Dennis Patrick Bryerton, 63, of Penn Valley died Friday, May 21, at home, after a return bout with cancer.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.
Mr. Bryerton was born Oct. 10, 1940, in Whiting, Ind., to George Sylvester and Mary Anne Bryerton. He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business and later attained a master’s degree in human resources management from the University of Redlands in Southern California. He moved to Orange County in the mid-1960s, where he worked in law enforcement.
He was a law enforcement officer for 34 years, serving 28 of those with the Fullerton Police Department, where he retired in 1993 as a police lieutenant. Among the many honors, citations, and recognitions he received there, he was named the employee of the year while assigned as the sergeant in charge of the narcotics bureau. As a sergeant he was first assigned to rotating watches and then became the narcotics unit supervisor. He later wrote a grant to obtain funding and became the supervising sergeant of a special regional crime task force unit comprised of officers from several Orange County cities. As a police lieutenant, he also served assignments as a watch commander, administrative lieutenant and traffic lieutenant.
The last six years of his career were spent with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office as a part-time investigator. He was awarded Officer of the Year for 2002 while serving in that capacity. He moved to Nevada County in September 1994. He volunteered as a docent for the Empire Mine State Historic Park and as a driver for the Meals on Wheels Program. He served a three-year term on the Mine Park board. He enjoyed traveling around historic parts of the eastern and southern United States and into Canada and Alaska. He was a member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge and a regular member of a monthly poker group that included friends who were part of a motor-home group started by members of The Welcome Wagon Club.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Bryerton; his twin sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Bill Fortin of Indiana; brother and sister-in-law, George and Evelyn Bryerton of Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in 1971 and his mother in 2003.
To those who wish to make a donation in Dennis’ name, the family asks that you follow his example and donate some of your time to an organization that means a lot to you and will benefit your community.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.
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