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Dale Howard Speck

April 15, 1926 ~ July 30, 2018 (age 92)

“The Lord bless you and keep you.”---Numbers 6:24

On July 30 at home in Carmel, Dale closed the book on his long life while embraced in the arms of his beloved wife Flo Snyder-Speck. 

Born in Minnesota and raised in North Dakota, Dale’s lengthy career was a meteoric rise in law enforcement and the legal profession.  He began as a young policeman with the Los Angeles Police Department and rose rapidly through the ranks, reaching the position of Assistant Chief to then head of LAPD Ed Davis. He often mused that during those years he held every job at LAPD except policewoman.

In 1972 California Attorney General Evelle Younger recruited Dale to lead the Division of Law Enforcement in the Department of Justice, where he ended his career as Deputy Attorney General.  Upon leaving Justice, he relocated to Palm Desert and began a private law practice.

It was during his time in Sacramento that Dale met Flo who also worked for the Department of Justice.  After just one dinner date they knew they were in love and destined to be together. That was the good news.  The bad news was that both were strong personalities and over achievers, which in between professions of undying love, led to frequent bickering.  They parted vowing never to see each other again.  

Years later while in Palm Desert, Dale saw a Los Angeles Times story about Flo and her book “Lady In The Locker Room.”  He tracked her down in Carmel where their relationship resumed as though they’d never separated. (They also resumed their bickering, but now with far less intensity.) Soon after, Dale began experiencing health problems.  He credited Flo with saving his life by marrying him on June 1, 2012 --- nearly 40 years later than they should have.

They enjoyed their life in Carmel with many friends and where Dale became so acclimated he even learned to love the fog.  He especially appreciated the excellent care received from Doctors Richard King and Jon Kitaji along with their staffs, who were especially helpful.  Family and friends will gather on August 19 and sail to Lover’s Point to say goodbye and scatter his ashes. 

A note of special thanks to Bermudez Family for the firm’s assistance in carrying out Dale’s final wishes. 


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