Retired Phoenix City Policeman Badge No. 85 and DPS officer Badge No. 372, passed away at his Star Valley home on January 6, 2014. He was 91. A 1941 graduate of Phoenix Union High School, he began his life of service with the U. S. Navy in 1942 until being honorably discharged in 1945. 1946 was the year Gordon began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department. In 1956, he was honored by the department as Police Officer of the Year. In 1962, Gordon graduated from the FBI National Police Academy.
He continued to ascend the ranks with the Phoenix Police Department, where he retired as headquarters captain in 1966. Shortly thereafter, Arizona's governor appointed Gordon as Assistant Superintendent for the Department of Liquor Licenses and Narcotics Control through the Department of Public Safety. Gordon's last six years with the DPS were spent as Assistant Chief of Criminal Investigation, retiring a second time in 1977. In his retirement, he operated a private investigation firm.
Contributions honoring Gordon to the Arizona Peace Officers' Memorial Charity, Inc., P. O. Box 37485 - Phoenix, AZ 85069 are encouraged.
Agency: Phoenix City
Cause: Unknown Medical
Tour: 31 years
EOW: Monday, January 6, 2014