Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Pittsburg Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 24, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.

Your son turns 16 today. Sixteen years without you here to share all though father- son moments. My heart aches for him, for you, for JoAnn...for all of us.

You would be so proud of the fine young man he is.

Loving you forever and a day


Phyllis Loya
mom of Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 11, 2021

Rest easy Officer. Never forgotten.

Park City PD (Utah)

June 5, 2021

Thinking of you and your family on this day Officer Lasater. To say that your actions that day were heroic is a huge understatement and your service, military as well as police, and sacrifice will never be forgotten. May God watch over you, your family and the men and women of the Pittsburg Police Department.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven RizzoDelaware State Police (Retired)

April 24, 2021

As of this moment (EDT) it's been 16 years since your passing after being viciously attacked by two nobodies. Thank you for your efforts to stop them and for the service you were allowed to give for all of 5 years.

Your mother, Phyllis Loya, has done an exemplary job of keeping your name in the forefront as she pays tribute to those who have fallen since your passing and many who went before. She is apparently a strong woman and she has more than earned the respect of anyone who frequents this site and have seen her unending tributes. Whereas I have missed many, she seems to miss NONE. God Bless her.

And, Brother, God Bless YOU for your hard work and may we forever mourn your sacrifice, acknowledge through your Mother, the families left behind to deal with the heartache and outrage and may you forever and always, Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 24, 2021

Your service and selflessness is not forgotten and your family’s strength and resilience still inspires me all these years later. They are in my prayers.

Family friend

April 22, 2021

RIP sir! Bravo Co 1st platoon 29 Palms Ca. Red 1 thank you for your service!

Sgt Frausto
1st Platoon Bravo Co

April 19, 2021

As I sit here and peruse the ODMP site, as I try and do most days, I could not help but to visit your site again because of the numerous amazing reflections I have seen left by your mother. To no surprise, I have found that many other people certainly feel the same way as I do based on the other reflections here citing your moms kind and uplifting messages to officers and their families all over the world. God Speed my friend and God Bless your wonderful and amazing mother always.

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

February 13, 2021

This message is to your mom Larry. You should be so proud of the way she is honoring your memory by leaving heartfelt prayers and thoughts on pages of law enforcement individuals she never met, they are so uplifting.
Phyllis left a message on my dad's page, Stanley Schall (EOW 5/6/64), and it meant so much to my family and I. I was 13 when my dad passed and now so many years later,, I look around at the world and wonder what he would think.
I bet you've met my dad, he's a great fellow very funny and so handsome, give him my love. Blessings to your family who know the pain of loss but know that Our Father in Heaven is watching all of us who were left behind.

Daughter of Patrolman Stanley Schall

February 9, 2021

This message is to Phyllis Loya mother of hero police officer Larry Lasater. I have been on this website & quite amazed on how you leave a reflection for all our down police officers all over the United States. Your kind words & uplifting feelings make this world a better place to be. I sadly have many brothers in blue listed here & this is the only place we can say a few kind words or share a story of our departed friends. I want your family & daughter in law & grandson to know that Larry will never be forgotten. My LAPD brothers & sisters in heaven have taken Larry under their wing & are looking after him. They are all healthy & patrolling above doing some of gods work. Keep your head up high & know you are not alone the thin blue line is being tested but will not break. I look forward to more of your kind words & uplifting spirit. Thank you so much.

Rich Prindle P2+2 Motors
LAPD retired

January 6, 2021

I have not left a reflection for you for a long time, but you know you are always in my heart and my soul. Like many others, I have been troubled and depressed about the constant and unrelenting attacks on law enforcement and about the dangerous changes to us that I see happening in our country. Year 2020 has been challenging in so many ways. I worry a lot about your friends (and mine) that are holding the line. I have had to accept that I can only do what is in my power and stand firm in my own beliefs and values. I love you more than I can ever possibly express through written words. Continue to remain guard over us I don't understand how anyone without faith can survive grief journeys.

You would be so proud of Cody. JoAnn has done a great job of raising a stellar young man.

Mom misses you with every breath I take. Loving you forever and a day.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 2, 2021

Larry, your mom left a very sweet and kind message on the page of a relative of mine, the famous Cherokee Wild West lawman Sam Sixkiller. I figured I'd come here and return her kindness. I'm very sorry that you weren't on this planet when your son was born, but I'm sure you look down with pride on him and your other family. Many blessings to you and yours, Brother. You left your son with a fine example of duty, courage and heroism. Maybe in that place beyond what we know there is something like a special social club like the VFW for us cops and vets. If there is, I'll meet you there, shake your hand and trade stories with you. All the best to your family.

OFC JH Allen
AUPD - Columbia, SC

December 24, 2020

Today marks no particular anniversary or significant Day on a calendar with regard to the loss of Pittsburg Police Officer Larry Lasater Jr (ID #257), however, in my opinion, ALL days in the life of this HERO, are equally as important!

I did not know Larry personally, and sadly, had never even heard of “Pittsburg, California”, although I’ve lived and worked in California for over forty years now.

I was blessed to be able to retire from a nearly 24 year Law Enforcement career, here in California. During those years, I’ve had the misfortune of attending far too many Police Officer funerals!

After retirement, I did some searching, and found this Awesome website,(ODMP)! Every Peace Officer LODD posted, is an unfathomable loss!!

Officer Lasater Jr’s murder struck particularly close to home for me. In reading multiple Heartfelt posts from his Mother, Phyllis, I grieve alongside your family, friends, community members and co-workers. I could only imagine my own Mother’s pain in response to her own son’s murder in the Line of Duty!

