Deputy DA dies in scuba accident

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Posted by on June 29, 2005 at 00:17:58:

Frank McGuire had been vacationing with family near Carmel

Yolo County deputy district attorney has died unexpectedly from a scuba-diving accident near Carmel.

Deputy District Attorney Frank McGuire, 50, was pronounced dead Sunday at 10:32 a.m. at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, according to reports.

He had been working in the Child Abduction Unit in the District Attorney's Office in Woodland.

"Frank was scuba diving with his daughter in Monterey when he passed away, said District Attorney David Henderson in a written statement posted on the DA's Web site.

"He was a truly passionate man: Passionate about his family, passionate about life and passionate about his work," Henderson stated. "He will be deeply missed."

McGuire started work for Yolo County in 1989 with the Public Defender's Office. He later worked in the District Attorney's Family Support Division before leading the creation of the Yolo County District Attorney's Child Abduction Unit.

Most notably he has been involved in the recent Ilene Hill case, in which HIll is alleged to have arranged the adoption of her daughter with another couple while she went to joining the Army. How McGurie's death will affect that case is still unknown.

He has been the state chairman of the District Attorney's Association Child Abduction Committee.

He has testified before the state Legislature and wrote "The Child Abduction Mandate."

"His guiding principle was to do what was in the best interest of the children," Henderson said.

"I will always remember Frank as a loving and committed father. As you walked into his office, you noticed the wonderful pictures of his daughter. He was always talking about his next planned trip to some exotic place and scuba diving with his daughter," Henderson said.

"He would take his daughter to special soccer training programs throughout California. He would nurture and support his daughter's love of soccer and goalie training," he said.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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