David E. Steele

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STEELE, David E. David E. Steele, born on August 29, 1944, in Kansas City, MO, passed away on March 2, 2013 in Los Angeles. He graduated from St. Pius X High School, North Kansas City, in 1962, and received a BA in Sociology from UCLA in 1966, an MS in Police Administration from CSULA in 1973, and teaching credentials for Secondary and Community College from CSULA in 1975. He served in the US Army Infantry from 1967-69 in South Korea, first as a tower guard in a nuclear storage area and then as a singer in an Army entertainment unit. After his honorable discharge, he spent time as a volunteer on a kibbutz in the Negev Desert, Israel. Upon his return to the U.S., apart from a few years as a Social Studies teacher for LAUSD, he worked in law enforcement: first as a project supervisor for IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police), then as a probation officer for LA County, a federal policeman for the VA and GSA, a customs inspector for USCS, and a State investigator for EDD and finally DMV where he spent the last 20 years. He was a top marksman and martial arts expert, writing 500 articles on military, police, and ordnance subjects for publications such as Soldier of Fortune, Blade, and Black Belt, as well as seven books. He was an accomplished tenor, an avid reader, and a seasoned traveler to Asia and Europe. In sum, he succeeded in living an interesting life. He is survived by his wife, Norma, daughter, Minnie, grandson, James, brother, Donald, and sister, Judith. A requiem mass will be said at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 24244 Newhall Avenue, Santa Clarita, California 91321, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy Centre, Bangkok, via www.mercycentreusa.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 10, 2013
David Eugene Steele
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