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Walter D. Burleson, Jr. (1933-2014), of Burke, VA. passed peacefully at his home on July 13, 2014. Born September 23, 1933 in Mosquero, NM, he is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Catherine; his sister Sandra (Jim); his five children Paul (Teresa), Steven (Julie), Robert (Brenda), Rebecca (Randall), and Laura; his niece Robin (Kurt); and his 13 grandchildren; Kelly, Sara, Michael, Kate, Alex, Rick, Haley, Aubree, Layna, Reagan, Natalie, Catherine and Callan. In the late 1950's he attended the San Jose Police School and served as Chief of Staff. In 1959 he graduated from San José State. He served in local law enforcement and became a polygraph examiner before starting a career with the Inspector General's Office of the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the early 1970's. He retired from government service in 1993. As his wife Cathy noted, "He was a man that totally enjoyed his work. It showed in the results of his efforts." Internment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery. The family encourages contributions to be made to a charity of choice.
Joseph DeSoto (1925-2014) passed away peacefully at home, April 29, 2014, with his family by his side. Mr. DeSoto was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 23, 1925. He was a resident of Milpitas for 52 years. Mr. DeSoto attended public schools in Honolulu. The attack on Pearl Harbor ended his high school career prematurely as he joined the Pearl Harbor Fire Department in early December 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942. Aboard ship he saw combat in the Philippines and repatriated Japanese prisoners of war from China. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was an Army Reservist from 1948—58 as a first lieutenant, military police. The GI Bill enabled Mr. DeSoto to graduate from San Jose State University with a major in Administration of Justice-Criminal Law. There he was a member of the Chi Pi Sigma Police Fraternity and a competitive boxer on the varsity boxing team. His career in worker's compensation spanned 35 years at Transport Indemnity, Fidelity Surety, CNA, Transamerica, CIGNA, with 21 years at Fireman's Fund Insurance, San Jose. He was a Master Mason and Sciots, and a member of the Boots & Bloomers Square Dance Club of Milpitas. In retirement, he worked part time for Stanford University as security event personnel for 15 years, and as a county election precinct clerk and inspector. He frequented Mil's Diner and the local Denny's, he enjoyed all sports, especially golf, football and horseshoes. Mr. DeSoto was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha DeSoto of Castro Valley, his beloved wife of 52 years, Louise, and his oldest son, Syd. He is survived by his son and caregiver, Carl, of Milpitas: his daughter Sylvia Lindgren, son-in-law Brian Lindgren, and two grandsons, Caleb and Adam Lindgren, all of the Seattle area; his sister, Virginia Cook of Alabama; and his brother, Roger DeSoto of Union City; and "adopted daughter" (foreign exchange student), Tomoe Fujimoto of Tokyo, Japan. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Moses "Moe" Arispe Leon (1936-2014) of Tucson, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014. Moe was born May 31, 1936 in New York City. He graduated from San Jose City college with an A.A. Degree, and his Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from San José State University, he also studied at Bethany College and the University of Santa Clara in California. Moe Taught Justice Studies at Pima College for 20 Years. He retired from PCC in 1999, having taught hundreds of students who chose law enforcement and related occupations as their career. Moe also served 27 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a volunteer "Week-end Warrior." Preceded in death by his wife Alice, and son, Aljandro (Hondo), he is survived by his brother, John (Suzanne) Leon, and sister, Lydia (Richard) Daino; six nieces and nephews and a very dear friend companion and caregiver, Carmine. [condolences]