Passing of Sergeant Stephen Torres (Ret.)

To: AOCDS Members

From: Tom Dominguez, President

Re: Passing of Sgt. Stephen Torres (Ret.)

Date: November 9, 2017

It is with deep and profound sadness that I inform you that recently retired Sergeant Steve Torres, 54, a beloved member of AOCDS and OCSD, passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon. Steve and his wife, Jeanette, are close personal friends of mine and my family.

Steve retired a little over a year ago after nearly 31 years of service with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He continued to be a strong AOCDS supporter acting as an area representative and recent member of the negotiations team. This past September, Steve, along with his good friend and fellow retiree, Herb Siegmund, assisted AOCDS by volunteering to drive a huge truck full of donations to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Steve was a great cop, family man and highly effective leader, who was well-respected by his troops.

His long career with the department included working as a deputy in the Men’s Jail, Lake Forest and Dana Point, investigator in sex crimes and bank robberies, and sergeant at the Theo Lacy Facility and in Stanton. Steve was also a proud US Marine.

Steve appears to have suffered a heart attack while at his home. He later died at a local hospital. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and their three children, Samantha (28), Stephen (26) and Savannah (16).

Due to the unexpected nature of Steve’s passing, AOCDS is accepting donations through the AOCDS Memorial Fund to help his family with expenses. All online donations to the fund will be directed to the Torres family until further notice. Donate here.

You can also mail a check to the AOCDS Memorial Fund at 1600 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Please make the check out to the AOCDS Memorial Fund and write “Steve Torres Family” in the memo line.

Unless directed otherwise, Steve’s family will be given the names and contribution information of all those making donations.

The family is requesting that members who wish to share memories of Steve do so on his Facebook page here:

Please join us in keeping Steve and the entire Torres family in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.


Services for Sgt. Steve Torres (Ret.) are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

11:00 A.M.

St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church 

14085 Peyton Drive

Chino Hills, CA 91709

(Reception to follow)



Tom Dominguez

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