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Dean Menart

Menart, Dean

Dean Menart, age 46 of Diamond Bar, California, passed away Friday, September 27, 2013 surrounded by his loving family and friends. His battle with cancer lasted nearly two years, during which time he continued his service to the citizens of El Monte, California as a Sergeant with that city's police department up until the last few months of his life. He is survived by his wife, Karla Warren-Menart, his mother, Joanne LaPuglia of Pahrump, Nevada, his sisters Dawn Greene of Pahrump, Nevada and Jeannette Pryor of Chico, California, his uncle John Menart of Glendora, California as well as his uncle Richard Menart of Las Vegas, Nevada and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Dean was born November, 2 1966 in San Gabriel, California. He attended Charter Oak High in Covina, California. After graduating high school in 1984 he worked for a time as a dispatcher for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department and he ultimately graduated from the L.A. County Sheriff's Academy in 1989. He soon thereafter joined the Hermosa Beach Police Department, starting as a patrolman and working his way up to detective. While he enjoyed the beach life, he yearned for more meaningful police work, so he joined El Monte Police Department where he remained employed the rest of his life. In between his busy professional life and settling down with his wife Karla, who he married in 1999, he managed to graduate with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He later returned to the University of La Verne and earned a Master's Degree in 2007. In between college degrees he completed the rigorous Master Instructor Development Program (MIDP) sponsored by the Commission on Police Officer's Standards and Training in 2006. Dean was one of only 220 Police Officers throughout California to earn this certificate.

Dean was quick with a clever joke and known for his companionship. But, more than that, he was known as a rock of Gibraltar, one who could be relied upon by his family, friends and colleagues in any circumstance. He was stalwart. His was a steady compass and all of life's challenges were evaluated and judged by this compass. Yet, he was reluctant to pass judgment on others who might not be blessed with such constancy. He was the quintessential foxhole buddy who would be there for his family and friends to listen, offer sage advice and defend them if necessary. This gift of humanity was not one of studied earnestness, rather it came to him naturally and people were drawn to him for this quality. He was a brother, both literally and figuratively, a husband, a son and a friend in the deepest sense.

He was an accomplished chef and many friends and family were the lucky beneficiaries of this accomplishment. He was passionate about the Los Angeles Angels, the Kansas City Chiefs, a good road trip, boating, his dogs and more than anything else his family and friends.

Dean lived a life of gratitude; never taking for granted that which he cherished. And in his battle with cancer he taught us all how to pass from this life to the next with grace and dignity.

Services were held at Calvary Chapel on Friday, October 4, 2013.

Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Oct. 27, 2013
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