Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

Customs Agent Denis Lee Van Patten

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, December 22, 1980

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Denis Lee Van Patten

Customs Agent Denis Van Patten was killed in a vehicle crash while assigned as an attache to the United States Department of State in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Agent Van Patten was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. He had served with the United States Customs Service for six years and was assigned to the United States Customs Service's Narcotics Control Division. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Overseas

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Agent Van Patten,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but also when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 22, 2020

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