Widely respected retired San Diego Police Department Captain Kenneth E. Moller passed away at home on the morning of November 5, 2013, after a two month valiant battle with melanoma of the abdomen.
Ken was born in Escondido on June 25, 1938, to Erik and Doris Moller. Raised in Newport Beach, he graduated from Newport Harbor High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Marines where he served five years.
During his last two years, he served as the youngest MCRD drill instructor (D.I.) that the Marine Corps had selected at the time.
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 involved managing and supervising numerous complex criminal investigations including criminal conspiracies, major undercover narcotics cases and over five years of homicide investigations. He retired as a captain after serving in over a dozen 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, Narcotics, Gangs, Auto Theft, Juvenile Special Investigations and Fugitives.
Ken earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and earned numerous law-enforcement-related accomplishments including graduating from the National FBI Academy.
After retirement, Ken became President of Heritage Security Company whose operations he expanded and modernized significantly, increasing the growth of the company.
Ken was a kind, compassionate, loving husband, father and grandfather (papa). He took great joy in restoring numerous collector cars over this lifetime. After several years he completed restoration of his 1957 Chevrolet Nomad which will transport 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 (Colleen) Moller and David Marlow; daughters, Janet (Sam) Moller-Tonne, Suzanne Moller and Aimee (Antony) Novom; and five grandchildren, Sarah, Julia, Grayson, Seth and Rena.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 11am at Community Presbyterian Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Interment will follow immediately at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121.
Published by Rancho Santa Fe Review from Nov. 8 to Dec. 7, 2013.