Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) reported the passing of Correctional Officer John R. Westphal on Aug. 3.

Officer Westphal started with CDCR on Nov. 14, 1988 at California State Prison, Corcoran.

During his 26-year career, he worked at the Correctional Training Facility, Salinas Valley State Prison, California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, and North Kern State Prison before settling at KVSP in March 2011.