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Donald Cleaves

Donald Cleaves

Sunday, January 23rd, 1944 Friday, October 4th, 2019

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Obituary for Donald Richard Cleaves

Donald R. Cleaves passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 in Dallas, Oregon. He was 75.
Don was born on January 23, 1944 in Durham, North Carolina to his parents Diana and Richard Cleaves. He moved with his family to Monterey, California in 1958 and attended Junipero Memorial High School where he graduated in 1962. In 1966 he graduated from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He was the oldest of three children; a brother Alan and a sister Carolyn. Don married his high school sweetheart, Ann in 1965 in Monterey and the couple resided in Dublin California where they raised their three children, William, Robert and David. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann and his second wife, Michelle.

Don worked for the Oakland Police Department for over twenty years. After retiring from OPD, he took his expertise in check forgery and counterfeiting first to Glendale Federal and later to PG&E where he retired a second time. After his retirement, Don and his second wife Michelle moved to Dallas, Oregon where they lived with their beloved dog, Buster. Don enjoyed collecting memorabilia of all kinds.

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Ron Oznowicz

Don, it has been a long time since we shared those wonderful days and nights of working together. We made a difference.
Comment | Posted at 01:55am via Condolence
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Mike Martin

Sad to hear this. I worked with Don at Oakland PD for years. He was a price of a man, calm and competent. Godspeed, Don.

Mike Martin, Ret, OPD
Comment | Posted at 11:28am via Condolence
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James A. Kennemore

Dear Family; Don and I worked together for several watches on downtown "Paddy Wagon". It was my first real assignment. After I moved on to a regular beat (In the same District 1) we remained friends and eventually, along with a couple of other guys (I believe Charlie Sullivan and Larry Davis) we became the "Young Turks" as we ran as a slate for the Board of Directors of OPOA. I think we all won and helped to guide the association under the tutelage of some of the great old-timers . Eventually Don and I went in different directions. He earned promotion to Sergeant and mostly disappeared into CID as a detective, while I spent most of my career as a motor officer/sergeant. After my retirement in 1993 I became active in the Northern California Fraud Investigators Assn. and met with Don again. He remained the same quiet gentleman I had known through the years. I cherish the days I spent on the "Paddy Wagon" with him He taught this rookie a whole lot about being a Oakland Police Office. May the Lord God receive Don into his heavenly award and look over his family. Semper Fidelis Jim Kennemore, Ret, OPD
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