Deputy Sheriff Donald R. Kartchner

Deputy Sheriff Donald R. Kartchner

La Plata County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, October 13, 1972

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Donald R. Kartchner

Deputy Sheriff Kartchner was killed in an automobile crash while in a high-speed pursuit on Vallecito Lake Road in Vallecito Lake.

Deputy Kartchner was driving southbound, pursuing a speeding vehicle, when his patrol car skidded on a tight turn. A vehicle traveling north struck the side of his patrol car, killing him instantly.

Deputy Kartchner had served with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office for three years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, two stepsons, his father, two brothers, and six sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Not available
  • Offender Not available

vehicle pursuit, vehicle crash

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I will always remember your pride of being a law enforcement officer. I will forever remember my tears of sadness and pride as we passed the numerous law enforcement officers saluting you on the way to the cemetery.

Your professionalism and honor you displayed were an example that led me to pursue a career in law enforcement. I'm now retired after 37 years in law enforcement. I will always be proud of you.

Your loving son, Dan Kartchner, Retired Chief Investigator

Dan Kartchner

October 6, 2023

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