Alvin Lee Harden
Born: May 11, 1947 | EOW:
July 10, 1998
Husband of Donna; father to Mike and Jerry; son of Merritt and Aileen and brother to Steve and Duane; Grandfather to Alexandria, Jordan & Mickelle. Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, partner and friend. His smile and laughter will be in our hearts forever.
Alvin Lee Harden (Al) was born May 11, 1947 (Mother's Day) in Ponca City, Oklahoma. His family moved to Covina, California in 1955. He graduated from Covina High School in 1965 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1966. Al served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. In 1968 aboard the USS Valley Forge, a helicopter carrier, and in 1969 on a Naval Swift Boat patrolling the rivers of South Viet Nam.
Donna and Al met on a blind date in June of 1967. Though they didn't know it at the time, they had attended the same high school and had mutual friends. They were married August 24, 1968. After his discharge from the Navy and a side career as an electronic technician, Al found his calling with the LAPD. He graduated from the LAPD Academy on December 21, 1973 (Class of 8/73) and was assigned to Newton Division. Sons Michael and Jerry followed in 1974 and 1976. Jerry has followed in his father's footsteps and is currently a Los Angeles Police Officer.
Al loved being a policeman. He especially loved Newton Division. With only brief stints at Jail Division & Northeast, Al spent the rest of his almost 25 years at Newton. Most of his time was spent as a patrol officer working narcotics or gang details. He completed his career as a Detective I, something that he was thoroughly enjoying.
Being a grandfather was a wonderful experience for Al. When Mike married Anadel he became instant grandfather to Alex. They bonded as if they had known each other forever. His second granddaughter, Jordan, was born in 1997 and was his ‘cuddler.’ Though Mickelle was born after he left us she would have had him wound around her finger like her sisters did.
Everyone has their memories of Al and share them often with his family. Something that we all enjoy.