Passing of Retired District 1 Investigator R. David Alcala

R. David Alcala
July 11, 1941 ~ January 6, 2022 (age 80)


R. David Alcala, 80, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 6, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.
David was born on July 11, 1941 in Chicago, Il and was the son of Anthony and Mercedes Alcala. He married Ana Yolanda Ascencio Aceves on June 28, 1967 in Guadalajara, Mexico and spent the next 54 years devoted to her and their family. They had three children together and 5 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his sister Myrna Bortell, his children David Alcala, Audrey Sack and Cory Holt as well as all his grandchildren Sabrina Thorns, Ryan Sack, Tiffany Sack, Alyssa Holt and Jack Holt.

A few years after graduating from Chicago Vocational High School he enlisted in the US Army. He spent 3 years (1964 – 1967) on active duty serving as a Tanker (Armor Crewman) in units assigned to South Korea and Vietnam. After military service David worked in a variety of professions, varying from South Chicago Steel Mill worker to Autobody Repair, before landing his perfect job as a Police Officer. “The Old Bear”, as he became known as, spent 27.5 years as an Illinois Secretary of State Police Officer and retired in 2002 as an Investigator. He was very proud of his military and police service and a great American.

David was a true homebody and enjoyed watching movies, shooting and collecting guns and eating his wife’s unbelievable Mexican cooking. He loved Jesus Christ, his family, and his country. He also loved animals, especially the numerous cats he shared his home with over the years.

Visitation will be on Tuesday January 11 from 10:00 – 11:00 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (501 W State Street, Mahomet IL) followed by a mass at 11:00.