Police booster dies at 70

first_imgFuneral services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Latter-day Saints Chapel at Lark Ellen Avenue and Badillo Street in Covina. Mortensen is survived by his wife, older brother, five children and 17 grandchildren. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – Harry Mortensen, a lifelong Covina resident, father of five and dedicated volunteer with two police agencies, died Monday from acute pancreatitis. He was 70. For nearly 20 years, he was a volunteer with the Covina and West Covina police departments, and was a key figure in establishing the volunteer program at Covina. Friends and family describe Mortensen as a people promoter. “I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody,” said his brother, James Mortensen. Fellow volunteers, including Mike Franco, who was Mortensen’s law-enforcement partner for six years, said he was a caring individual, never argued and loved to talk about sports. “My life is much better just by knowing him.” Franco said. “He was a good man, a very lovable man.” He was born on the grounds of the now Citrus Valley Medical Center – Inter-Community Campus. His family had roots in the citrus industry. His grandfather, James Frank Kendall, was an orange rancher and a former Covina councilman. He attended Covina Grammar School and graduated from Covina High School. Mortensen was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that prevented him from walking. But despite predictions from doctors, he not only walked at age 5 but also learned how to ride a bicycle, James Mortensen said. last_img read more