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Kenneth E. Moller


1938 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Moller, Kenneth E. 06/25/1938 ~ 11/05/2013 SAN DIEGO SANTA LUZ -- Widely respected retired San Diego Police Department Captain Kenneth E. Moller passed away at home on November fifth, after a two month valiant battle with melanoma of the abdomen. Ken was born in Escondido to Erik and Doris Moller. Raised in Newport Beach, he graduated from Newport Harbor High School and then enlisted in the US Marines where he served five years, including two years as the youngest MCRD drill instructor (D.I.) that the Marine Corps had selected. After the Marines, he joined the San Diego Police Department as a patrol officer. His first assignment was walking the tough Broadway beat with its colorful and rambunctious crowds. He rose rapidly in the department eventually being assigned to supervise the Patrol Planning Unit at a critical time in the history of the SDPD. As head of patrol planning, Ken oversaw the development of numerous features of law enforcement that are now taken for granted such as: computerized phone and dispatch systems; the first 9-1-1 system in the country; still the only shared records system (ARJIS) in the nation; and the reorganization and decentralization of the SDPD into divisions to better serve the neighborhoods. Ken's career also involved leading complex criminal investigations including criminal conspiracies, major undercover narcotics cases and over five years of homicide investigation. He retired as a captain after serving in many important positions at SDPD including Field Operations Captain where he managed the Canine, Air Support, Horse Mounted Patrol, Watch Commanders, Evidence Technicians and Reserves, Patrol Captain serving as Commanding Officer Central Division and Detective Captain where he managed Vice, Gangs, Narcotics, Auto Theft, Juvenile Special Investigations and Fugitives. Ken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and numerous law-enforcement-related accomplishments including graduating from the National FBI Academy. After retirement, Ken became President of Heritage Security Services where he expanded and modernized operations, while dramatically growing the company. In 2012, Heritage was sold to Universal Protection Service where Ken continued as the leader of the San Diego Region. Ken was a kind, compassionate, loving husband, father and grandfather (Papa). He took great joy in restoring collector cars including the restoration of his 1957 Chevrolet Nomad which will drive the grandchildren to his final resting place. Our love for him will be with us forever and his spirit will forever shine in our hearts. Ken is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen, sons Mike Moller (wife Colleen) and David Marlow, daughters Janet Moller-Tonne (husband Sam), Suzanne Moller and Aimee Novom (husband Antony) and five grandchildren: Sarah, Julia, Grayson, Seth, and Rena. Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, November 13th at the Community Presbyterian Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Immediately following the service, a Police motorcade will provide escort to the interment at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road San Diego. Donations in Ken's memory may be made to the San Diego County Crime Stoppers, where Ken served on the board for 18 years.
Published in U-T San Diego from Nov. 9 to Nov. 15, 2013
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