn Road, Citrus Heights, CA.
PHILLIPS, Richard C.
In Roseville, CA November 28, 2007 at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Gloria A. Phillips for 55 years. Loving father of Richard S. Phillips, Brian C. Phillips, and the late Gay Lynn Phillips. Devoted grandfather of 4. Dick was with the Sacramersto County Sheriffs Dept. for 25 years including 12 years as Undersheriff. Private funeral services to be held at a future date. Not long to be seperated from his old friend, Duane Lowe, Dick passed away exactly one year after Duane's passing.
Loren Dale Carter
Was born on Feb. 5, 1932 in Concordia, KS; passed away on Dec. 29, 2007 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 75. Beloved husband of 55 years to Arlene Carter. He is survived by one daughter, Janice Stewart of N. Highlands and four grandchildren; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Tenney of Weston, WV, Brandon Goodnight of Sacramento, Ryan and Delaney Stewart of N. Highlands. Survived also by brother Robert Carter and wife Sue of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in-law, Nadine Carter of El Paso, TX and Neva Jean of Sacramento; brother Richard (Dick) Carter and wife Louise and children Mike, Kevin and Joyce of Murrieta, CA. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was a Mason at Washington Lodge #20, Ben Ali Shriner, a member of the Scottish Rite, B.P.O.E. Lodge #2484 in Rancho Cordova, a life member of the N.C.P.O.A, life member of the American Legion in Evansville, IN., the V.F.W., the 7-11 Club and a member of the Moose Lodge #255 in S. Sacramento. He served as a Deputy Sheriff of Sacramento County for 21 years and promoted to Corporal. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Sacramento. There will be no services as desired by the family. Remembrances in Loren's name, may be made to a charity of your choice. He is loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 1/6/2008. Friends may sign the guest book on the obit pager of the Sacramento Bee, at www.sacbee.com.
SKAY, Robert W. "Skeeter"
Born on November 10, 1943 in Perth Amboy, N.J., and passed away unexpectedly on December 13, 2007 at his home in Roseville, Calif. Bob served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for four years. In 1969 his started his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Sacramento County Sherriffs Department, that spanned 30 years. After retirement, Bob worked as part of the Cal-Expo Mounted Horse Patrol and almost eight years as a County Court Bailiff. A talented car enthusiast, Bob was a long time Central Valley Rods. Inc. car club member and personally built numerous specialty award-winning cars. Known for his wit, and sense of humor and the love of his children, he is survived by his mother Margret Skay, brother William Skay, sister Susan Abruscato, children Robert and Lauri and three grandchildren, Heather, Krystal and Devin.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 1/6/2008. Friends may sign the guest book on the Obit page of www.sacbee.com.
KELLEY, Richard Dee 'Dick'
Captain, Sacramento Sheriff's Department (ret)
Born in Astoria, Ore., on February 20, 1932, he passed away on July 14, 2008. Survived by his wife of 24 years, Janet, son Guy, and stepdaughter Carolyn. Preceded in death by brother Lee. Also survived by loving extended Batalo, Kim, Del Mugnaio, and Habecker families. Also survived by extended family in Oregon. Dick served four years in the Navy as an aircraft technician. He was a graduate of University of San Francisco. Dick began his career with the Sacramento Sheriff's Dept in Dec. of 1964 and retired at the rank of Captain in March of 1988. Dick was elogized by his old friend and fellow Sheriff's Deputy, Lieutenant Gil Magness. Dick was a member of the Sheriff's 7/11 Club and the Northern California Peace Officers Association, having ably served as assistant bartender to Gil Magness. Memorial Service was held on Thursday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. at chapel on McClellan AFB, 5726 Dudley Blvd. Service was followed by luncheon reception at the Lionsgate Hotel.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/18/2008. Friends may sign the guest book on the Obit page of www.sacbee.com.
