OBITUARY

Joseph Michael Rynearson

August 28, 1948December 4, 2018
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Joseph Michael Rynearson was born on August 28, 1948 in Santa Cruz, California and passed away on December 4, 2018 in Shingletown, California.

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  • Chapel Memorial Service Friday, January 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joseph Michael Rynearson

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virginia rynearson

January 31, 2019

He made the world a better place for so many.
Love you, Zookie, forever.
Mom

Essex Combong

January 15, 2019

As a young officer, I had an inkling of what criminalistics and crime scene integrity meant, but the training I got from Mr. Rynearson proved to be invaluable as I became a detective for my hometown PD and later a detective for a much larger agency. I was able to process crime scenes involving violent crimes/homicides and saw how everything I did with the evidence recovery would play out in the courtrooms. The evidence always spoke for itself. I could only wish new officers got the same training and life lessons I did from his courses. Major loss for the LE community.

Bruce Palmer

January 10, 2019

Next to his mother I knew Joe the longest:50yrs. From U.C. Berkeley to Alameda County S.O. to the state of California. Joe was charismatic as evidenced by his ability to get the entire Redding Laboratory staff to give up their weekends for over a year to build an addition to the laboratory. He was also the last of the generalist criminalists. He used his all encompassing knowledge of the field to reconstruct crime scenes piecing together the available evidence to explain what had happened. He was also a teacher sharing his expertise with criminalists and law enforcement. More than this he was a good friend and a good man. He will be missed.

Tom Abercrombie

January 3, 2019

Joe was an amazing guy and someone I was always pleased to call my friend as well as my colleague.

He loved working for BFS and whenever I asked him why he continued to work for an outfit that only grudgingly respected his name ideas, he’d get that half-grin he of his going and tell me he really needed to stay at BFS so the newest Criminalists could at least gain appreciation about the wonderful interconnections and complexities of crime scene processing.

We would connect telephonically every 3-4 months and I’m sure if anyone saw me talking with Joe I would have a big grin.

I’m really going to miss those calls.

John Hamman

December 30, 2018

I started with BFS a few months after Joe. Through the years there were a few individuals who excelled in sharing their knowledge with the bureau and beyond. Joe was one of those few. He walked us through the birth of Justice Trax and led in dealing with the growth pains. I’ll always remember him as the guy who spent his life helping BFS rather than enjoying retirement.

Liz Riekena

December 21, 2018

Dear Joe,
I can’t believe you are gone… you have been such an important part of my life for so many years… My heart goes out to your Mom, and Rosalie and Michael and Kym and the grand children who were so important to you, and all your special co workers …the people who shared your life. What a devastating loss.
Know that I loved you as all of them did, and we will all struggle to move forward, but will find peace in knowing that you are with your God now, who was also always important to you.
Liz Riekena

Tia Spurgeon

December 21, 2018

Dear Joe,
You probably don't remember me but I will always remember you. I was in your crime scene classes through CCI. I will always remember you for your energy, zeal, and passion that you had in teaching each class that I attended throughout the years. Thank you!

I will pray for the repose of your soul.
God bless you, Joe.

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