Deceased Name: Diego C. Lacangan, 32; San Diego police officer
Services for Diego C. Lacangan, an award-winning San Diego police officer who was killed Saturday in a sky-diving accident, are scheduled at 10 a.m. today at Immaculata Catholic Church at the University of San Diego.
Mr. Lacangan, 32, was a native of Coronado and a lifelong resident of San Diego County.
He died off duty, when his parachute failed on a sky-diving expedition at Brown Field in Otay Mesa.
In 1988, Mr. Lacangan was the first recipient of the Jerry Hartless Spirit Award, given to the San Diego Police Academy cadet who best exemplifies the leadership and inspirational qualities of Jerry Hartless.
Mr. Hartless was a rookie officer in the San Diego Police Department when he was shot and killed while on duty in 1988.
Mr. Lacangan was a member of the southern division's Border Crime Intervention Unit and a member of SWAT. He served as a defensive tactics instructor at the police academy and was a member of the department's honor guard.
Mr. Lacangan joined the police department after his discharge from the Marine Corps, in which he had been a drill instructor. He re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1989, attaining the rank of sergeant and serving in the Persian Gulf War.
A former varsity wrestler at Montgomery High School in South San Diego, he was an avid sportsman. Mr. Lacangan attained black belt status in Chinese kenpo karate, taught karate for more than 15 years and enjoyed running, cycling, swimming, scuba diving and sky diving. He is survived by his wife, Nylie Afuyog; his parents, Domingo and Avelina Lacangan, of San Diego; two sisters, Avelina, of Vista, and Ellie, of Point Loma; and two brothers, Domingo Jr. and Ed, both of San Diego.
The family suggests donations to Toys for Tots or the San Diego Humane Society.
OFFICER DIEGO LACANGAN
BADGE 3728, ID 4292
SDPD 11/20/1987 - 12/03/1994
10/13/1962 - 12/03/1994
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