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Deputy Sheriff Edward A. Grant County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

Deputy Sheriff

Edward A. "Bud" Morrow

Grant County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch: Saturday, March 6, 1982

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Paroled after 10 years

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Deputy Edward Morrow was shot and killed in his home as a result of a grudge that two local residents held against him.

The two women, a mother and daughter, arranged to have an out of town house-guest murder Deputy Morrow. Deputy Morrow's body was found in his home that afternoon by a snowmobile rider who had stopped to visit him. He had been shot in the face with a hunting rifle.

The three suspects were arrested two days later. The two women were convicted of murder and paroled after serving 10 years. The male suspect was convicted only of burglary, but was also wanted in Connecticut on several charges, including assaulting a police officer.

Deputy Morrow served as the town of Granite's only law enforcement officer and as mayor. The town had only 20 residents, had no phones, and was only accessible 4 months out of the year. Deputy Morrow had served as a special deputy sheriff for 12 years and had previously served as the town's caretaker before being appointed.

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My folks had the "Republican Comeback Mining Claim" on Granit creek for nearly 15 years and I remember the many times I would visit them at the cabin I'd see Bud rolling up in his jeep, pop out and just check to make sure all was well.

Bigger than life, Bud said volumes in that quiet grace and soft spoken manner. It was a fitting honor that the procession contained law enforcement from Oregon, Washington and Idaho and was up to 5 miles long This was a clear declaration of respect to the man who carried a badge for the safety and sake of others and asked so little in return.

Through the years I know Bud has been missed by all who knew him and those who should have had this tragic epilog of greed and malice not been unleashed.

Looking forward to seeing Bud in the hereafter!

no rank, Kathy Herbert
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August 5, 2015

 

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