Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel

110 Sw 3Rd Street, Fruitland, ID


Gail Elvin Tam Jr.

October 1, 1940May 10, 2019

We said goodbye to our father today; heaven is smiling.

Gail Elvin Tam Jr. passed away Friday, May 10th, 2019 at his home in Fruitland, Idaho. He was 78 years old.

Gail was born Oct 1, 1940 in Guthrie County, Iowa. His parents were Gail E. Tam Sr.; a Los Angles Fire fighter and Helen Tam who was mom to Gail and his bother Gary Tam.

Gail attended school in Culver City, California and graduated in 1957. He met his wife Kathryn Elizabeth Keorlin during this time.Growing up, Gail and Kathryn were neighbors and would talk over the fence. Eventually, Gail asked Kathryn out on a date. They were married on Nov. 28, 1958 in Culver City California.

Gail served in the US Marine Corp. from 1959 to 1963 and was stationed in San Diego.

Gail was a police officer for over 45 years. Gail retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 25 years and the Los Angeles Sheriff Department after 20 years before permanently retiring in 1993. Gail also taught criminal law at the Los Angles Valley Community College. He also held office as Vice President of the Police Guild-American Federation of Teachers.

Gail was a member of the Ontario Elk (B.P.O.E) holding various positions.

Gail's wife passed away February 13, 2019. They were blessed with two sons; Ronald and Michael and their daughter Gayleen. They were equally blessed with six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with the 9th due the first week of June.

Gail was happiest serving his community and always trying to make a difference. He touched so many lives. He lived a wonderful and fulfilling life.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 1, 2019


Gail Elvin Tam Jr.

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Patrick Cronin

July 8, 2019

I still owe you a BIG favor for you taking care of me on a caper I pulled many years ago. If you had been a less generous person or simply not cared about helping out your cops in a bad situation it would have had a very bleak outcome for me. It was something I never forgot....Pat Cronin

Bob Denton

May 16, 2019

So sad to know there will never be another Tam-o-Gram. Rest in peace, Sarge.