Francis Linley

June 10, 2013

Frank Linley passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2013 due to a brain hemorrhage. His wife Cheryl and children were at his bedside. Frank was born June 17, 1936 in British Columbia, the son of Roy Linley and Helen Mawhinney. At the age of 13 he and his mother located to Los Angeles. There Frank became very involved with radio announcing, delivery of newspapers and making doughnuts at the Hollywood Donut Shop. Frank became a US citizen; served his country with the Army; and became a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff. As deputy sheriff Frank's life was colorful, dangerous and rewarding. He was involved in the capture of Charles Manson and his "family"; was first detective on scene following Robert Kennedy's murder; and was involved in the infamous Watts riots. He was also an elite member of the Special Enforcement Bureau. This included protection and guarding of the Queen of Thailand, the president-elect of Brazil and others. Frank was one of the "rulers of the night" where his previous life prior to the Army included making a living as a design draftsmen for an oil field supply equipment company; attending school at USC as a engineering major; and he was one of those responsible for the first armored rescue vehicle. His career as a homicide/vice detective over, Frank and his wife Sarah moved to Morrowstone Island. There they trained dogs for narcotic detection duty. As if that wasn't enough, at age 55, Frank became a fire volunteer who led to being an arson investigator and then fire commissioner for Jefferson County for six years. One final moved brought Frank to the Long Beach Peninsula and once again he became an active volunteer. He was fire investigator for Fire District #1 and volunteered at the Long Beach Visitors Bureau where he met his current wife Cheryl. Those who knew Frank knew of his affinity for blondes (under 5), eagles, trains and Scotch. He was a fantastic story and joke teller. He was honorable, intelligent, courageous, funny, strong, humble, patient, and always there with a helping hand. Survivors include his wife Cheryl; daughter Beverly Linley; son Kevin Linley; son David Dinsmore; daughter Denise Morris; Cheryl's daughters Kelly Faulkner and Kerry Fitzmaurice; and five grandchildren. He was preceded by wives Marcia and Sarah. His ashes will be scattered at his beloved Morrowstone. Donations to Behind the Badge His guestbook is available at

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