DETECTIVE CARL E. "GENE" ERICSON
SDPD 12/17/1941 - 08/31/1952
1918 - 10/31/1991
Carl Eugene Ericson, a retired Juvenile Court referee and former member of the police department, died of cancer Oct. 31 in his Scripps Ranch home after a brief illness. He was 73.
Mr. Ericson was known for his sense of humor, his interest in youth and his love for his work in the Juvenile Court.
He was active in the community and was active in the Masonic Order, where he was a member of Lodge 35 and of Al Bahr Shrine. He was director of the Royal Order of Jesters for the shrine. In addition to Masonic groups, he also was a member of Elks Lodge 168. Mr. Ericson was born in Ong, Neb., and studied at the University of Nebraska. He came to San Diego in 1936 to become an announcer for radio station KGB.
In 1940, he and his wife, Virginia, were married in Brooklyn Heights Presbyterian Church in San Diego.
He left KGB in 1941 and joined the San Diego Police Department. He served in the juvenile division and as a motorcycle officer and detective.
While with the Police Department, he completed courses at SDSU to earn his bachelor's degree and then studied at the University of San Diego Law School. He graduated from law school in 1960.
He left the Police Department, passed the state bar examination and entered private practice.
Mr. Ericson was appointed referee in the Juvenile Court in 1967. The position of referee is much the same as that of judge in other jurisdictions. The referee wears the judge's robes, hears cases and makes decisions.
He retired in 1983.
Mr. Ericson was active in the San Diego Bar Association and the Retired Police and Firemen's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; their daughter, Judith Sanders, and a brother, Willard Ericson, all of San Diego.
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