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San Diego police Officer Gary Bowen Jr., a former Marine who died of medical complications on Jan. 12, was honored Thursday during a memorial service at North Coast Church in Vista.

He was 49.

Bowen’s casket was escorted from a mortuary in Temecula to the church during a procession. His body was later laid to rest.

San Diego Police Officer Gary Bowen was also the department's composite sketch artist.

San Diego Police Officer Gary Bowen was also the department’s composite sketch artist.

(Howard Lipin / The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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Bowen joined the San Diego Police Department in 1998. In one of several assignments, Bowen served as a sketch artist, combining his passion for drawing with police work. His talent as a sketch artist was featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2013 and 2019. Bowen also served on the department’s honor guard team. His most recent assignment was on the Homeless Outreach Team.

Bowen is survived by his wife, Monica, and their two sons, Trevor and Alex. An online fundraising page created to support his family described Bowen as a devoted husband and father, who had a “wicked sense of humor and loved to laugh with his family.”

Source: This post first appeared on sandiegouniontribune.com

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