Lloyd Emory DeTienne, Jr. is a jolly, jolly soul. He was born in Zion on October 19, ????. A shroud of mystery keeps the year of his birth a closely guarded secret. But, rest assured, he was born…and man, what a life he has had! Rich with friends and family, he has seen a thing or two, been around the block and back, and he’s quick to tell you what he knows…and, in my experience at least, he’s always right!
Lloyd graduated from Zion–Benton Township High School in 1952 and married his high school sweetheart, Miss Sally Cook in 1953. They raised three girls and one son, and today they have seven grandchildren (including Talisa, a two–year old granddaughter adopted from the Philippines), and even one great–grandson, Ashton. “My children are all smart and strong and independent. It’s probably because of Sally,” Lloyd mused.
Lloyd is no stranger to hard work. He started early in high school as a paperboy delivering a six mile rural route everyday of the week or the Waukegan News Sun. His industriousness was recognized even then when he was selected as Outstanding Newsboy in 1951. He has always worked. After graduation, he tried his hand at a couple of cool things.
He remembers with fondness working as a bagger at the old A & P in Zion. He worked for a while for Colonial Bread as a local distributor. He even apprenticed to become a butcher! But, says Lloyd, “I knew since I was a small boy, when I would sit on my grandfather’s lap and look up at his badge, that I wanted to be in Law Enforcement.” Lloyd’s grandfather was the first Village Marshall of Fox Lake, Illinois. Lloyd started living his dream when he joined the City of Zion’s Police Department as a Patrolman in 1957.
Lloyd never meets a stranger. He is warm and caring, especially about senior issues and kids. In fact, he was the first full time Juvenile Officer for the City of Zion. In his reminiscing, I could see him walking along Sheridan Road waving and stopping to talk to the kids. “There was a real sense of community then,” he said. “It seemed like everybody knew everybody else, and that was the way we wanted it. I don’t know how many kids I knew on a first name basis. Heck, some of the kids I chased around town then are great community leaders now. Once in a while one of them will still walk up to me and thank me. It’s very gratifying.”
Lloyd was appointed Chief of Police in 1963. He was the youngest manin the State of Illinois to have achieved the position. As cool as this was, he had possibly his greatest dream come true when he was accepted and completed training at the famous FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He was honored yet again when, at graduation, he was selected by his peers to be the Class Spokesman for the 105th Graduating Session.
Lloyd considers himself a “peacemaker.” “I can almost always see both sides of an issue. If I can’t right away, I’m patient enough to reserve judgment until I can. It’s important to me that the people who trust me know that their opinions and ideas have been heard,” he said. “I decided to run for City Commissioner four years ago, because–after I retired–I missed being involved. I have lived away from Zion for a couple of brief periods in my life, and I found that I could not connect anywhere else. My roots are here; my life is here. It’s the people of Zion who make that a reality for me. This became the avenue for me to give something back. I love it!” smiled Commissioner DeTienne.