Celebration of Life for Dave Neuman
Retired Assistant Chief of Police
Chandler Police Department
Chandler Police Department
250 E. Chicago St.
Chandler, AZ 85225
David Frederick Neuman (64) passed away at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, July 4
“He was a quiet and humble man who loved his friends & family (both blood & blue). He was a consummate professional who believed in service to his community; while his life outside the uniform involved his love of family, coaching and playing sports, spending time in Rocky Point, MX and being Dad & Papa to our daughters, their beautiful children and our sweet beagles.
Only Dave could choose such a Celebration of Life as the fireworks and sparklers lit the night sky. A day of freedom for our country and also for his own Spirit, that was truly exhausted from fighting his disease.
Our lives came full circle as our girls and I were so honored to be with him as he transitioned to his next calling. We will forever be grateful for the man you still called ‘Chief’ and I called husband and friend. Vaya Con Dios Mi Amor
David Frederick Neuman was born in Osage, Iowa on June 30, 1959 to Jeannette and William Neuman. He graduated from St. Ansgar, Iowa High School in 1977 and received his Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Waldorf College in 1979. Dave’s law enforcement career began as an Intern for the Forest City, Iowa Police Department in 1978. Dave attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Police Academy (1979) while employed at the Lake Mills, Iowa Police Department. He then moved to Storm Lake, Iowa Police Department where he served as an Officer and as a Detective from 1980 until 1986. During that time, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1982. Dave married Mary Joanne Vail on May 31, 1980 in Kasson, Minnesota.
He and his family made the move to Chandler, Arizona where he began his illustrious career for the Chandler Police Department on February 28, 1986. His service to the community of Chandler spanned 29 years where he rose through the ranks until he retired as Assistant Chief of Police in October 2015. During his tenure, Dave was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 1990 and served two interim positions as Chief of Police for the City of Chandler.
During this time, Dave earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1999 and Graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2004. His stellar career spanned almost four decades.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary, daughters Lindsay O’Herron and Brooke Fisher (Chris Fisher), his grandchildren Maddox O’Herron (7), Amelia Fisher (6), and Luke Fisher (3), as well as his siblings Charlene Bruggeman, LaDonna Cleveland, Darwin (Butch) Neuman, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents Jeannette and William Neuman, sister-in-law Jeanne Neuman, niece Hope Frederickson and great nephews Sam and Adam Bruggeman.
Please help our family celebrate the incredible life and legacy that Dave brought to this world.
Celebration of Life: 5PM Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Chandler Police Department Memorial Garden
Reception following in the Chandler Police Department Community Room.