ASSISTANT CHIEF DAVID M. WORDEN
BADGE 50, 190 & 915, ID 2067
SDPD 07/05/1960 - 02/02/1998
01/27/1943 - 10/05/2014
On Sunday, October 4, David M. Worden, retired Assistant Chief for San Diego Police
Dept., lost his two-and-a-half year battle with cancer. His service with SDPD began on July 5, 1960, as a Police Cadet, just two weeks after graduating high school, when he was 17 years old. During his three years as a Cadet, he worked in almost every department. He entered the police academy on February 14, 1964, graduated, and was sworn in as an officer in May of that same year.
During his 37 and a half years of service, he continued to rise in rank, eventually being promoted to Assistant Chief in 1991. Along the way, and during his long tenure with the Department, he gained the respect and reputation as a man of extreme honesty, fairness and integrity. After retiring from SDPD in 1998, he accepted a position as the Chief of Police for the San Diego Community College District; again, working to make enduring improvements that greatly benefited the department and the community of whom they served.
He ultimately retired from that position in July of 2006, once again leaving a lasting impression and legacy, "Serving with Integrity," which is still proudly displayed on the District's patrol vehicles. He subsequently took a part-time position with the State Post Management Dept., instructing and helping to coordinate mandatory classes for officers being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He continued until illness forced him to resign. His life meant something to many people, but none more than his loving family.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Anita.
He was a dedicated and loving Dad to his daughters Wendi (deceased), Tracey Worden, Libby Robertson (Les), and Allison DeBow (Evan).
He was a beloved Papa to grandchildren Danielle, Madison, Parker, Spencer and Avery, and great- granddaughter Aspen.
Dave will forever be remembered by all that knew and loved him as the best husband, Dad, Papa and friend that anyone could ask for. He will be loved, missed and his memory treasured forever. Funeral services held Friday, October 10, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, 1535 Third Avenue.
Promoted to Sergeant 05/14/1971
Promoted to Lieutenant 01/18/1974
Promoted to Captain 03/02/1984
Promoted to Commander 10/03/1988
Promoted to Assistant Chief of Police 08/15/1991