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David Gary Maiten
July 18, 1943 – November 29, 2013
Gary was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in states along the eastern coast throughout his early life. He graduated from Hackensack High School and attended Farleigh Dickenson University before relocating to Torrance, California with his family in 1963. Gary continued college at Cal State Long Beach and was awarded a Bachelors degree in Accounting. In 1967, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer in Seal Beach, California. In 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army where he served as an MP in Washington D.C. He then served a year in Korea as a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) agent, investigating felonies.
After discharge from the army in 1970, Gary returned to SBPD. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1974 and Lieutenant in 1977. His family life was also busy as he and his wife, Terry, welcomed three daughters, Jennifer in 1971, and Ruth and Rachel in 1976. Gary loved spending time on his sailboat, although with three little ones he opted for a safer pastime and switched family outings to trips in their travel trailer. He also fell in love with two Great Danes that he rescued and would include them on camping trips.
In 1984, Gary married Jill and they resided in a mobile home in Seal Beach with Jennifer, Ruth and Rachel, a Great Dane, cat, parrot and desert tortoise. It was a crowded and busy household! Gary was promoted to Captain in January 1988, and in August the family moved to a much larger home in Garden Grove. Gary and Jill continued to rescue and raise Great Danes over the next 25 years. They decided to "downsize" and rescued Bree, an English Mastiff, in 2008 (only 110 pounds). She remained his constant companion.
In 1999, Gary completed his Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Science: Negotiation and Conflict Management. Regrettably, after 33 years as a police officer, Gary had to retire on July 4, 2000, due to hearing loss from unprotected noise exposure at the shooting range in the early years of his career. On July 5, 2000, he became a consultant for the Garden Grove Police Department, developing and managing their privatized jail and overseeing their fleet. He frequently was included in coffee sessions with the detectives, and actually helped solve a few cases with his knowledge and contact history. For the next 13 years he looked forward to going to his closet-sized office at GGPD where he worked and interacted with his new police family. He frequently said that he was so happy to have been recruited by GGPD and honored that he was always treated with great respect.
Since 2000, Gary and Jill enjoyed annual vacations in Hawaii, interrupted a few times for adventures to the Baltic Sea, Alaska and the east coast. On July 1, 2013, Gary ended his contract with the City of Garden Grove due to health reasons. After 46 years in law enforcement it was time for Gary to lead a leisurely life and enjoy his grandchildren, as well as spend more time with Jill, his wife of 29 years. Sadly, he didn't have as much time with them as he had wanted. Gary leaves behind a legacy that he can be proud of and one that his family will always cherish.
Gary will be missed by many friends whose lives he touched. He is survived by his wife, Jill, mother, Irma, sister, Rochelle, three daughters, Jennifer (Jay), Ruth (Hobbs) and Rachel (Dale), and his grandchildren Melanie, Michael, Zoe, Alison, Sean and Cody. He also will be missed by his father- and mother-in-law, brothers- and sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
The above information is from details which were online here at the time of posting.