Roderick (Mac) MacPherson, a retired Los Angeles County deputy marshal, has died at his home. He was 61.
MacPherson died Thursday of a heart attack, said his nephew, Kevin Gilmartin.
Born in Boston, MacPherson worked as a mechanical engineer and played the bass in the Charlie Mal Trio in Massachusetts before he came to California in 1962. He soon joined the Los Angeles County Marshal’s Department and three years later was transferred to the Van Nuys courthouse, where he worked as a bailiff. As a senior deputy marshal, MacPherson oversaw the deputy marshals who provide courtroom security and supervise criminal defendants.
MacPherson’s sense of humor and easygoing manner made him a popular court figure, said Lt. Cary Klippert, division commander of the marshal’s office at the Van Nuys courthouse. MacPherson retired in December, 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, of 33 years; brothers Gordon MacPherson of Braintree, Mass., and William MacPherson of Waltham, Mass.; sister Muriel Maver of Braintree, Mass., and three nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Lorenzen Mortuary in Reseda is handling the arrangements.
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