Brother Larry, you can Rest Peacefully knowing that, although your life was cut way too short due to the EVIL, PURELY SELFISH actions of a couple depth-dwelling members of Society, you could not have served the Citizens of the City of Pittsburg, California, with more distinction!

Your Mother Phyllis has Exemplified what the Mother of a Fallen Police Officer could attain, in her expression of Strength, Faith, and Support. I’m certain that She has helped many other families of Fallen Officers navigate through such unimaginable pain!

Thank you again, Officer Larry Lasater Jr,
(ID #257), for your Service to our Country, and for unselfishly laying your life down while protecting the Citizens of Pittsburg, California, rather than swaying from your path of duty!!

Trooper Schobel/15502 (Ret)
Inland Division MRE
CHP Riverside Area

September 14, 2020

Officer Lasater, thank you for your service. You’ll never be forgotten.

Dispatcher H McCarthy

August 7, 2020

Officer Lasater, I frequently see the very nice reflections left by your mother for other officers on this incredible web site but have never actually taken the time to look you up until now. Your selfless actions that day are the true definition of heroism and you undoubtedly saved numerous lives, but you as if that wasn't enough, you surely saved even more lives afterwards with the donation of your organs. Never has the word "hero" been more true. Rest in peace always and God Bless you, your mother, your family and the entire Pittsburg Police Department.

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

June 27, 2020

Officer laster, 15 years ago yesterday you were horrifically murdered by two robbers. May you continue to Rest In Peace

Mark Mottola

April 25, 2020

Larry was my platoon commander for 1st Tank Scout Platoon. Never a finer human. Rest In Peace brother. Semper Fi.

Lt. Dabney
Casper Police Department

April 25, 2020

Respect, Honor, Remember. Thinking of your bravery, service and sacrifice. Your memory lives on through your amazing family.

Wisconsin C.O.P.S. G. Birkholz
Mom of Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

April 16, 2020

Officer Lasater, I did not know you and had not heard of your passing. I came here because I have seen your wonderful, giving mother posting on just about every fallen officer's page I have visited that I have known. You should be proud of her as she obviously is so very proud of you. She is keeping your memory alive as well as keeping the memories of ALL fallen officer's alive.

Mrs. Lasater, I am the founder of Blue_Wives_Matter - a support group for fallen officer's spouses and their children, regardless of COD (so that means I do not turn away any family, whether it was LODD or not). I have a special program for the children of our fallen where I send the kids law enforcement patches every month for them to collect. It's a nice way for the kids to know that their dad's and they are NOT FORGOTTEN and that someone out there remember's them and the ultimate sacrifice their family has made. If your grandchild would like to be a part of this program please contact me at [email protected] or you can find me on Facebook under Kristen Sweaza or Blue_Wives_Matter (use the underscores). If any law enforcement officer is reading this and would like to donate patches to my program you can also email me. I depend on donations to keep the program running.

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son. He is a true hero and I can see where he gets it from! My sympathies go out to his family.

All my best to the Lasater Family

Kristen Sweaza
Daughter of retired ILOD LAPD Motor Officer
Wife of Police Captain Rob Sweaza Fountain Valley PD, CA (RET)
Founder of Blue_Wives_Matter

April 2, 2020

May god bless you

Mark Mottola

February 19, 2020

I just met Larry’s mother Phyllis at my home in Washington State. She was next door visiting neighbors and found out that I had retired from 31 years LE service from LA and San Bernardino County a decade ago. She came by and we visited and spoke of her son Larry.
We live in a fallen world that will be made new once again according to the words of Christ. No words can adequately describe the honor and character of this Officer, cut short by a son of lawlessness.

Brian M. / Detective

October 18, 2019

I never knew you, but I was thinking of you, because your mom, and your wife left some very kind words on my dad's page.(Officer Arthur Williams EOW 3-1-78 Newark N.J.) May you R.I.P. , and I pray for your family many blessings.

Michael Williams

June 22, 2019

You are still loved and missed by all who knew you. May God give peace to your loving family.

Janet Mulhern, Sheriff's Dispatcher
Contra Costa County, California; Ada County, Idaho

April 24, 2019

On the anniversary of your death, may you always be remembered for your service and sacrifice for country, community, and family. Words can not convey what the heart feels. I never met my grandfather who also gave his life in service and had to leave behind his pregnant wife and a young daughter. You both will be remembered and honored by those who love and respect who and what you were. Rest in Peace and may God watch over you and your loved ones.

Lisa Cargill
Granddaughter of Willard A. Tubbs, Pvt. Oregon State Police, 1939

April 24, 2019

This is that day your loved ones remember with pain and tears no matter how many years have gone by. The love you left behind and the memories that bring smiles will forever cast a warm glow in the hearts of your family and friends. The son you never met is approaching young adulthood now and I feel sure you are watching over him; you are his hero and he is yours. Many people will be thinking of you today and praying for continued comfort for your family.

“...In this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope.....” Your mother Phyllis has my sincere admiration for her devotion to your memory and for her devotion to honoring the lives of so many fallen officers on ODMP. We must always be thankful for people who draw us together in a caring way for a common cause.

Surviving spouse of LAPD Officer Roger Warren (eow 5/8/67)

April 24, 2019

I was an alternate juror for this trial. Larry was a great man. The guys that killed him were children and made some really dumbass decisions. They got justice.

This case left an impact on my life. How great he was and how fantastically strong his wife and mother were.

I will remember you forever.


April 11, 2019

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