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Donald L Roberts

October 7, 1937 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 82)

Obituary

Donald L. Roberts, age 82, of Ferryville, WI went to be with THE GOOD LORD on Friday, June12, 2020. Don was a proud and private man.  He loved God, family and country.  He loved to golf, play cards, go fishing and spend time with his family.  At the age of 18, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He trained in boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California, Camp Le June in North Carolina and cold weather training in Kodiak, Alaska.  Don also spent time in Okinawa, Japan.  He worked as a helicopter mechanic, military police, and during the Vietnam War, he was transferred to Chicago, Illinois to be a recruiter.  He proudly served his country for 12 years as a Marine, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” When Don was 31, he moved to Los Angeles, California to become a police officer for the LAPD.  Don was very tenacious in tracking down criminals as his Brothers in blue nick named him “the Little General”.  Don loved his job as a police officer and became a Detective II before his retirement in 1988.  He protected and served the people of Los Angeles for 20 years.  He was the only police officer in the history of the LAPD to have served in the same division (Rampart) for his entire career.  Don was well known for his unique sense of humor.  He could rattle off one-liners at the snap of a finger. 

He is survived by his “soul mate” and loving wife Marilyn, daughter Kirsten, son Kirk, and stepson Jared.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren – April, Amanda, Justin, James, Jimmy, Austin and Samantha; 6 great-grandchildren – Crystal, Daniel, Cameron, Autumn, Dean and Skylar.  He was preceded in death by an infant brother William, his infant son Justin Dean, his parents and his brother Theodore. 

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  It’s “the end of your watch” Don, go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done.  Blessed be your memory.  

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