(Clay) Vernon, Inspector,
Sacramento Sheriff's Department (ret)
Clay was born Sept. 4, 1928 in Nevada City, CA. At Age 79 he was suddenly taken from his loving family on Aug. 27, 2008. Clay was a 30 year veteran of Sacramento Sheriff's Department retired as an Inspector in 1978. He was also an Inspector and Time-keeper for the State of California Boxing Commission for fifteen years. He moved to Sacramento at the age of twelve from Grass Valley, Ca. He attended Sutter Junior High and Sacramento High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 attached to the 8225 Mash Medical Unit in Korea. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta of 42 years, also survived by step-children Ronald, Daniel, Sandi & Kevin, step-grandchildren Danelle, Michael & Natalie, step-great grandchildren Tyler & Travis. Clay was a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association. Funeral Service will be held at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks CA on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008 at 1:00 pm. Reception following at Sudwerks Riverside Restaurant, 9900 Greenback Lane, Folsom Ca. In lieu of flowers, remembrances suggested to Sacramento Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, 10388 Rockingham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827.
LINK, Robert C. Lt. Sacramento Police Dept. (Ret)
Born in Sacramento, CA on April 8, 1925 to Otto and Maude Link. Passed away October 26, 2008. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Faye and children, Bobbi Swetland (John), Charles Link (Laura); grandsons, Ron and Robert Link; brother, Kent Link; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Maude Link; sister, Barbara Truax; and brother, Don Link. He served in WWII in the Army and was a highly decorated soldier. Upon returning from the war, he met his wife and settled in Sacramento to raise a family. He was a police officer for the City of Sacramento and retired as a lieutenant in 1978 after 30 years of service. He remained in the Army reserves where he retired in 1985. He was a member of the Union Kit Carson Lodge, Ben Ali Shrine, The Scottish Rite and a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Assn. He adored his family and especially loved going to his grandsons' baseball games where he would enthusiastically cheer them on. He had many friends and they met regularly for breakfast, lunch or any occasion - he loved to socialize. He enjoyed hunting, golf, antiques and spending time with his family and friends at the family cabin near Lake Tahoe. He will be truly missed and will always be in our hearts. He has gone home to be with our Lord in Heaven. The family would like to express our appreciation to the staff of the Kaiser South ICU unit for their excellent care and support
Manuel Balshor, Sacramento Sheriff's Dept. (ret)
Manuel Balshor, retired Sacramento Sheriff's Detective passed away on January 3rd, 2009 at the age of 91. Memorial services for Manny will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 3 PM. Services will be held at Klumpp's Funeral Home 2691 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento
Manuel Balshor retired from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department in 1981 and was a life member of NCPOA and the Sheriff's 711 Club.
JONES, John Louis
Was born in Banada, County Sligo, Ireland on May 10, 1909 and died January 8, 2009 in Sacramento. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years Josephine, parents James and Anne Jones, sisters Georgina Hughes, Beatrice Jones, and Margaret Mary Jones, brothers Daniel Jones, William (Willie) Jones, Fred Jones and Jim Jones. He is survived by his sons, Daniel P. Jones (Kathy) and Terrence W. Jones (Marion). Beloved by his grandchildren Bridget, Patrick, Emily, Meghan and great-grandson Caleb. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their children. Lou immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a young man. He lived in New York for a few years and then worked his way to California. He was employed by the Sacramento City Unified School District for over 30 years. In 1960 he joined the Sacramento City Unified School District Police Force and became the resident police officer at Hiram Johnson Senior High School and retired after serving as the first Chief of School Police for Sacramento City Unified School District. He was affectionately known as "Jonesy" by faculty, staff and students alike and everyone recognized his black sedan. His legacy at Johnson High is still recounted in great stories told by former students. He treasured those years and the many friendships he had there and throughout his life. He was a Veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed lunches with Seniors in Retirement (SIRS) and the Northern California Police Officers Association. He loved fishing the American River and caring for his sons' lawns and gardens until his mid-nineties. He lived a Iong, active and happy life and he will be greatly missed.
Fred S. Reese, Chief Deputy Sheriff (ret)
Top enforcer for Sacramento Sheriff was loyal, caring
Fred S. Reese, a law enforcement veteran who was a scrupulous top administrator for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, has died at age 85.
He had heart problems and other ailments in recent years and died March 19 in Mendocino, where he lived since retiring in 1978, said his wife, Jeannette Reese.
Mr. Reese joined the Sheriff's Department in 1955 and rose quickly through the ranks to captain. In 1968, Sheriff John Misterly appointed him chief enforcement deputy, ranking immediately below the Sheriff and Undersheriff.
He was responsible for all sheriff's enforcement activities, including detectives and patrol operations. He also oversaw the design, construction and opening of a women's detention center, which became the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove.
