Patrolman John David Oldham

Patrolman John David Oldham

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, July 7, 1974

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John David Oldham

Patrolman John Oldham was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic.

Patrolman Harold Hambrick, who witnessed the incident, suffered a fatal heart attack.

Patrolman Oldham had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for two years and was stationed at Baird. He was survived by his son and daughter.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

directing traffic

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It's May 2024 and we are taking Exit 308 off of I20 west as we head to Lake Coleman. It's a bitter sweet drive passing thru Baird. Gene and I married in March of 1974. We lost you that same July. Just drove by the little 2 bedroom home you rented. Remembering the fun and laughter as you "radared" how fast we could run carrying a metal clipboard. Baird was our pit stop as we headed back to Texas Tech. It was a tough summer of 74 as we came home every weekend. We love and miss you. 50 years of our life lived but grateful for the 27 years of memories you left us.

Gene and Carol Oldham
Brother/Sis in law

May 3, 2024

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