OBITUARY

Donald Ray Batchelder

March 29, 1949March 14, 2019
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Donald Ray Batchelder of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on March 14, 2019. Don was born in Monte Vista, Colorado March 29, 1949, and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda. He is also survived by his son Mike Batchelder, his daughter-in-law, Sherri Batchelder, his grandson, Cody Batchelder, Cody’s wife Emily, one granddaughter, Evie, all of Bentonville, and his brother, David Batchelder of Riverside, California. Don was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Brian.

Don was a career law enforcement officer and began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1969 where he worked the Hollywood Division as well as numerous specialty assignments including organized crime and intelligence. He retired from the LAPD in 1990 as a Police Officer III Detective. Upon retiring Don moved his family to Bentonville, Arkansas and began a second career with the City of Bentonville Police Department in 1991 where he served as a dispatcher, police officer, detective, and ultimately as the Administrative Lieutenant. He retired from the Bentonville Police Department in 2010 as the second in command of the department.

The leadership he provided to the City of Bentonville Police Department was instrumental in creating the deep rooted culture of respect for the rule of law, integrity, and procedure that today define the department. He was an expert on search and seizure and spent countless hours with officers going over cases. He had high standards for law enforcement and prosecutors alike. He wanted police officers to do their best, make solid cases, and go home safely at night. Don treasured his family. He was a mentor to many. His wisdom and expertise shaped many decisions and policies within the Bentonville Police Department and the City of Bentonville.

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Services

18 March

Funeral Service

11:00 am

Callison-Lough Funeral Home

605 W Central Ave
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, March 17, 2019
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Judy Davidson

March 16, 2019

My deepest condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of our friendship.
God bless you & your family.

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Biography

Donald Ray Batchelder of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on March 14, 2019. Don was born in Monte Vista, Colorado March 29, 1949, and is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda. He is also survived by his son Mike Batchelder, his daughter-in-law, Sherri Batchelder, his grandson, Cody Batchelder, Cody’s wife Emily, one granddaughter, Evie, all of Bentonville, and his brother, David Batchelder of Riverside, California. Don was preceded in death by his parents and youngest son, Brian.

Don was a career law enforcement officer and began his career with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1969 where he worked the Hollywood Division as well as numerous specialty assignments including organized crime and intelligence. He retired from the LAPD in 1990 as a Police Officer III Detective. Upon retiring Don moved his family to Bentonville, Arkansas and began a second career with the City of Bentonville Police Department in 1991 where he served as a dispatcher, police officer, detective, and ultimately as the Administrative Lieutenant. He retired from the Bentonville Police Department in 2010 as the second in command of the department.

The leadership he provided to the City of Bentonville Police Department was instrumental in creating the deep rooted culture of respect for the rule of law, integrity, and procedure that today define the department. He was an expert on search and seizure and spent countless hours with officers going over cases. He had high standards for law enforcement and prosecutors alike. He wanted police officers to do their best, make solid cases, and go home safely at night. Don treasured his family. He was a mentor to many. His wisdom and expertise shaped many decisions and policies within the Bentonville Police Department and the City of Bentonville.