A stickler for detail, Mr. Reese authored many of the department's policies and procedures. He required deputies to make a good presentation in uniforms, shoes and hats. He insisted on proper grammar and spelling in memos, and he led classes on writing reports. He made unannounced visits to check on deputies working the graveyard shift at the jail or on patrol.
"He believed that if you discipline the small things, the big things will take care of themselves," said Jim Feusi, a retired captain. "He always had a clean desk, but he always got everything done.
His reputation as a straightforward administrator helped him survive political fallout after Misterly lost a close election to Duane Lowe in 1970. In a move seen as a slap, Lowe named three additional chief deputies, divvied up the duties and assigned Mr. Reese to run the county jail.
Mr. Reese accepted the task without complaint, worked hard and emerged as the strongest, most competent executive on the sheriff's staff. Lowe rewarded him in 1975 with a plum job as commander of the patrol and detectives division.
"Fred was loyal," retired Undersheriff Larry Stamm said. "He would do the job regardless who was sheriff."
Fred Sherman Reese was born in 1923 in San Francisco to a beautician and merchant mariner who separated when he was young. Unable to support her three sons during the Great Depression, his mother placed him for several years in an orphanage in Ukiah. He graduated from Polytechnic High School in San Francisco.
He sold fine dinnerware in San Francisco and worked as a journeyman welder at a Navy shipyard before serving in the Army Air Corps in India during World War II. Recalled to active duty in the Korean War, he commanded a unit and rose to the rank of captain.
He married Jeannette Bost in 1942. They moved to Sacramento and worked together at Breuner's before military values of service and discipline led him into law enforcement. The couple reared three children, including a son, Sherman, who died in 2007.
Mr. Reese earned a bachelor's degree with high honors in criminal justice at Sacramento State. He was widely respected by colleagues as a smart and unflappable administrator who led by example and never was known to swear. He often came across as demanding and tough, but he was a caring man who treated everyone with respect.
His former secretary, Shirley Duff, recalled her young daughter got off a bus at the wrong stop and became lost while meeting her downtown for a medical appointment. The frantic mother called her boss, who immediately sent a patrol car and found the girl.
"He was a man of discipline and morals, but he was very human," Duff said. "He really cared about you."
Carter, Thomas Jr. Captain, Sacramento Sheriff's Department (ret)
CARTER Jr., Thomas
Thomas Carter Jr., age 69, retired Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Captain, departed this life on Saturday, May 23, 2009. Carter was born on November 7, 1939 in Camden, South Carolina, to the late Thomas M. Carter, Sr. and Rosalie Nickens Carter. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Richmond Carter. Following graduation from high school in New York state, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served until 1957, when he moved to Sacramento and worked for both Aerojet and Union Carbide. His career in law enforcement began in 1968 as a detective with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. He earned a reputation as a diligent, highly effective investigator with a "distinctive style" all his own. He was assigned to a variety of bureaus, including Narcotics and Homicide. In 1991, as a Sheriff's sergeant, Carter took command of the Anti-Crime Enforcement detail. Then as a lieutenant, Carter spent four years in command of the Sheriff's Service Center located in South Sacramento (Southgate Center). In October 1999, as Captain Carter assumed the command of the newly created Sheriff's Central Division (Elk Grove) where he facilitated conversion of the Station House model of management and fully integrating the Sheriff's Department as a community-oriented policing agency. Captain Carter was always actively involved in numerous youth mentoring programs, including the Sheriff's Department OK (Our Kids) Program, the Boys and Girls Club, and 100 Black Men of Sacramento, worked closely with organizations such as the Sacramento Urban League and the NAACP to promote positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. He was also a member of the Somerset Pioneer Lions Club, Sacramento Deputy Sheriff's Association, Northern California Peace Officers Association, 7-11 Club, Sacramento County Black Deputy's Association, Able Lodge #10 Masons and the American Legion. Carter held a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento and attended the prestigious California Commission on Peace Office Standards and Training Supervisory Leadership Institute and returned to the Institute as a member of it's instructional faculty. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Annie L. Carter; three daughters, Annie Carter, Chandra (Paul) Criswell, and Sherol Carter; brother, Donald N. (Helen) Carter of Camden, South Carolina; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many loving relatives and friends.
