John Clyde Land
1931 - 2021
BORN
1931
DIED
2021
John Clyde Land

October 12, 1931 - August 22, 2021

John Clyde Land, of Yuma, passed away on August 22, 2021, at age 89, in Tucson, Arizona.

John Land was blessed with a supportive family, great friends, and a devotion to the law. Right after high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Korean War, and at the age of 22, he began his journey in the pursuit of justice. Starting his career at the St. Louis Police Department, he went on to serve in the US Border Patrol, US Customs, US Immigration, and finally, the first DEA class in the country. He received his pilots license in Yuma, Arizona. He then transferred to Douglas, Arizona, and onward to Manhattan, New York, where he was dedicated to the war on drugs. Retiring in Yuma at age 52, it was his goal to play golf every day from then on until he grew tired of it... which he did for the next thirty-plus years.

His life with Alice was adventurous and took them to places all over the country. John and Alice were soul mates, married a glorious sixty years. Their relationship was genuine in all aspects of love, joy, and respect. John Land was a fair and honorable man, liked and loved by many. He preached that telling your story truthfully meant you would never have to memorize it. When asked if he could do his life all over again, what would he have changed: he paused, I would not have changed a thing. It's been a wonderful life. Cheers to you, John!

John was born in Bourbon, Missouri, at his home, to Jack and Caroline Land. He had one brother (Ed) and one sister (Barbara Lou).

John is predeceased by his wife (Alice) and is survived by his sons Tony (Lynette) and Tom Land (Carolyn), daughter Karen Land King (Jay Marr), grandchildren: Jennifer, Tyler (Jaclyn), Mara and John Thomas Land, Lindsay and Karli King, great-granddaughters Azalea King and Elizabeth Land.

We are forever grateful to Heartland Hospice, Arturo Murillo and the staff at Emerine Hills Assisted Living for their excellent care and compassion.

Celebration of life TBD.

Contact - Karen King,

6240 N. Celery Place, Tucson, AZ 85741

or [email protected]

I have fought the good fight, I have finished

the race, I have kept the faith.

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Published by Yuma Sun on Sep. 19, 2021.
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John was a man that I always respected and enjoyed working with. He was a man that I would have followed anywhere at anytime. He was a professional in his work and respected by all.
Larry Wheeler
Work
September 25, 2021
It was a privilege to know John, for my whole life no less, as he and my father worked together back in the Border Patrol days. What I appreciate the most are the stories he would share about those times with my Dad on patrol, and all the wonderful times spent with the entire Land family. And boy did he love golf, wish I could have played more with he and Alice. The Hite Family is thinking of you all.
Bob Hite
Friend
September 21, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
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Karen Land King
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Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Thank you for all of the kind words.
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
Karen Land King
Family
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Karen Land King
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Karen Land King
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Karen Land King
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Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
A few pictures to share. Thank you everyone for your kindness.
Karen Land King
Family
September 20, 2021
I worked with John at Customs/DEA. He was a great person and fun to work with. He will be missed by all who knew him! My sympathies to his children and families.
Terri Kido
Work
September 20, 2021
John was the first DEA Agent I met in Yuma, and from that day forward I had the utmost respect for him as a dedicated law enforcement officer and first class person. My sympathy and support to the family.
Bill Ball
September 19, 2021
Knew John while assigned to the U.S. Customs Patrol Office in Douglas, AZ.. Respected working relationship but unfortunately no real social contact. In those days, 1975, there was not much time to socialize. Rest In Peace.
William Riddle
September 19, 2021
John was a wonderful guy, miss you my friend. RIP.
Bill Penny
September 19, 2021
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