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David Epstein

David Gerauld Epstein

Wednesday, October 6th, 1937 - Saturday, April 13th, 2019
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Obituary

Col. David G. Epstein, USA (Ret.) was born in St. Louis MO on 6 Oct 1937. His parents, Rose and Joseph Epstein, were immigrants from Europe. He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Friel, grand children Kayleigh and Rhett Friel, his long time companion Christiane Toft and his sister Faye Marcus of Rockford Illinois. He was commissioned as a Regular Army Military Police lieutenant upon graduation from Michigan State University in !959. He served on active duty for over nine years including service in Germany and Vietnam. Upon leaving active duty he entered the Army Reserve serving an additional 21 years, retiring as a full colonel. He continued his education at Michigan State receiving two masters degrees and a PhD. He was also a graduate of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania. His civilian career was centered on law enforcement and included service as chief of police of Savannah Georgia, assistant director of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Brunswick Georgia and 13 years as chief of the Training Division, Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, US Department of State in Washington DC. In this capacity he served in Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Tunisia, Qatar, Bahrain, Greece, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru among other places. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 | 11:15am
    When
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 11:15am
    Location
    Miramar National Cemetery
    Address
    5795 Nobel Drive
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92122
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Cantor Caitlin Bromberg
  • Interment

    Location
    Miramar National Cemetery
    Address
    5795 Nobel Drive
    SAN DIEGO, CA 92122
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Alice Walker

Posted at 01:50pm
I met Dave on his first day on the job as Police Chief in Savannah. We have stayed in touch throughout the years. I always call him on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. This Memorial Day I called and emailed with no answers, of course. Today I did a Google search, and my concerns were confirmed when I found his obituary. I always felt safe knowing he was my friend that I could always call on. I am so sorry Dave is no longer with us. My sympathy to Cynthia and the family. He was a one-of-a-kind hero and friend. I miss him. Alice Walker
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Dorena Bertussi

Posted at 03:46pm
Reach for the stars - in my heart forever.
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Dorena

Posted at 12:48pm
David and I have been friends for the past 32 years. He was also the big brother I never had. I am so lucky to have had him in my life. My heart goes out to Cynthia and his family and friends. My respect and love for him will never be forgotten.
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