A Lynnwood Police reserve officer died this week after a months-long fight with cancer, officials announced Thursday.
Mark San Diego, 62, served for 24 years as a reserve officer — a position that comes with only a small stipend, said Shannon Sessions, a spokeswoman for the department. For the past eight years, until he recently retired to focus on fighting cancer, San Diego served as a Marshal at Snohomish County Court House.
“We lost a great public servant in Mark San Diego,” said Sgt. Dave Hayes, the supervisor there, in a news release. “He was funny, full of life and loved what he was doing.”
A former combat Marine in Vietnam, San Diego was respected and well-liked by many in the Lynnwood Police Department, Chief Steven Jensen said in a news release.
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“His death is a sad event in the lives of all City and Lynnwood Police Department staff,” Jensen said. “He will be missed and remembered with fondness and respect.”
San Diego is survived by mother Betty, wife Teresa, sons Mike and Mark, daughter Lisa and her husband Mike and a grandson.