Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Ferry County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 2003

Matthew John Lane

Undersheriff Lane was killed in an airplane accident during a search-and-rescue mission near the Sherman Pass summit at 1000 hours.

He and a civilian pilot were part of a rescue effort searching for a missing woman. The woman was found later in the afternoon when she walked out of the woods near the point where she was reported missing. The pilot of the Cessna 172 was also killed in the accident.

Undersheriff Lane had served with the 8-person department for 13 years, and had previously served with the Republic Police Department for 4 years, and with the Soap Lake Police Department. In 1999, he was shot in the cheek when he responded to a neighborhood disturbance.

He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge A2

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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To Undersheriff Mathew John Lane and family,

I wanted to thank you for your dedicated service to our country, state, and local community. I hope and pray that your family as found peace over the years, though a part of them will always be missing. And I hope that they honor your legacy as a husband, father, brother, and a son.

Today and always may you be honored.

Thomas VanDam
Fellow pilot

July 24, 2018

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