Originally Published: February 23, 2018 6 a.m.
The retirement of Donny Oen from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office will leave a big hole in the communities of Cordes Lakes, Mayer and Spring Valley. Donny grew up in the area and joined the Sheriff’s Office, bringing a history of the area and its residents. This was perfect for being a deputy, as he knew everyone and was familiar with anywhere they wanted to go.
When the Volunteers in Protection started in the area, Donny was instrumental in helping them with training, how-to instructions, ride-alongs, and how to just plain be useful. He forged many long-term relationships with both the VIPs and other deputies. His knowledge and calm approach to any situation was invaluable.
Donny has held many positions over the years – from road patrol through his final position as School Resource Officer at Mayer High School. He wasn’t just a presence on the grounds, he interacted, taught classes, arranged for flag etiquette lessons with the American Legion, and did many other things. His interaction with other organizations and ability to bring everything and everyone together will be sorely missed.
The official retirement ceremony was held in the office of Sheriff Scott Mascher, who ran through a full page list of Donny’s accomplishments. Donny was presented with a shadow-box of his badge, I.D. card, flag, and many other earned items.
Congratulations, Donny, on a job well done and we know you will take your skills right into retirement.