HARRELL, John David
John David Harrell, 60 of LaVerne Ca passed away peacefully to be with God on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. He was born at US Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida, November 27, 1952, the son of John and Dorothy Jean Harrell. John David lived in Glendora and graduated from Glendora High School. He
attended Pasadena College now known as Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Ca. John joined the Los Angeles Police Department and served until his retirement after 30 years. He was a Command Pilot with the LAPD Air Support Division for the bulk of his service. John is survived by his devoted wife Kimberly, son James and wife Stacie, daughter Jill and husband Jose, Kim's daughters Sara and Lindsey. John also leaves his parents John and Dorothy Jean Harrell, sister Carol Downard and husband Michael, his brother Robert and wife Charlene, three grandchildren, Macie, Penny, Logan and a host of family and friends. John David was pre deceased by a brother James Harrell in 2010. The three Harrell sons chose Law Enforcement careers. They each selected aviation as their ultimate choice of service. John David led the way and brothers Jim and Bob followed his lead. As helicopter pilots John and Bob spent untold hours patrolling the skies over L.A. while Jim, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Paramedic traveled the skies performing rescues and searches from the Air Five Helicopter. John David's brother Bob is now the remaining active officer and continues the tradition of manning the skies over Los Angeles.
A Memorial Service for John David will be conducted on Saturday, January 12, at 1:30pm at the Glendora Community Nazarene Church on the corner of Grand and Sierra Madre Avenues in Glendora, Ca. Join us in celebrating the memories and accomplishments of John David as we express our support for his wife and family.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 6, 2013