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Mountain Views News Saturday, May 5, 2012

Remembering Deputy Dave March…

Ten Years Later By Joan Schmidt

 April 29, 2012. Has it really been ten years since that fateful day when we lost our special 
deputy Dave March? It seems like yesterday. I was working in my Sixth Grade Classroom, but 
the sirens seemed endless and then Annunciation School went on lockdown. One call to Temple 
Station confirmed my biggest fear and worst nightmare. A coward, pulled over for a traffic 
violation, ended the life of a man loved and admired by many.

 In 1989, the Sheriff’s Department hired Deputy Dave March. After his graduation from 
the Academy, his custody assignment was Pitchess Honor Ranch, North Facility for five years. 
Deputy March was a “good friend, easy to talk to, outgoing and balanced.” At Pitchess, he saved 
a partner’s life. From there he went to Palmdale Station and then arrived at Temple Station, 
July 1, 2001, and after training was assigned to our area-57-the Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte 
Unincorporated area.

 Prior to his law enforcement career, he grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley, playing 
football and baseball for Canyon High School and longed for a career in law enforcement. 

 The day that Deputy Dave March was laid to rest is almost a blur to me. It was so upsetting 
and I tried to take some notes. Temple Station Commander was Captain Roberta Abner. She was 
in a patrol car followed by two busses with Temple Station Personnel and City/Town Council 
Members from areas served by Temple Station. I set with the Mayor Blanca Figueroa from South 
El Monte and we cried during the journey. Dave’s home town was out in support. The sidewalks 
were overflowing with people. There were salutes, thumbs-up, banners and posters for Dave and 
ALL law enforcement members. A six mile procession of law enforcement members from all 
over California followed us. It was unbelievable.

 The services were beautiful; Sheriff Lee Baca spoke first followed by Capatin Abner. I 
remember her words, “This is a time of sorrow and grief for us. In one horrific moment, our 
comrade, friend and hero was brutally murdered…that Monday morning is forever etched in 
our hearts.” 

 Deputy Jorge Zamora, the last to be trained under Dave recalled his sense of humor and 
his great love for his wife, Teri. He also said that everything he knew he learned from Dave.

 There were also doves released, helicopters flew overhead and a bagpipe rendition of taps. 
So many attended-family, friends, all personnel from Temple Station, our neighboring Police 
agencies and from all over California!

 At the end of services, the Sheriff gave Teri, Dave’s widow, the American flag. Chief Mike 
Brown from the Southern Division of the California Highway patrol assisted him. There were 
also a state flag from the Governor and Proclamations from the California Assembly and Senate.

A year later, there was a memorial at the Irwindale Speedway. The Sheriff spoke and promised 
justice would be done. Dave’s widow Teri, parents, John and Barbara and his sister, Erin also 
attended. Our Firemen from Station 169 as well as members of neighboring law enforcement 
agencies attended. A special “Thank You” to Irwindale Police Department for the beautiful 
memorial plaque on Live Oak Avenue a s attribute to Dave. They did this shortly after his 
untimely death. 

 The funeral photos I have were taken by retired Sheriff Photographer Buddy Fowler. I 
couldn’t. But I had forced myself to go to the site of where he died and took photos of the 
beautiful posters and flowers left by residents and our wonderful neighboring city police. They 
work with Temple Station and they too were very upset.

 This past Sunday, we were out of state (Wisconsin) on Dave’s 10th Anniversary. Temple 
Station held a special ceremony and Captain Nee spoke. For twenty-four hours, there was an 
honor guard and my daughter told a photo of the Honor Guard to share with all who could not 

 Dave’s murderer has been captured, but it doesn’t bring him back. Many officers die in 
the line of duty. Let’s not forget them and the sacrifice they and their families have made for our 

“What’s Going On?” 

News and Views from Joan Schmidt



who hasn’t 
been to the 
in the City 
of Industry 
has been 
missing a real 
treat! This 
weekend, May 5th and 6th, there 
is a Victorian Fair! There will 
be Music from the Philadelphia 
Quadrille Band, Dance 
demonstrations and lessons by 
the Yesteryear Dancers, High 
Wheelers Steven and Shaun 
Thomas on vintage bicycles, 
the Language of flowers with 
Nancie Filkins and the Historic 
house tours. Special events on 
Saturday include Victorian fashions presented 
by costumer extraordinaire Natalie Meyer, Pie-
eating contests, and talks about Victorian-
Era medicine by physicians from the Southern 
California Medical Museum. Sunday will feature 
an 1860’s baseball game, Louisa May Alcott, 
portrayed by Valerie Weich and Sherlock Holmes 
performed by the 14th Street Radio Players! 
Admission is free as usually is the case with the 
Homestead Museum’s special events! Victorian 
attire is encouraged.

