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Hero Down: California Department Of Corrections And Rehabilitation Correctional Officer Marcus Drake Dies Unexpectedly

Nipomo, CA – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Correctional Officer Marcus Drake died unexpectedly on Nov.13.

The 50-year-old correctional officer’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Correctional Officer Drake was born in San Luis Obispo and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School, according to his obituary.

“He was drafted out of high school by the Seattle Mariners but ultimately opted out to continue his education and play baseball at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA,” the tribute read.

Correctional Officer Drake graduated from college and began working both as a teacher and at a substance abuse center in Vacaville.

He joined the CDCR in July of 2007 and was initially assigned to the California Medical Facility, the CDCR said in a press release.

Correctional Officer Drake transferred to the California Men’s Colony in June of 2017, and remained in that position until his death.

He devoted more than 15 years of his life to serving the CDCR.

“Marcus will be missed and his family remains in our thoughts and prayers,” the CDCR said.

Correctional Officer Drake leaves behind his wife, Serena, and his children, Nakiyah, Ryan, and Dylan, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother and his siblings.

“Though he was only on earth for a short time, he is remembered every day by his friends and family,” the tribute read.

Correctional Officer Drake will be laid to rest on Nov. 28.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Correctional Officer Marcus Drake, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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