WHITMAN, Kenneth L.
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend Kenneth L. Whitman was born in Rochester, NY on August 29, 1943, and passed away peacefully at home on October 12, 2012 following a courageous battle with melanoma cancer.
Ken is survived by his wife Mary (Crouch), son Thaddeus (Stacy) Crouch, daughter Heather (J.R.) Gendreau, son John Whitman, brother Eric (Charlotte) Whitman, grandchildren Paige and Bryce Crouch, and Brooke, Shelby, and Bridget Gendreau, and numerous extended family and friends.
Ken's professional life spanned public safety with a career in law enforcement in New York and California, and a career as a volunteer fire fighter with the Rocklin Fire Department.
Beginning in 1965, Ken served as a Deputy Sheriff in Monroe County, NY and as a police officer with the Town of Brighton, NY. He joined the Garden Grove, CA Police Department in 1977 and rose to the ranks of Master Police Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He served as the CALEA accreditation manager and explorer/cadet coordinator at Garden Grove PD.
While a police officer, Ken was also an adjunct instructor at the Regional Justice Training Center in Rochester, NY, and Golden West Community College, Costa Mesa, CA. He served on the criminal justice advisory board at Golden West College.
In 1990, Ken accepted a position as Senior Consultant with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). At POST, Ken was the manager of the Assembly Concurrent Resolution 58 (ACR 58) Project that created the foundation for a statewide network of regional law enforcement skills training centers and the development of electronic driving simulators for driver training- He was promoted to Bureau Chief in 1993 and managed both the Basic Training Bureau and the Center for Leadership Development. He also served as chair of the annual United Way Campaign and developed statewide leadership symposia. Ken retired in 2005 but continued to work at POST in the Homeland Security Training Program. In that capacity he directed the development and delivery of the innovative Tactical Medicine and Terrorism Liaison Officer training courses. Ken was primarily responsible for the management and coordination of homeland security grant funds and delivery of training courses statewide.
In 1992, Ken joined the Rocklin Fire Department as a volunteer and, over 20 years, rose to the rank of Lieutenant. Ken was known in the department as 'a natural for public service who gets it' in understanding the meaning of service and safety for the community. Ken was known for his willingness to take on any task. He devoted significant time to preparing applications for grant funding and drafting clear and specific policies for the department. He is considered to be instrumental in the Department's success in obtaining grant funding to acquire a foam unit and a mass decontamination unit. Most important to Ken was his involvement in the K-Kids Christmas shopping program, his role as 'Santa Claus on the fire truck' throughout the city of Rocklin, and his role in the City's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ken described the Easter egg hunt as 'the most exciting 3 minutes in Rocklin.' On October 11, the Fire Department honored Ken with Rocklin Fire Department Legacy Award. The award is presented to an individual who over an extended period of years provided dedicated, exemplary service to the Rocklin Fire Department and the City of Rocklin.
When not pursuing his dual careers in public safety, Ken greatly enjoyed traveling with Mary, and his children and grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1950 Junction Blvd. (Junction & Baseline), Roseville, on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in memory of Ken to the Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation or the Fire fighters' Burn Institute.
Published by The Sacramento Bee from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2012.