Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Mauldin

Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, August 24, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Mauldin

Worked with Don at South Tucson P.D. in Arizona. Don was a good cop and had what it takes!! Was always fun to work with Don because he had a great sense of humor.

Rest in peace!! God Bless!!

Keith Smith

June 25, 2023

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 24, 2020

Don you use to work with my dad chief Donald Groves up in Superior Az. You was a wonderful police officer and a wonderful person in general. You will be missed. So sorry to his family. Rest in peace.

Lori Navarro/daughter of deceased police

June 19, 2018

We are looking for all family survivors from Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Florence Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office holds an annual memorial service the first Thursday in May, and we would like to mail surviving family invitations to be able to view the service via live scan or in person. Please contact me at Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Admin. Assistant Deborah Lopez

September 2, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 14, 2012

donnie lee,god I miss you.just wish that we could have more time.I know that all 3 of your children miss you.Shane Lee in Texas,April Louise in Tucson and Donnie mesa.And your 3 grandkids.WE miss you so you bear.

Betty Mauldin-Harden

April 22, 2012

We would love to locate family members to invite them to our annual memorial service each year in May, 1st Thursday of the month. Please conact me if you are or know any surviving family members. As a survivor myself I know the importance of honoring our fallen hero's.

Deborah Lopez
Pinal County Sheriff

March 22, 2011

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 24, 2010

Even though years have passed your service and dedication will never be forgotten. RIP

Ventura Calf. police dept

August 24, 2010

Still think about you after all these years Don, hope your resting peacefully, well deserved.

Officer David Anderson
Globe Police Department

September 17, 2009

Deputy Sheriff Mauldin,
On today, the 6th anniversary of your death, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pinal County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



August 24, 2008

Rest in Peace, Deputy Mauldin. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 17, 2008

Donnie: Hey man we go way back to the Gila County days, and the working together in Pinal County. It was always great working with you. Richard from Gila County is still the crazy little jar head. Charle is working or should I say showing up. I am retired now. Thanks for looking after me while a was out there working.

your good friend
Guy Pinal #168 retired

Deputy Guy Phillips
Pinal Co S.O. Retired

September 27, 2007

I had the opportunity to work with Don while he was with South Tucson PD. Don was a great guy, a great officer, and it was an honor to have known him.

Rest in peace, Don, and watch over all those still on the streets.

Dan Brooks, Surveillance Officer (Ret.)
Pima County Adult Probation

September 6, 2007



August 24, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Mauldin,
Today is the fifth anniversary since you were called home. We thank you for the uncommon courage you had to serve in such a precarious profession. You will never be forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 24, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Mauldin,
Today is the fifth anniversary of your EOW. As your family and friends remember the legacy of courage and love you left behind, please know that citizens across the country are saying thank you today for what you gave us. You will always be remembered!

Pennsylvania citizen

August 24, 2007

On the 24th of this Month we celebrate your life as it was taken 5 years ago. I know you are patrolling the streets in heaven.

Welcome to your Heavenly FTO program, Phx PD Officer George Cortez, who recently gained his wings.
Sleep with the Angels and rest in Peace.

Belia Fessenden
Pinal Co SO-retired #112

August 6, 2007

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

August 1, 2007

Just reflecting on the past, and remembering the days past. I wanted to wish you a Good Christmas, but with Choirs of Angels and all the Saints, and celebrating with Jesus for the past few years, I ask, will say a prayer for us, and "put in a good word for us" :)

Say Hi to little brother "Jason Lopez" EOW 5/01 and don't let him pull your leg. Keep him straight and flying right!

You will always be remembered for being you!

Belia Fessenden,PCSO retired 112
Ret. Pinal County-co-worker

December 12, 2006


August 24, 2006

To the family and loved ones of Deputy Sheriff Donald Lee Mauldin and his fellow officers with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department:

On this the fourth anniversary of Donald's tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today. Donald's professionalism and dedication will never be forgotten, nor will his valor and courage.

In reading the loving reflections left by his friends and co-workers I can see that he was very well respected and is sorely missed. I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Doanld was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Donald gave to his community and the citizens of Arizona, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 24, 2002, and the nine intervening years between the day he was shot and his death.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 24, 2006

There are not enough thank U's for your sacricificing your life...Dep. Donald Lee Mauldin. I thank all of you for this Gift of Love and sacrifice..To your family. My deepest sympathyies, and condolences. Thank u for sharing him with us. I WILL ALWAYS HONOR HIS LIFE...IT IS NOT HOW WE DIE BUT HOW WE LIVE...EVERY DAY...sincerely yours, b.b.


March 18, 2006

You were the epitome of the "good cop"; seldom complaining, always ready to assist other Peace Officers even when it was'nt your turn, and finally willing to lay down your life for others. I recall that one of your heroes was Lt. Audie L. Murphy winner of the Medal of Honor in WW II. You had a lot in common with him. May you rest easily in the places where only brave men go!

LTC. Sam H. Asbury, III

March 13, 2006

Who could forget going through the police academy at Gila Pueblo Campus. Knowing you and working with you was an honor for everyone who knew you. God has a special place for all police officers. You are missed.

Sgt. L.H. Sharff Sr.
Simpsonville Police Department

December 28, 2005

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