Officer Merle E. DeWitt

Officer Merle E. DeWitt

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Wednesday, December 25, 1963

Merle E. DeWitt

Officer Merle DeWitt was killed when his police motorcycle was struck head-on by an out of control vehicle.

He was returning home from holiday patrol duty when the vehicle struck him on the Santa Ana Freeway at the Rio Hondo overpass, in Commerce.

Officer DeWitt had served with the California Highway Patrol for 21 years.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 534

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash
  • Incident Date Tuesday, December 24, 1963

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 25, 2011

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