A Kentucky law enforcement official, who served his community for nearly four decades, died one day before he was going to retire.

Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Lt. Clifton Scott “Scotty” McGaha died on early Saturday morning, Jan. 18, from natural causes, WAVE reported.

McGaha, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, also served in the Vietnam War, according to his obituary.

Even though the 69-year-old lieutenant planned to retire from his position, he had no plans to completely step away from the world of law enforcement altogether.

Bullitt County Sheriff Walt Sholar said that as he stepped out of the role with Bullitt County, he had plans to be sworn in as an Audubon Park Police Department (APPD) officer on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

McGaha’s wife of nearly 50 years, JoAnn, died just four months earlier, according to his obituary.

A scholarship in their names has been established for first-generation college students and veterans looking to study criminal justice at the University of Louisville.

McGaha leaves behind three children and three grandchildren, as well as his mother and siblings.

McGaha was remembered fondly on social media.

“Scotty was a wonderful friend for over 38 years and a dedicated public servant for much longer than that,” the BCSO said in a Facebook post. “Scotty McGaha truly embodied the Skills of a Warrior with the Heart of a Servant. He lived his Marine Corps motto ‘Semper Fidelis’ every day and gave selflessly to our County and our Commonwealth over and over again!”