Saulter, Jerry Sacramento Co. Coroner (ret)
Captain (ret) Sacramento Sheriff's Department
In Elk Grove on May 30, 2009, at age 72. Childhood sweetheart and loving husband of 51 years to Ann Saulter. Beloved father of Michael J. Saulter (Cheryl) and Laura Ziegenhirt (Robert). Proud and devoted grandfather of Katrina and Lindsey Ziegenhirt and Courtland Saulter. Preceded in death by his son Robert J. Saulter.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1937, Jerry moved at a young age to Grass Valley, Calif., where he attended Mount St. Mary's school. After graduating from El Camino High School in Sacramento, Jerry proudly spent the next four years in the United States Coast Guard before becoming a Deputy in the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in 1958. He remained with the Sheriff's Department for the next 18 years, achieving the rank of Captain. Jerry served as Commander of the Administrative, Detective, and Patrol Divisions.
Jerry left the Sheriff's Department in 1976 and served in several roles within Sacramento County government until 1983, when he was named by the County Board of Supervisors to head the Department of General Services. He served with distinction in that role until 1992, when he returned to law enforcement as the Coroner for Sacramento County. Through his professional years, Jerry obtained a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California and later served as an instructor at both U.C. Davis and CSUS. He also found time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Carmichael Recreation & Park District and was a past president of the NorCal Girls Softball Association.
After 35 years of serving the citizens of Sacramento County, Jerry retired in 1993 to focus his love and affection on his grandchildren. Family was always the major focus of Jerry's life. He enjoyed coaching youth sports - his daughter in the Del Campo Girls Softball League and his son in Little League. During these years Jerry touched the lives of so many young people, many of whom he was still in contact with decades later.
Jerry continued his love of youth sports by co-founding and closely following the Lady Magic ASA teams on which his granddaughters would play 20 years later. He was a fixture at all Sheldon High School softball games the last five years of his life, cheering on his ''kids''. Jerry also enjoyed playing video games with his grandson, often practicing all evening just so he could keep up with him the next day. An avid fan of his alma mater the USC Trojans, he never missed a chance to watch them win a football game.
Jerry loved to travel with his family, including several memorable trips to Disney World and Disneyland. He and Ann took numerous cruises, as well as trips with each grandchild for their ninth birthday.
In the last several years, Jerry had served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento County Retired Employees Association. He was a long time member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association.
He will be greatly missed by not just his loving family, but by all whose lives he touched. Friends are welcome to visit him for a closed viewing after 12:00 noon on Thursday with a recitation of the Rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the HERBERGER'S ELK GROVE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 5, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 9961 Elk Grove-Florin Rd. A private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Jerry's name so that other children may visit Disneyland.
Leo C. Hertoghe, criminal justice professor
at CSUS, was mentor to many
Leo C. Hertoghe, who mentored and supported law enforcement professionals as a longtime criminal justice professor at Sacramento State, died Sunday of complications related to lymphoma, his family said. He was 78.
Mr. Hertoghe taught for 35 years as a faculty member and later chairman of the California State University, Sacramento, Department of Criminal Justice. He specialized in law and industrial security, and he often was quoted in news stories on crime statistics and trends.
He began teaching in 1964 with a strong background in law enforcement and security, starting as an Air Force policeman and a special officer for the San Francisco Police Department. He worked as a state Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator and security consultant for the UC Berkeley Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was a civil defense planner for the U.S. Defense Department in Washington.
Gregarious and charismatic, Mr. Hertoghe was a popular lecturer who illustrated classroom lessons with real-world experiences. He was regarded as a caring mentor who engaged students intellectually and socially and often remembered their names.
"Leo was close to lots of people who were here in the '60s and '70s," criminal justice Chairman William Vizzard said. "When I run into former students who are retired, they always ask, 'Is Leo still there?' 'How's Leo doing?' "
Mr. Hertoghe followed students' careers in agencies from local police departments to the U.S. Justice Department and Central Intelligence Agency. He helped start criminal justice scholarship funds and was active in the Northern California Peace Officers Association.
"He never turned loose of his students," former Sacramento County Undersheriff Larry Stamm said. "He always kept up with where law enforcement took them."
Mr. Hertoghe was born in 1931 to Belgian immigrants who farmed in Scobey, Mont. The youngest of six children, he moved as a boy with his family to Reno. He served with the 131st Air Police in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He earned an associate degree from San Francisco State College, a bachelor's degree from Sacramento State and a juris doctor degree from Humphreys School of Law. He retired from teaching in 2000 and enjoyed working on his 10-acre farm in Loomis.
