Donald C. Capps

Born: Wed., Aug. 19, 1936
Died: Thu., Mar. 30, 2017


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Apr. 08, 2017
Location: Faith Journey Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 08, 2017
Location: Faith Journey Church

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   Donald C. Capps, 80, a longtime Quincy Police Officer and Detective, died at 5:16 a.m. Thursday  (March 30, 2017) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born August 19, 1936 in Nebo, Illinois, Don was the son of Claude and Cleo Smith Capps.  He married Patti E. Kelly on November 21, 1971 in Quincy.  She survives.

   Don was a member of the last graduating class of Nebo High School in 1955.  Following his graduation, he was employed at Tenk Hardware in Quincy until 1958 when he enlisted in the U. S. Army. Don served his country until being Honorably Discharged in 1961, having acquired the rank of Sergeant.  

   Don returned to Quincy and continued to work at Tenk Hardware until joining the Quincy Police Department in July, 1964. Among  his many accomplishments while serving was becoming a Detective at the end of his probationary year, moving up the ranks to Captain and was Commander of the Major Case Investigating Division.  Don was honored by being named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1968. Don was aggressive in educating the public about drugs in the 1970's, driving to speak at events and club meetings on his personal time.  In 1972, Don attended the prestigious FBI National Academy, graduating at the top of his class of 250 and receiving the J. Edgar Hoover Scholastic Excellence Award. In addition to his other law enforcement duties, Don taught criminal justice courses at Western Illinois University in Macomb for 14 years and at John Wood Community College in Quincy for many years. Don retired from the Quincy Police Department in 1986.

   Don and Patti moved to Colorado following his retirement from the Quincy Police Department where Don taught at Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado and later moved to Grand Island, Nebraska where Don was an instructor at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, becoming lead instructor of basic and advanced classes for 12 years. Don became known as "The Legend" at the Law Enforcement Training Center where he was known to have solved homicide cases over the phone and assisting many other fellow officers in solving cases.

   Don was instrumental in organizing specialized training courses in forensics and death investigation with such notable instructors as Roy Hazelwood of the F.B.I., Betty Pat Gatliff, a well known facial reconstructionist and Dr. Robert Eckert, a forensic pathologist, as well as many other well known specialists.

   Don touched the lives of 1680 police officers, sheriff's officers and game wardens throughout the state of Nebraska.

   Don was  a member of the International Police Chiefs Association and the Quincy Police Benevolent and Protective Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and his love of the mountains was always a highlight of his trip whenever he traveled back to Colorado.  

    Don was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife, Patti; his daughter, Kisha Capps of Quincy; and his grandson, Cooper Capps of Quincy.

   Don was preceded in death by his parents.

   Cremation has been accorded to Don.  A service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 at Faith Journey Church, 4115 North 12th Street, Quincy with Pastor Ryan Wiemelt and Deacon Harry Cramer officiating.

   Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at Faith Journey Church.

   Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Mason Cemetery in Nebo, Illinois.  The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Memorials may be made to Quincy Police Department Honor Guard or the family of Don Capps to establish a scholarship in Criminal Justice at Quincy University.

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Kenneth P. Haynes II
   Posted Sat April 01, 2017
Thinking of your family in this time of your untimely loss. Kenny @ family

Kristy an Butch Watts
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
So sorry to hear this, thoughts ,hugs and prayers for all.

Rick Garcia
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Patty, Kisha, and Cooper; I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a true leader in the law enforcement community and will be missed by all.

Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Dear Capps Family,
Thinking of you and remembering Don. He was a good man and a good policeman.
Dick & Pat Wentura

Louann Shaw
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. My prayers are with your family.

Floyd Hamilton and Amy (Benz) Hamilton
   Posted Tue April 04, 2017
Don was a member of the 1955 graduating class of the Nebo Ill. High School. Amy and I were class mates. Don was a great friend, both in that School and that friendship remained strong throughout the years. We were houseguests of Patti and Don when they lived in Estes Park. We were always happy to see them at class reunions.

Don was one who always left you in an "up" mode after talking with him. Such a great sense of Humor !!

We extend our condolences to Patty and daughter, along with our love and best wishes.

Floyd and Amy Hamilton

Dr. Angela Koponen (nee Lalande)
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family.

-- Angie

Gregory L. Kelly and Kathryn Yohn Kelly
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
Dear Patti, Kisha and Cooper,

Greg and I were so saddened to hear of Don's passing. Don will forever be remembered for his dedication to his family and career -- he touched so many lives all across the country. We will remember Don, our cousin, for his delightful sense of humor, intelligence, generosity, kindness and for how much he loved his family. What an inspiring gentleman!

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tragic time. May your wonderful memories bring you some measure of comfort.

With all our love and deepest sympathy,
Greg and Kathryn Kelly
Aiken, SC

Steve Hubbard
   Posted Wed April 05, 2017
My sincere condolence Patti, on the loss of Don. He was a true and honest friend, fellow Police Officer and mentor for a little over 4 years to me, 40 some years ago. He will be missed by many, I wish I could have talked to him the last couple years on my trips back to Quincy, but I never got the chance. May the Peace of our Lord be with you and your family.

CW5 Steve Hubbard
US Army (Ret)

Billy and Laverne Meyer
   Posted Sun April 09, 2017
Dear Patti and Family,
As you know, I worked with Don in the Investigation Unit. He was a great man and leader. He was a true "professional". Your loss is shared by many....
God Bless

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