Michael James Maas, 54, of San Diego, formerly of Quincy, died Jan. 8, 2014.
Michael was born Nov. 5, 1959, in Quincy, to his late mother, Charlene, and father, Richard, who is currently living in Kearney, Mo.
Michael attended Quincy Notre Dame High School. After high school he attended Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Illinois-Champaign, where he excelled in law enforcement studies. Michael went on to obtain his bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University-California in 2007.
In 1979, Michael completed police academy training and joined the Quincy Police Department, where he served his hometown community with honor and dedication.
Michael went on to pursue his law enforcement career in California and completed California Highway Patrol Academy training in 1982. For the next 29 years, Michael would excel in the CHP, achieving numerous awards for his exemplary performance, dedication and service to his community.
Michael's career as a CHP officer began in San Francisco, then San Juan Capistrano, Malibu and as public affairs officer Southern Division. As a CHP sergeant, Michael served the communities of West Los Angeles and El Cajon. Michael continued his service with honor to his community within the CHP. As a CHP lieutenant, he served the communities of Indio, Oceanside, Border Division, San Gorgonio and San Diego.
He was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Michael is survived by his partner, Jesse Guerra; his father, Richard Maas and his wife, Joanie, of Kearney, Mo.; stepbrother, Shawn Russell of Elgin, S.C.; and countless members within the CHP, many community leaders and numerous friends.
"To live on in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." -- Thomas Campbell
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel on the grounds of Calvary Cemetery, 1730 N. 18th.
, in memory of Michael James Maas.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.