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Police Officer Clarence W. Dean | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

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Clarence W. Dean

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Monday, January 17, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 26 years

Badge # 13994

Cause: Motorcycle accident

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Officer Dean was killed when his motorcycle drove off of a section of the Newhall Pass Interchange which had just collapsed due to a major earthquake. Because of the early morning darkness, he did not realize that the elevated roadway below him had collapsed and was unable to stop in time to miss the fall and died instantly.

When the Newhall Pass Interchange was rebuilt again one year later, it was renamed the Clarence Wayne Dean Memorial Interchange in his honor.

Officer Dean had been in law enforcement for 26 years and is survived by his son and daughter.

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I worked several years with Wayne. He was quite a joker and always had the other officers in the station laughing.

One true story about Wayne... My daughter was dating his son. Late one afternoon, his son called his dad and asked him to let her know that he wasn't going to be able to make it for that date because he had to work late.

Wayne called my daughter and relayed the message, but he told her "not to worry" - HE (Wayne) was going to pick her up and take her on that date.

My daughter said Wayne was a true gentleman and had her laughing in stitches all evening. He even had her home before her curfew time.

I retired soon after his demise. I know his son was trying to get onto the LAPD, but I never found out if he was successful.

Rest in eternal peace my friend. You are not forgotten.

Policeman James Van Riper
LAPD - Valley Traffic Division
October 15, 2016

 

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