Obituary: Malcolm "Mick" Darroch Aitken |

Obituary: Malcolm "Mick" Darroch Aitken

Private services will be held in October for Malcolm “Mick” Darroch Aitken, who died Sept. 17, 2000, at his home in South Lake Tahoe, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 81.

Mr. Aitken was born April 3, 1919, at Philadelphia, Pa., to Robert T. and Gladys B. Aitken. When he was 3 years of age his family moved to Hawaii where he attended Aliiolant Grammar School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu. Mr. Aitken was a Pearl Harbor survivor and served in the Pacific during World War II as a captain in the U.S. Army.

He graduated from San Jose State College in 1952 and married Patricia L. Gatch in 1953. His career in law enforcement included criminal investigation at The Pentagon and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where he was Chief of Intelligence. He received his master’s degree in criminal justice from San Jose State University in 1971.

Mr. Aitken moved with his family to South Lake Tahoe in August 1970. After retirement he founded Aitken-Tahoe Development Corporation, was a broker with United Farm Agency and was the local distributor for Lindal Cedar Homes. After his second retirement he and his wife traveled extensively in the South Pacific and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Mexico in their Bounder motor home. He loved fishing and camping, collecting artifacts and antiques and rock-hounding.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Aitken of South Lake Tahoe; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Jim Enterline and Judy and George Klingler, of South Lake Tahoe, Kristi Aitken and George Ornelas of Watsonville, Calif., and Penny and Malcolm Gould of Lompoc, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Luke and Lisa Aitken of Hawaii; brother, Robert B. Aitken of Hawaii; sister, Tihina Teinauri of Tubuai, French Polynesia; and grandchildren, Kalani Aitken, Jennifer and Jessica Klingler, Tim Enterline, Haley and Torry Ornelas and Scot Gould.

A private service and inurnment will take place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii in October.

In lieu of flower the family requests donations in Mr. Aitken’s memory be made to Hospice of the Lake, 2107 South Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

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