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Antonio “Tony” Puente

Birth Date: July 6, 1943
Death Date: September 20, 2016

Antonio “Tony” Puente died from injuries resulting from a fall at his home in the neighborhood of Kearny Mesa in San Diego on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the age of 73.

Tony is survived by wife Dene, children Mike, Tom, Deena, and Tony Jr., and grandchildren Sonny, Ashleigh, Summer, Brock, Luke, Jude, and Enzo, as well as sisters Julie and Charlotte.

Tony was a (nearly) native San Diegan as his parents moved from Los Angeles shortly after his birth. He grew up in the Linda Vista area and graduated from Kearny High School in 1960. He met his sweetheart Dene right out of high school and would have celebrated 54 years of marriage to her next month. His wife, children, and grandchildren would all tell you that he loved his family dearly and that family was the most important thing in Tony’s life.

Tony was an accomplished and respected police detective for the San Diego Police Department, proudly serving for over 34 years. He was renowned as a figure in Joseph Wambaugh’s non-fiction book, Lines and Shadows, and was featured on TV shows like Border Wars and The Geraldo Rivera Show. He loved photography and was rarely without his camera. He also enjoyed travel, especially cruises, always with family and friends.

The family invites you to join them for Tony’s viewing, funeral services and reception, and his burial. Tony disliked the color black, so please wear something colorful.

October 1, 2016
3:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Clairemont Mortuary
4266 Mt Abernathy Ave San Diego, CA 92117
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Memorial Service
October 2, 2016
1:00 pm
Marina Village
1936 Quivira Way San Diego, CA 92109
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Place of Rest
October 4, 2016
11:00 am
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122, CA
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  1. 16th to wabash 94 to the harbor, 16 was the beat back in the day, cop and robbers, we covered each other's backs and served the community of Logan heights day times and night time, thanks tony for the memories and for your service tacos at 28th and b and ribs at Ambrose's place, via con dios amigo i' ll see ya on the flipside.

  2. Two things I want to share, for now…
    (1). It would always bring a smile to my face when I would be out in the neighborhood walking my dog and I would hear Tony's squeaky bike coming up behind me or see him riding towards me with his bright green safety shirt on. I knew a friendly chat or at least a wave and a smile was coming my way.
    (2). Tony was often a man of few words but when he spoke it was sincere and meaningful. I recall being pleasantly surprised and touched to receive a card from him after my husband and I returned from an Alaska cruise we had shared with him and his family. I still have that card in our photo album and it says "Doug & Gina: Thank you for making our trip to Alaska a fun and memorable cruise. You're both fun and great people. Thanks again, Tony". Simple, meaningful, and touching. He will be missed by us.

    ~Gina Levine (an honorary Puente :>)

  3. To Tony's family, my heart is broken. Tony and I have been friends since he played catcher on my Dad's little league team in the rain bow league (I was in the national league) We shared so many times together over all the years since. We were both veterans (him a Marine, Me Army. Although I moved to L-A we stayed in touch at The Center Bums Picnic, and of course tail gate parties at Qualcom Stadium at the Aztecs games. He was like a brother from another mother to me. RIP, my friend.

    Harold Greene.

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