2016-09-01 / Obituaries

Rollin ‘Doc’ Wright

Rollin Adair Wright, affectionately known as Doc, passed away on Aug. 24, 2016. He was born on April 15, 1931 in Sulphur, Ind., to parents Samuel D. and Grace Wright.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Hawkins, and brother, Versal Wright. He is survived by two daughters, Patricia and Penni.

Doc grew up in Sulphur, graduating high school and enlisting in the Navy as an airman in 1949. Doc served in Fighter Squadron 193/Air Group 19 on the USS Princeton in the Korean War. Even after leaving the Navy, Doc maintained ties to the military, first in the U.S. Army Reserves (sergeant), then the California National Guard (Chief Warrant Officer) and finally in the California State Military Reserve (major), for a total of 29 years of military affiliation.

Doc joined the California Highway Patrol in 1960, served all over the state, and was even part of a contingent of CHP personnel sent to American Samoa to assist with building a traffic safety program there. Doc finished out his career with the CHP in 1990 as a lieutenant, assigned to the Mariposa Area CHP office as its commander.

Even after retiring, Doc remained dedicated to the CHP; it was his life’s work. Doc’s other passions included riding his motorcycle and traveling. He was always on the road to somewhere. Now he’ll be able to travel without limitations.

“He will always be in our hearts and in our minds.”

For Doc’s California friends, a viewing service will be held at the Mariposa Fairgrounds, Building A, on Sept. 10, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.

There will be separate services for Doc’s friends and family at a later date in Indiana, as it was his wish to be laid to rest there. He has left behind a multitude of friends and family in both places.

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