Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1994

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Clarence W. Dean

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.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge 13994

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Clarence was a funny guy to be around at work. I remember back at the old vtd we had a roll call in a little break room way back in the corner one day. There was a glass window & Clarence was on the outside of the room making funny faces behind the watch commanders back. We were all laughing so hard & every time the watch commander turned around Clarence quickly went back to straight face. Fun guy fun times to be a cop. I remember when he spray painted his tennis shoes black & we were all amazed at his joking with management. I made motors in 10-94 the year he was killed in the northridge earth quake. The overpass that came down in the earthquake is named the Clarence Wayne Dean memorial overpass. I want his family to know he was a great guy & made work a fun place to be. I never got to work motors side by side with Clarence but wish I could have. I think the plaque on the wall with his spray painted tennis shoes is still at VTD. Godspeed my motor brother you were missed by many but never forgotten we loved your joking around.

Rich Prindle P2+2 Motors
LAPD retired

January 6, 2021

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