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James Frederick "Fred" Bowman

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James Frederick "Fred" Bowman Obituary

James Frederick Bowman (Fred), 86, of Yuba City, passed away in the early hours of December 21, 2016. At his bedside was his wife of 26 years, Jean Hatfield-Bowman.

Fred led an amazing and very successful, interesting life ... he loved music, law enforcement, teaching, humor, and basically having fun. His love of jazz was embedded in his soul ... it was part of who he was. He tried a variety of activities - fishing, hunting, horsemanship, golf, skiing, scuba diving (he loved the ocean), gardening, ranching, and let's not forget the ballroom dancing ... suffice it to say, he was up for anything.

Fred was born in Pattonsburg, MO, on June 19, 1930. Shortly thereafter, he moved with his mother to Southern California. He attended Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, CA and later attended El Camino College. Prior to El Camino College, he enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in Germany, where he was a member of the 7788 Army Band (Frankfurt) and the 423rd Army Band (Command Post). In addition, he was a member of a Jazz Combo. Upon his return and discharge from the Army in 1949, he attended El Camino College and was again active in the music arena - he had the pleasure of knowing and playing with Chet Baker, the renowned American Jazz Trumpeter and Vocalist. In February of 1950, he enlisted in the Naval Air Reserve and his unit was activated in response to the Korean War - he had to report to active duty in mid 1950 and was stationed out of Japan while overseas. He returned to Southern California in August 1951 and was then stationed in Washington State for a while prior to being ordered to inactive reserve duty, whereupon he returned to Southern California. He returned to El Camino and a job at North American Aircraft and was eventually hired on as a Hermosa Beach Police Officer in 1954.

Fred had a successful law enforcement career with many highlights and milestones. He started as a rookie patrolman and by 1956 was a motorcycle officer. In 1963, he received a new four legged partner, Falken. They were both involved in an intensive training program prior to participating in a pilot police canine program, on call 24/7. Always, a dog lover, this was a partnership made in heaven - Fred had the utmost respect and love for Falken and his abilities, and was one of the highlights of his career. Ultimately, Fred was made a detective and later Chief of Detectives. He was a police officer that was truly there to protect and serve ... always trying to help where he could.

In 1968, Fred left Southern California to take the next step in his career as Chief of Police of Wheatland, CA. While there, he started teaching part-time at Yuba College. After making a difficult decision to leave active law enforcement, he accepted an offer to teach full-time at Yuba College in 1970 - again putting his unique stamp on the program and developing the department into a successful and thriving Administration of Justice program. He also developed and ran a program training FBI agents in the art of Homicide Investigations during the summer months, and later participated in a program in Puerto Rico to train El Salvadoran police officers in homicide investigations. Also, he had been active with Yuba County Sheriff's Posse and was a past vice president of the California Criminal Justice Educators Association.

In addition to the Administration of Justice Program, Fred was an active supporter of other Yuba College and community programs. He developed and taught the Firearms and Firearms Safety programs, as well as the Scuba Diving program; and, you could not keep him away from the Athletics Department - helping coach football and golf. He was, also, very involved in and dedicated to the annual Rodeo and various Rodeo activities. Music was not forgotten, either - he was a member of a local jazz combo sharing his love of music in Marysville and Yuba City.

During his time at Yuba College, Fred's dedication to serve this Country never wavered - he continued his service in the Naval Reserves - joining on as an Assistant Training Officer with the Pacific Fleet Detachment 520 at the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Sacramento - he was promoted to Chief Legalman.

Fred retired from both, Yuba College and the Naval Reserves, in 1993.

Fred was very proud, as well, of his lifetime membership with the Elks Lodge, becoming a member in Southern California and, most recently, with the Marysville Elks Lodge.

During his "retirement" years, he worked as a private investigator for several attorneys, and worked for a company tasked with performing background security clearance investigations. He also continued on in service to his community, helping with the football program at Marysville High School.

Fred enjoyed his life, his family, and his many adventures. He was loved by all and made an impact on all who knew him and many he did not even know. He left a void and will be greatly missed.

Fred leaves his wife, Jean Hatfield-Bowman; his children, Jerry Bowman, Morna Bowman Rouse, Chuck Bowman, Christel Mitchell, and Frank Bowman; his stepchildren, Philip Hatfield and Hope De Alba, and his beloved grandchildren and great grandchild.

The Trident Society will be handling arrangements - Fred's ashes will be scattered at sea, as was his wish.

There will be a gathering to celebrate his life at the home of Jean Hatfield-Bowman in Yuba City, on January 14, 2017, at 11:00am.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, 2017
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