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Official Obituary of

Dale Lee Lopez

June 18, 1967 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 56) 56 Years Old
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Dale Lopez Obituary


Dale Lee Lopez, a spirited and adventurous soul, passed away unexpectedly on February 6, 2024, in Huntington Beach, California. Born on June 18, 1967, in Leicester, England, Dale's intelligence and zest for life shone brightly from a young age. His formative years in Leicester laid the foundation for a life marked by dedication, service, and a passion for exploration.

Dale's educational journey in Leicester culminated with his graduation from university, a period that equipped him with the knowledge and fortitude he would carry into his professional life. His career began far from his birthplace, as he ventured to Hong Kong to serve as a police officer. Over the course of 12 years, Dale's commitment to law enforcement and the community he served was unwavering. His career later took him to the United States, where he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. Dale's integrity and dedication were hallmarks of his 20 years of service before he embraced retirement.

Upon retiring, Dale fulfilled his lifelong dream of sailing. The purchase of a boat marked the beginning of a new chapter in his life, one where he could marry his love for the sea with the freedom he so cherished. Dale's free spirit was mirrored by the vastness of the ocean he navigated, a testament to a man who lived life on his own terms.

A private individual by nature, Dale's close-knit circle of friends became his chosen family, accompanying him on his many travels. With more stamps in his passport than most could dream of, Dale's adventures spanned the globe, reflecting his insatiable curiosity and desire to experience the world's diversity firsthand. His interest in American history was not just academic; it was a passion that he lived out through his travels and studies, always eager to learn more about the narratives that shaped the nation.

Dale was a passionate lifelong supporter of football in general and Leicester City in particular, He visited the Hallowed Turf of the KingPower stadium when ever he was in the UK. Even though he lived away he watched them every game day. His obsession with football extended to a trip to South Africa to watch the World Cup. it was one of his greatest trips

Dale's family was a cornerstone of his life. He is survived by his beloved mother, Yvonne Lopez; his sisters, Yvette and Leona Lopez; his nephews, Mason and Taylor; and his niece, Jessie. The love and memories shared with his family provided a source of joy and pride that Dale carried with him throughout his journey.

As we remember Dale, we reflect on the words of Henry David Thoreau, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined." These words encapsulate the essence of Dale's approach to life—a man who not only dreamed but pursued those dreams with every ounce of his being.

Dale Lee Lopez will be remembered for his adventurous spirit, his intelligent mind, and the indelible impact he had on the lives of those who knew him. His legacy is one of courage, service, and an unwavering commitment to living authentically. Though his departure was sudden, the memories and stories of his remarkable life will continue to inspire and comfort all who had the privilege of knowing him. Dale's journey may have come to an end, but the voyage he charted remains a guiding light for us all.

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Celebration of Life
February 27, 2024

10:00 AM
Ferrara Colonial Mortuary (Hewes Street)

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