 If you cannot come to the Victorian 
Fair, there are still are many reasons to visit the 
museum. It’s a place to explore the history of the 
Los Angeles region from the 1840’s when it was 
still part of Mexico, through the 1920’s, when 
Los Angeles was known around the world as a 
metropolitan city.

 The Homestead Museum encompasses 
six beautiful acres and actually has three sites to 
visit. The first is the Workman House. This was 
built by William (Don Julian) Workman who 
was born in England, but migrated to the states 
with his parents and his wife, Nicolasa (Urioste) 
Workman. Their quarters began as a simple 
3-room adobe, which was added on to as they 
prospered. By 1870, it had evolved into the now 
Victorian-style two story home, the Workman 

 The second site to visit is La Casa 
Nueve. (New house) This was built by Walter P. 
Temple. He is the son of FPF (Francis Phinias 
Fisk) Temple who came from Massachusetts and 
Antonia Workman; and he is the grandson of 
William (Don Julian) and Nicolasa Workman. 
Walter Temple and his wife Laura Gonzalez 
made a small fortune from an oil discovery. They 
repurchased seventy-five acres of the family’s 
original rancho, and commissioned LA architects 
Walter and Elsen to construct “La Casa Nueve”. It 
took five years to build the magnificent Spanish 
Colonial Revival Mansion, but they lived there 
only fifteen years.

 The last site is El Campo Santo, the 
cemetery. Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican 
California and many members of the Workmans 
and Temples are interred there.

 Free guided tours are available 
Wednesday through Sunday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 
and 4:00 p.m. There is also a designated picnic 
area with eight tables and a large koi pond. Once I 
met a woman who came during her lunch break-
it is such a beautiful peaceful area.

 For much information, please call (626) 
968-8492 or visit 



Station will broadcast live from Old TownMonrovia

 “KNX on Your Corner” will take an in-depth look at some of the foothill cities of the 
San Gabriel Valley on Friday, June 1 as part of KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO’s ongoing look at 
Southern California’s diverse regions.

KNX’s programming will focus on a group of communities set between the San Gabriel 
Mountains and the 210 Freeway in the 200 square mile valley: Sierra Madre, Monrovia, 
Duarte, Azusa, Bradbury and Glendora. A series of special features and news reports will 
examine the area’s rich history, including its transition from farmland to the suburban bedroom 
communities of today. Featured on-air guests throughout the day willinclude civic 
and business leaders.

News anchors Dick Helton and Vicky Moore will kick off the live broadcast from 5:00 
– 9:00am from the Monrovia Coffee Company at 425 Myrtle Avenue, in the heart of ld 
Town Monrovia. Frank Mottek will host the KNX Business Hour from 1 – 2:00pm and Jim 
Thornton and Diane Thompson will anchor KNX’s news coverage from 2 – 7:00pm. Free 
coffee will be offered throughout the event.

“KNX on Your Corner” is presented by The Monitoring Center. Complete details

are posted at

Pet Of The Week - ROSCOE: ANIMAL ID #A4414882

Meet the star pupil of the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, the young and intelligent, Roscoe 
(A4414882)! Roscoe is a well-socialized 
one-year-old black and brown male 
Shorthaired Chihuahua puppy who was 
found in El Monte on April 8th and brought 
to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. 
Weighing seven pounds, Roscoe has clearly 
had training – he walks beautifully on the 
leash and seems to be housebroken. This 
is a smart dog, ready and willing to learn 
even more. He is friendly and good with 
other dogs and has a moderate energy 
level. Roscoe will be the perfect pet for any 
household in any living situation at all – he 
is an absolute gem! To watch a video of the 
young and bright Roscoe please visit: www.

To meet Roscoe in person, please see him 
at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, 
located at 4275 N. Elton, Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (Phone: 626-430-2378 or 626-962-3577). He is 
currently available now. For any inquiries about Roscoe, please reference his animal ID number: 
A4414882. The shelter is open seven days a week, 12 pm-7 pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-5pm 
Friday-Sunday. This is a high-intake shelter with a great need for adoptions. 

For more information about Roscoe or the adoption process, contact United Hope for Animals 
Volunteer Adoption Coordinator Samantha at or 661-309-2674. To 
learn more about United Hope for Animals’ partnership with the Baldwin Park Shelter through its 
Shelter Support Program, as well as the many dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes available for adoption 
in local shelters, visit