Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Bishop, Sheriff's Deputy Remembered
LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA -- LDS Bishop David Alan Fletcher Sr. was
remembered in funeral services on Thursday, August 24th for his
service to others both through the LDS Church and through his work as
a sheriff's deputy in Los Angeles county. Fletcher was bishop of the
Quartz Hill Ward of the LDS Church and worked with the North County
Family Crimes Bureau assisting abused children when he died Saturday,
August 19th at his home. He was 44.
Church members filed the Quartz Hill Ward's chapel to overflowing,
and the standingroom-only congregation included other sheriff's
deputies, lawyers and boy scout leaders. Among those attending the
service were Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca and Lancaster Vice
Mayor Henry Hearns.
At the funeral, Lancaster Stake President Douglas W. Pulsipher noted
the difference between Fletcher's working life and his church life.
"What a dichotomy," he said. While Fletcher worked with the youth at
church, he also worked with children, abused children, in his working
Before he joine the North County Family Crimes Bureau in Lancaster,
where he was considered one of the four best officers in the bureau
of 40, Fletcher had worked with the substance abuse narcotics
education program, teaching school children about the dangers of drug
and alcohol abuse.
In the Church Fletcher was a Boy Scout leader and worked with the
youth. He married his wife, Barbara after meeting her at Church and
baptizing her a member. Married in 1974, they were sealed in the Los
Angeles Temple a year later. Now a widow with eight children, Barbara
will have "the opportunity to spend eternity with her sweetheart,"
said President Pulsipher.
According to Pulsipher, the Department of Family Services, Lancaster
East office, established a college scholarship in Fletcher's name.
Life of deputy, bishop remembered
Palmdale CA Antelope Valley Press 25Aug00 P2
By Sal Chavez: Valley Press Staff Writer