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SPEED, James Mitchell
SPEED, James Mitchell Born March 28, 1965 in Santa Monica, Calif., went home to his Heavenly Father on July 7, 2018 at home with his family by his side after battling Cancer.Mitch is proceeded in death by his Father, James Monroe Speed. Mother, Barbara Ann Speed. Brother William Robert Speed and Niece Lawren Eileen Pompa. Survived by his wife Vickie, son Brodie, brother in law Rick Pompa, sister in law Christina (Jim) Neely and sister in law Denise Speed, numerous nephews and nieces. Family was truly everything to Mitch. Mitch spent his early years in Newhall and moved to Rosamond, Calif. as a young boy to begin a new life with his Mother and Brother. Mitch graduated from Rosamond High School in 1983, he was active in Football, Basketball and Track. He later went back to Coach Football at Rosamond High School until Cancer forced him to step away. He attended Antelope Valley College for a short time running track and decided his calling was in the family business, Speed Excavating and Grading. After numerous years in construction Mitch was hired at Edward Air Force Base. During this time, he spent years with some military friends and co-workers producing music and the creation of "Mendin Fences" came about. Mitch pursued his singing/ songwriting career, producing a CD and opened for some big-name Country Acts. "Mitch Speed and Mendin Fences" was named OCA Country Entertainer of the Year in 2000. The band dissolved after losing a key member to illness and Mitch knew he needed to follow his dream and he applied for the Sheriffs Department. Mitch thought this was the end of singing but he was wrong. He is recognized for his talent locally performing the "National Anthem" and "American Lawman" at city and county functions. Mitch was a Detective for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at the Lancaster Station. He spent numerous years on the Burglary and Robbery Team and settled into assaults. He loved what he did, but he loved that he could make a difference in his community. The diagnosis in 2016 forced Mitch to step away from work and he took the next 26 months to pursue living life and changing the world, treatment nor Cancer were not going to slow him down. He wrote a book, lived a dream of singing at church, became an ordained Chaplain, gave motivational speeches, commencement speeches, started a Bible Study and found any way possible to encourage those around him with his Faith. Mitch exemplified God, Family and Country. He was a Man who asked God to "use him" and that he did. You will be missed on this earth but Heaven has gained a true Warrior and yes you went with Blood on your Sword! A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday July 27, at 11:00 am., at the Highlands Christian Fellowship 39625 20th St. West Palmdale. Reception to follow at the Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster. Please wear light or Bright Colors, No Black Please. In lieu of flowers please make donations to City of Hope - Antelope Valley, 44151 15th Street West, Suite 101, Lancaster, CA 93534, Attn: Melissa.

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