Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Norman Edward Zator

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 6, 1969

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Reflections for Patrolman Norman Edward Zator

I met Trooper Zator when I worked for the Gibsons Discount store in LaMarque and later began my career in Law Enforcement with the LaMarque PD, after Trooper Zator had been murdered. He impressed me with his friendly and kind nature. I didn't get to serve with him but I was honored to have met and served with his father and brother both of whom were members of the LaMarque PD Reserves. I went on to serve with the Dickinson Police Dept, where I was one of the founding members of this department and later I served with the Manvel Police Department where I retired at the rank of Detective Sergeant.

Jay Coffman Detective Sergeant
LaMarque Police Department

January 13, 2023

Rest in peace Patrolman Zator.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 31, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 6, 2019

Patrolman Zator,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

October 6, 2012

God bless you Trooper Zator and your service/sacrifice to the citizens of Texas.

Sgt Mike Edes

March 23, 2011

I met Norman in Hitchcock his first week out of Patrol School. At 6 ft 4 in. his height was the first thing I noticed as he walked through the door. Norman always had a smile on his face. His heart was as large as his smile. I will always remember him. It was a true privledge and honor to have been his friend.

Forever friend

November 30, 2008

Your memory lives on to this day. The Norman Zator award is given to one member of each graduating class. Rest in peace.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

October 6, 2008

Today on the anniversary of your death we wish to remember you and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, Nh

October 6, 2007

As a young woman I met Trooper Zator in Hitchcock, which was part of his patrol area. He was always kind and friendly to the citizens there and we were so distraught when we heard of his passing. He will always be thought of and missed. May God's hand be on the family and friends he left behind and also the TDPS troopers that he served with and the ones that have followed behind him in service.

Linda Remmers Brister

January 30, 2007

It's been 36 years since Trooper Norman Edward Zator gave his life for the citizens of Texas. He will never be forgotten thanks in part to the ODMP.
The men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety are among the best that law enforcement has to offer. May God's hand be upon them and keep them safe from harm.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, (Retired)

October 6, 2005

Those who give their lives in the service of others are indeed true heroes. You are remembered and appreciated.

A citizen

October 6, 2004

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