He is survived by his second wife, Marlene, and four children from a previous marriage to the former Adrienne Fotos that ended in divorce. His son, Bill, is law enforcement chief for the California Lottery after a career with Sacramento and Rocklin police and the Placer County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Hertoghe stopped drinking and joined Alcoholics Anonymous after three surgeries for a brain aneurysm in 2005, said his daughter Debra Bennett. He completed a counseling education program and sponsored other AA members in law enforcement and the Veterans Administration.
"He was very adept at working with people in recovery," said Mike Carey, a drug and alcohol counselor. "He was a 'live and let live' person, but it was 'I'm here for you if you need me.' He always kept his hand out for other people."
John Schnuck, California State Police, California Highway Patrol
LINCOLN CITY, Ind. — John Schnuck, 70, of Carmichael, Calif., formerly of Lincoln City, died June 2, 2009, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.
He had been an officer with the California State Police and California Highway Patrol and a Marine Corps and Air Force veteran. Member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association.
Surviving are wife, Betty; son, Steve; daughter, Sara; mother, Blanche; brother, Steve; and five grandchildren.
Robert "Bob"Jimenez Chief of Police (ret) Lincoln, California
12/28/1921 - 7/7/2009
Longtime Lincoln Police Chief Robert Jimenez served the community with an eye for helping others, according to residents and family members. Jimenez, 87, died just after midnight Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Jimenez served 32 years as the police chief for the City of Lincoln, retiring in June 1979. At the time of his retirement, the city of Lincoln recognized Jimenez's service with a proclamation for his "giving generously of his time and efforts, unselfishly in all deliberation." Jimenez was born Dec. 28, 1921 in San Nicolaus, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. He moved to Lincoln when he was two years old and became a citizen just before shipping out for North Africa during World War II. When Jimenez started as police chief in 1947, he was part of "essentially a one-man police department," according to documents from the Lincoln Area Archives Museum. Jimenez was then the youngest police officer in the country, but had already distinguished himself with his service in World War II, earning two Purple Hearts and one Silver Star, according to the archives. During his military career he served as a tank commander in Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army and was friends with America's most decorated war hero, Audie Murphy, who often rode on his tank, according to the archives. According to an article in The Sacramento Bee just before his retirement, Jimenez said he enjoyed coming to work every day. Jimenez also served on Gov. Ronald Reagan's police commission for a year and was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Lincoln. Bob was a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association and served luncheon host in Lincoln for many years. Bob served as President of NCPOA in 1964 and 1968. Jimenez is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Judy; his son, Robert Jimenez II; daughter Dana Jimenez Harder; grandson Conrad Karl Harder; and four stepchildren, Mike and Karen McGinnis, Mark Costa and Robert Fish Jr.
A Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Kelley Allen Lara was killed in a traffic collision on her way to work Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Sgt. Kelley Lara, 43, a 15-year veteran with the department, was westbound on Interstate 80 in her personal vehicle -- a black Toyota MR2 -- when the collision happened about 1 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and sheriff's officials.
Lara was en route to her job at the Sacramento International Airport.
Near the Longview Drive overcrossing, witnesses reported that a vehicle made an unsafe lane change into the Toyota's path, officials said.
While evading the vehicle, Lara lost control of her car, which spun clockwise and struck the left rear of a big rig that was merging on the highway from the right shoulder into the slow lane.
The 2009 Freightliner tractor/trailer was driven by a 38-year-old Connecticut man.
Lara suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
CHP dispatchers report receiving calls of a red vehicle driving recklessly in the area before the collision. It's not clear if the red vehicle is the same one that moved into the Toyota's path, CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said.
Authorities found the red vehicle and its driver, and the investigation is ongoing, Dutton said.
Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness described the loss as devastating.
"She was a very likeable, pleasant, high-energy person," McGinness said.
Lara's father Ron Allen worked in law enforcement and at POST. Kelley was a member of NCPOA and her father Ron was a past president of the Association. Her husband, Don, also a Sheriff's Department sergeant. Kelley was the mother of four children, three of her children were triplets.
Sgt. Kelley Allen Lara, Sacramento Sheriff's Department