Retired Lt. David L. Dudley, 66, of Urbandale, and a former Appanoose County resident, died Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. He was born the son of Bob and Lavaughn (Leopard) Dudley on June 9, 1947 in Centerville. He graduated from Centerville High School in 1965 and then attended Machinist Trade School in Ottumwa.
David served his country with the United States Army in the 1st Calvary Division and was in Viet Nam during 1967-68 and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medal for his service. He was honorably discharged in November of 1968. On April 26, 1969, David was united in marriage to Susan Moriarty in Cincinnati. In July of 1970, David entered the Iowa State Patrol Academy and graduated in September of 1970. He was first assigned to Bedford. His daughter Amy was born in October of 1970, followed by Mark in December of 1972 and then Brian in May of 1974. In 1985 David was promoted to sargent and moved to Cherokee until 1990 when he was moved to Spencer where he was promoted to lieutenant. In 1995, he moved to West Des Moines and began working at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy till his retirement in 2009 with more than 39 years of service to the state of Iowa. In 1995 and 2002, he was given the Commissioner’s Special Award for Excellence in Traffic Safety. David was the face behind ILEA’s SFST program and his devotion to making it the success that it is today.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Dudley, on Jan. 3, 2005; and a brother, Duane Dudley, in 2004.
David is survived by his wife, Susan Moriarty-Dudley, of Urbandale; a son, Brian Dudley, of Urbandale; and a daughter, Amy Dudley-Mancha, of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Donald Dudley, and his wife, Michell,e of West Des Moines; and two grandchildren, Noah Dudley and Christopher Mancha. He was loved by nieces and nephews, along with his brother-in law and family in Washington.