Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joseph M. O'Connor

Spokane County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, August 13, 1961

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joseph M. O'Connor

Rest In Peace

Nick mottola
None

August 13, 2020

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 13, 2020

Hi Dad,

I hate being an orphan and I can't come to your page here and read the reflections without crying like a baby. It seems the older I get the more I miss you and the deeper I mourn. So many officers have been killed in the line of duty since your end of watch 8/13/1961. It is a senseless world filled with terror and evil. School shootings, police officers being killed for sport. There is little respect for the officers who are willing to die to protect us. Juli, Joe and I will always be proud that you are our Dad. We also will stand proud for the Blue and all their families who mourn the loss of their family members. It is really hard for me to believe I am now 65 and I was only 7 when you were taken from us. Your kids love and honor you.

Daughter Roxanne O'Connor

January 2, 2020

Another officer has joined you, Dad. Two more children that won't get to know their Dad. He was from Coeur D'Alene, ID. The whole community has come together and that community stretches the border.
I miss you all the time. I love you.

Juliana O'Connor
daughter

May 8, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 52nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 19, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 52nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

February 19, 2013

Dad,
As I was reading the reflections left on your page, I am crying like a baby. I was only 2 when you were taken from me. I do have a few memories of you. I also wonder what my life would have been like had you lived. I will always love and miss you as I have my whole life.
I wish you had lived. Say hi to Mommy for me.
I love you Daddy!!!

Juliana O'Connor
Daughter

March 4, 2011

I haven't been to this page in a long time but am really missing you laetly more than usual. The terrible slaying of the Lakewood Officer's just breaks my heart. I know how their families feel and am praying for them.

This is not a very nice world anymore dad but Thank You for your courage and determination to try make it a better place while you were a Deputy.

All of mom's family and most of your's is there with you now...am sure Heaven is alot happier place than earth but someday we will meet there and I will want a big hug too for all the years I missed getting them.

Love you Dad!

Roxanne McCoy
Daughter

February 6, 2010

Well dad mom is with you now and so are your brothers. Kinda funny felling bad that I had the whole family and felt like you were missing out as well we by not having you. Now that every one is gone and with you I kinda know how you must have been feeling.I still have my sister's and don't know what I would do with out them. You are still with me everyday. Roxy and Juli miss you as well and we will be ok. I bought the house you bought and we grew up in with mom! It's still in the family. I would love for you to tell mom I miss her alot and I know you are together again. Miss you too as I have my whole life. Thank you for protecting others I at least have lots of picures and stories,thank goodness couse thats the only way I've ever known you. I am praying for the 4 officer's familys that just lost their loved ones here in Washington. I miss and love you very much!! And mom alot too!

Joseph M. O'Connor the second
son

December 6, 2009

It's always so sad when kids have to grow up without a parent. No person can
be Mom and Dad. Our hearts go out to your kids. Thanks for serving the
Evergreen State!
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

August 14, 2008

To Deputy O'Connor's family: You father will live on in the hearts of law-abiding citizen's throughout this nation.
He has been watching over all of us since August 13, 1961 and knowing that, I feel much safer.
God Bless You All and Thank You Deputy Joseph M. O'Connor for laying down your life for your fellowman. No greater gift can be given.

Judi Hartwell
Retired Paramedic - North Carolina

October 31, 2007

A HERO TO MORE THAN HE KNOWS. (c)2004

Emory - Ephrata, WA
brother of Ferry County WA Undersheriff Matthew J Lane EOW 5/30/03

August 15, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 19, 2007

What you did in service to your community meant more than you'd ever guess - Thank you so much for your service

Sgt Don "Boots" Jensen Retired
Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, WI

May 19, 2007

Dad I just found this memorial page this because Joe called to tell me about it. I think of you everyday and have pictures of you scattered thru my home, including the one shown here. I was only 7 when you were taken from us but I was old enough to remember you flashing the lights on the patrol car for me every night before you went to work. I remember the swimming lessons that you made me take and oh how I hated them because of the water going up my nose. There are other things that I remember too but don't want to post them here for everyone. I think you would be proud of your kids dad. All of us wondered how our lives would have been different with you here but mom did the best she knew how and she never forgot you, in fact she spoke of you everyday til she died. It makes me smile to know that you are together again. I love you dad and am proud to be your daughter. How I wish that you would have been able to grow old.

Saucy Roxi

Roxanne O'Connor McCoy
oldest daughter

June 30, 2006

I did not get to know you, I was only one when you were taken from me, But dad I think of you almost every day and wonder how my life would be different with you in it. I love and miss you. Your son Joseph O'Connor the second

Joseph M O'Connor
son

June 18, 2006

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