JL White, 89, passed away to be with his Lord and Savior March 5, 2017 at the Gardens of Sun City. Mr. White was born Nov. 23, 1927 in Rocky, Okla., to Jesse and Ila White. He served his country in the United States Army, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion.
After an honorable discharge from the service, he relocated to Glendale, where he joined the Glendale Police Department. He again served his community and department for 32 years. He rose through the ranks from Patrolman, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Administrative Captain (second in command). He was one of the first officers from GPD selected to attend the 91st session of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.
After retiring from Glendale Police Department, he was elected Justice of the Peace for Glendale Justice Court, where he was re-elected to three terms in office. He was the first charter president of the Kachina Rotary Club of Glendale and served on the board of directors of the Glendale Salvation Army. He was also a Deacon at First Southern Baptist Church of Glendale.
He was married to the love of his life, Donna (Miller) White, for 65 years. They raised five children.
Mr. White is survived by his wife, Donna; son, Michael (Sheila) White; daughter, Karen (David) Hess; daughter, Pam (Jason) Holcomb; daughter, Kim (Bill) McTee; and brother, Larry (Carolyn) White, of Texas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He also had many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Ila; sisters, Dortha and Ricky; and son, Steven.
Visitation and funeral were held March 10 at First Southern Baptist Church at Sahuaro Ranch 10250 N. 59th Ave. Interment followed at Glendale Memorial Cemetery 7844 N. 61st Ave. Family suggests donations be made to the 100 Club of Arizona, which supports families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.menkefuneralhome.com.