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Adolphus "Al" Hunter Lee

June 22, 1941 ~ February 2, 2018 (age 76)
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Adolphus “Al” Hunter Lee

June 22, 1941- February 2, 2018

Resident of Fairfield, CA

Former Resident of Auburn, WA


Retired Police Chief Adolphus “AL” Lee passed away February 2, 2018 at the VA Northern California Health Care Center in Martinez, CA, after a long affliction with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy)and Alzheimer's disease.

Al had the distinction of being the first and second African American police chief(s) in the Pacific North West region from 1983 to 1996; was acknowledged in the International WHO'S WHO of Professionals; is pictured in and written up in LAW ENFORCEMENT The First 100 Years (1889-1989) IN WASHINGTON STATE.  Al had over twenty years in Law Enforcement at the federal and local levels.  He served and was honorably discharged after 6 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served on the Auburn/Fredrickson TOV Team & Diversity Council 2008-2009.


He was also actively involved with the American Cancer Society (Board of Directors for 2 years), ALPAC Rotary Club-President for 2 years, ECF (Broad of Trustees), and VP with Boeing Management Association.


Al received a Masters Certification in Project Management

1994 NW Law Enforcement Executive Command College.

1992 People's Law School, Green River Community College.

1989 Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy-Executive Certification

1984 Washington State Criminal Justice Training Academy - Police Diploma

1973 District of Columbia, Management Intern Program Certificate

1970 Graduated from Metropolitan Police Academy-Washington, D.C.

1970 to 1976 American University, Washington D.C.


Al's Special Accomplishments were as follows:

He was Marine Armed Forces Far East Heavyweight and Grand Judo champion as a 2nd degree Black Belt. He has given numerous public speeches/presentations to Communities,TV, Radio and other organizations..


Al is survived by his wife Patricia Lee and his is children, Michael, Sara Sen, Allison, and Jessica, also survived by stepson, Michael(Katrina) Waller and stepdaughters,Tracie(Mark) Magleby, Kelley McDaniel and Crystal Allen; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He is predeceased by his parents, Hunter Lee and Grossie Bunderant, and two brothers, Raymond and David Lee. 


Al was born in Charleston West Virginia on June 22, 1941. He was the second child of eight children.  He then moved to New York City with his family.  Al was a tall skinny guy who had a speech impediment (Stuttering) from preschool through High School. Through research and determination he resolved his problem. As a result he became proficient in three languages Japanese, Spanish and English.

Al was and is so loved by so many and accomplished so much in his life and will be greatly missed.


Military honors and Interment service will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA.

A memorial service will be held in his honor on March 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm, New Hope Baptist Church, 14024 8th St., Sumner, WA 98390.

Memorial Gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society and Alzheimer’s Association. 


Flowers ordered will be delivered to Al's family members in California. 

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