L. Patrick Walsh Jr.
1924 - 2012
On August 21, Patrick Walsh died peacefully at home with his loving wife, Dorrie, by his side. Services were officiated by Fr. Michael Cox at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Bakersfield National Cemetery.
Patrick was born in 1924 in Highland Park to Leo Sr. and Irene. He grew up during the Great Depression. After graduating from Cathedral High School, he embarked on an adventure of courage and service that would last a lifetime. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in both WWII and the Korean War. Pat survived four amphibious landings during WWII on the islands of Bougainville, Guadalcanal, Guam, and Iwo Jima. In Korea he became one of the “Frozen Chosin” by fighting his way out of the Chosin Reservoir. For his service in the Marine Corps, he was honored with the Purple Heart and two Presidential Unit Citations.
In 1947, Patrick joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he proudly served the people of Los Angeles until he retired in 1976. Many times Patrick has told a story about working the Vice Squad in the ‘50s, having to check the “pasties” on the dancers at the local gentlemen’s clubs, ensuring they were applied according to the law. After leaving the LAPD, Patrick started the Stallion Springs Police Department as their first Chief of Police, and served the residents of Stallion Springs for 14 years. He proudly served his country, the city of Los Angeles, and Stallion Springs. He was a fighter to the very last.
Patrick is survived by Dorrie, his loving wife of 36 years (who always said, “Patrick, I promise this is the last cage.”); his sons, Kevin and Richard Walsh; stepson, Michael Evans; and daughter, Maureen Olinger. Patrick was blessed with five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.