Services for Thomas E. Stotler, 78, of Mission Beach, will be at 1:30 p.m.  Thursday in Pacific Beach Mortuary.  Cremation was planned, with ashes to be  scattered at sea.  He died Thursday in a hospital.

Mr. Stotler was born in Poway and lived in the county all his life.  He was a retired police officer, serving  the San Diego Police Department for 39 years.

In 1929 he was the first person appointed to the lifeguard service and patrolled Mission Beach and La Jolla  Cove.  He was a graduate of San Diego High School.

Survivors include his wife, Lyone, and a son, Edward of El Cajon. The family suggested donations to the Liaison League Inc., P.O. Box 301, La Mesa, 92041 
POLICE LIFEGUARD/OFFICER THOMAS STOTLER
BADGE 110 & 130
SDPD 06/01/1928 - 01/29/1968
06/07/1908 - 09/28/1986
THE THIN BLUE LINE