Glen Craig, 1933-2014
Commissioner California Highway Patrol, Director, Division of Law Enforcement, California Attorney General's Office, Sheriff, Sacramento Sheriff's Department 1987 to 1999
Glen Craig, a former Sacramento County sheriff and California Highway Patrol commissioner, died Friday in Arizona.
Craig’s son Kevin Craig said his father was playing golf with friends when he suffered an aortic aneurism. He died in Phoenix with his wife and children at his side. Kevin Craig said his father would have turned 82 on Jan. 8,2015.
Friends and former colleagues said they were stunned to learn of his death.
Lou Blanas, who succeeded Craig as sheriff, said he had talked with his friend and former boss by phone on Christmas.
“I’m devastated,” Blanas said. “He was one of the best top administrators in the history of the state.”
Glen Craig retired as sheriff in January 1999, after leading the department for 12 years. His tenure as sheriff capped a 44-year-career in law enforcement that began with the Visalia Police Department after his discharge from the military in 1955. He moved on to the California Highway Patrol and was appointed commissioner in 1975, a position he held for eight years.
Craig was appointed director of the state Department of Justice Division of Law Enforcement in 1983, and established the agency’s groundbreaking computerized fingerprint system.
He won the Sacramento County sheriff’s job from incumbent Robbie Waters in 1986.
Craig’s key traits were honesty and sincerity, McGinness said.
“Law enforcement, by its very nature, is riddled with conflict,” McGinness said. “He had a unique ability to engage with groups or individuals who saw things differently and to convey his message sincerely, and often win them over.”
Craig said his most difficult call came on April 4, 1991, when four gunmen took 41 hostages in a Good Guys electronics store. When one of the gunmen shot a hostage in the leg, Craig ordered an assault to end the 81/2-hour siege. Six people died, including three hostages.
“You look at it and you say you always want for nobody to get hurt or killed,” Craig said in the 1998 interview. “You wait as along as you can. You hope everything goes perfect, so no innocent people are killed. That’s one that didn’t work out that way, and you live with it for a long time. You live with it for the rest of your life.”
Following his retirement, Craig, a Rancho Murieta resident, also spent several months each year in Chandler, Ariz.
In addition to his son Kevin, of Ahwatukee, Ariz., Craig leaves his wife, Dorothy, daughter Deborah Rousseau of Scotts Valley, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
“He was a great dad, a great businessman and a great mentor,” Kevin Craig said of his father. “He taught me a lot about life and about business. He and my mother were married 63 years. That’s an anomaly. He was a great role model.”
Magness, Alexandria I.
September 3, 1937-May 10, 2015
Life Member, NCPOA
Chief Deputy (ret)
Sacramento Sheriff's Department
Alexandria Irene Magness Born September 3,1937, in St. Louis, Missouri, Alex moved to Sacramento with her mother Irene and sister Susanne at age 13. Alex attended Grant Union High School and graduated from Sacramento State College with a degree in police science. Alex was hired as a clerk with Sacramento County in 1955. She was successful when taking the first test for female deputy sheriff in 1963. Alex rose through the supervisor and upper management ranks in the department reaching the position of Chief Deputy. She was a life member of the Northern California Peace Officers Association and a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va. She retired in 1992. Alex is survived by her husband Gilbert, daughters Lori Merjil and Lisa Morris, and son David Dodrill. Alex had many step- children, grand children, and recently a great granddaughter.
Tejada, Arthur E.
Sacramento Police Department (ret)
Art was a lifelong resident of Sacramento, California born to Manuel and Rose Tejada (predeceased). He graduated from Sacramento High School where he met his sweetheart Betty Vierra whom he married on 10/8/1950 and enjoyed 64 years of marriage. Art was a veteran of the Korean War and earned a silver star for valor and a purple heart for injuries he sustained. After returning from his military service, Art entered barber training but was recruited into service with the Sacramento Police Department on 8/1/1960. Art served the City of Sacramento in this capacity until retiring on 7/1/1971. He then began working with the California Department of Justice, retiring after approximately 8 years of service. Art was a faithful 49er fan and enjoyed playing golf, watching sports and cowboy movies. He was an active member of the Retired Sacramento Police Officer's Association, the Northern California Peace Officers Association and the local Elks Lodge. He and Betty loved travelling to Carmel, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Lake Tahoe, Reno Nevada and their favorite destination, Pacific Grove California. Art's many travels earned him the nickname, Mr. California. Art was dearly loved by his family and his many friends. His warm smile, hearty laugh and many humorous stories will be missed by everyone who knew him. Art Tejada is survived by his wife Betty, two sisters-in-law, multiple cousins, nieces and nephews.
LoBue, Lori Ann
Lobue Lori Ann (Dalmas) Born October 21, 1956 in Vallejo, CA, passed away on May 15, 2015 in Sacramento, CA at her home. She was preceded in death by both parents & her husband, Michael LoBue. Lori leaves behind her 3 daughters, Michelle Arellano, Rachel LoBue & Jessica LoBue; 8 grandchildren Alex, Ashley, Michael & Georgie Arellano, Michael LoBue II, Brooklynn, Junior & Jeremiah Hill; 2 sisters, Linda Dalmas & Sharon Nichols, 1 brother, Russell Dalmas; 1 brother-in-law, Robert Nichols & 2 sons-in-law, George Arellano & Mark Schroeder, Jr.
O'Farrell, Kenneth B.
US Marine Corps,
Long Beach PD and California
Department of Justice
Kenneth Barnett O'Farrell passed away at his home in El Dorado Hills on June 4, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on November 28, 1930 to Kenneth and Marguerite O'Farrell. Ken spent his early childhood years in Los Angeles, Culver City, Bakersfield and San Gabriel before settling in Long Beach, CA. He attended Will Rogers Junior High School and Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, and Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 and served his country in the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart as a proud member of Easy Company-2nd Battalion-5th. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he began working for Shell Oil Company in Long Beach until he joined the Long Beach Police Department in 1954. In 1968, he became a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice stationed in San Francisco. Two years later, he was transferred to their Sacramento Office where he retired in 1984. He was married for fifty-five years to the love of his life, Charlene O'Farrell, who passed away in 2007. A forty-five year resident of El Dorado Hills, Ken adored his family and was especially proud of his two granddaughters. He was a long-time member of the Elks, VFW, Northern California Peace Officers Association, International Peace Officers Association, SIRS, El Dorado Hills Men's Golf Club, El Dorado Hills Cribbage Club and the El Dorado Hills Seniors Dine-Out Group. All will miss his captivating stories about his days as a detective with the Long Beach Police Department and the California Department of Justice. He is survived by his son, Kenneth D. O'Farrell, of Calistoga, CA, and his wife, Maryann; daughter, Lynne Whealton, of Pollock Pines, CA, and her husband, William; and granddaughters, Erin Whealton of Sacramento and Allison Whealton of Reno, NV. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in El Dorado Hills, CA. Graveside services will follow immediately at the Green Valley Mortuary/Cemetery in Rescue, CA. All are invited to celebrate Ken's life at the Elks Lodge in Shingle Springs, CA following the services.