Retired UTSA Police Department officer Harold Skipper dies Dec. 24

Harold Lee Skipper

Harold Lee Skipper

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(Jan. 5, 2010)--Harold Lee Skipper, a 15-year retired veteran of the UTSA Police Department, died Dec. 24 after a courageous battle with cancer. He continued to work and to give 100 percent even while going through cancer treatments. In fact, he received the Officer of the Semester Award for Spring 2009.

In June 2009, he retired with the rank of corporal. Before coming to UTSA, Skipper served in the Air Force for 24 years and retired with the rank of master sergeant.

According to Capt. Douglas Sonego of the UTSA Police Department, Skipper left an indelible mark on all of those who knew him. "A beloved member of the police department, he was sorely missed when he retired and will be missed even more so following his passing," he said.

Skipper was assigned to the patrol division's first shift for the last several years. In addition to his supervisory duties, he was instrumental in managing maintenance of equipment and the vehicle fleet.

He often kept what he was thinking to himself, but anyone who worked closely with him could tell when he agreed or disagreed with something, based on certain pet phrases such as, "What did he go and do that for?" and "There's no tellin' what he was thinkin'."

Whether he agreed or not, Skipper always made sure the job was done and done right.

Skipper will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn, his three children Harold II, Chad and Marjorie, and two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Lauren.