Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Walter Kent Mundell, Jr.

Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Monday, December 28, 2009

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Walter Kent Mundell, Jr.

Three years today. I know you are keeping watch over us and keeping us out of trouble. Miss you alot.

Deputy Pete Turner #433
Pierce County SO

December 21, 2012

Memories of Kent.
Kent moved into the house next door to mine in Puyallup when he was 12 years old, I was 10.
It didn't take long before we were hanging out together and riding bikes, All the kids in the cul-de-sac were drawn towards
Lucky for me Kent took a liking to me as well, I soon found myself at his family's dinner table sharing a meal,
the next day Kent would be at my house eating Moms chocolate cookies as fast as they came out of the oven.
This went on for several years.
I remember one summer day , Kent and I were sitting on our skateboards with nothing to do,
Kent got up and retrieved the bike jump from out in the street and put it in the driveway, he then went and got 2 big steel garbage cans from the side of the house,he put the ramp in front of the cans, lets jump the cans with our boards he said. Soon it was 3 cans he was jumping. At 13 years old Kent was a risk taker looking for adventure. 3 cans wasn't enough, He went into the garage and found some charcoal lighter fluid, I starred in disbelief, kent had a 2 foot flame coming out of the cans, soon he looked like Evil Kinevil as he successfully jumped the flaming cans.
Kent loved to ride bikes and play video games, during summer vacation we would both sneak out to ride our bikes to 7-11 on Canyon AVE that was about 4 miles away,to play Donkey-Kong till the sun came up.
I was with kent one winter day when it started to snow, Kent fell to the ground and started rolling around in the snow, I asked him if he was O.k. he jumped back up and said "this is the first time I have ever been in the snow".
Kent loved the snow, on weekends we would take the ski bus to snoqualamie, soon Kent had his drivers license and a beat up 1969 chevy pickup, Kent would drive us to alpental and snoqualamie almost every weekend. Kent was spontaneous, out of the blue the phone would ring and it was kent, Craig,grab you ski's he would say, we are going night skiing to Alpental in 10 minutes.
Later in our late teens,I remember skiing at Crystal with Kent, we came to a sign on the hill that said warning, expert skiers only,I looked at Kent and said I'm not going down that, Kent said lets go, it's easy he said. I had no choice but to follow. We made it to the bottom of that hill,it wasn't easy. Kent said that wasn't so bad. Soon Kent and I were skiing all the expert and double diamond runs on Crystal, Kent was a self taught expert skier.
It's 6:00 O'clock friday night and the phone rings, it's Kent, Craig ,grab your tent and sleeping bag, were going camping. By the time we got to Ocean shores it was late and raining, there were no other cars on Ocean shores BLVD that night, except for the red & blue flashing lights behind us,great the cops are behind me with their lights on Kent said, maybe I was driving too fast . Kent pulled over to the shoulder and rolled down the window, The officer looked at both of us and asked us where we are going,Kent smiled and said " we're going camping, The officer said we were going the wrong way on a one way BLVD. The officer
gave us directions to the state park and let us go with a verbal warning.
I still cant figure out how Kent got past the exam board at the Department.
OH, that reminds me of the time Kent was getting ready to graduate from Rogers, he though it would be a great idea to disconnect the rear brake lines on his truck so he could do the biggest burn out on the last day of school. He did it.

Hey Kent, just so you know I'm still remebering you....

Later in life Kent would ask Lisa to take his hand in marriage, I'M sure she gladly said yes, as I soon found myself along with our other great friend, Greg Rupp, at the alter with Kent and Lisa, we were proud to be his 2 best men.
It wasn't long before Kent and Lisa moved to Las-Vegas, to be with his dad maybe.
Sometime after they were married I found myself needing some help so I called Kent, Kent said come stay with me and Lisa,( sorry Lisa). Kent offered me a room in their small 2 bedroom apartment in Vegas and I accepted, He got me a job at the plastic manufacturing company where he was employed, It was as he owned the place, I could see that everyone respected him. Kent would help anyone.
I stayed with Kent and Lisa for a few months then moved back to puyallup.

A year goes by,One day the phone rings, It's Kent and they had moved back to Puyallup, Kent tells me that he has just purchased a used Cessna airplane , I shook my head, Kent said I'll be over in 10 minutes to pick you up, I though to myself, there is no way I'M getting In a 1970's 2 seat cessna with Kent. Soon we were at thun field, in the plane, engine purring, Kent handed me headphones so we could talk to each other, He then calls the tower to say , November, X-ray, Tango, Zero, Zero, seven,ready for taxi. Kent sounded and acted like a 20 year commercial airplane pilot and my fears were put aside. We took off and landed
It has been a while since a have spoke with Kent as we got busy with successful careers and families.
These memories of Kent I will never forget. God bless you Kent,
Craig F.-Puyallup

Craig Faldet

September 21, 2012

Seems like yesterday I was listening to your laugh, on another middle of the night call that we shared so many of. I remember one of those nights, we were talking about why we do it. you told me that you had to make a difference, and then we broke into another fire vs police contest, and who's cooler. I wish I could tell you in person that I actually told that story today, to a review board evaluating me for entrance into the police academy. I told them all about you, and your story of becoming a cop, and some of the reasons you gave me, and what kind of an impact that had on me. LOL, you'd be giving me a ton of grief, and plenty of teasing, but I'd take every minute of it, since my big red truck was still cooler than your car. You're still making a difference buddy, every single day. I just hope I'm as good a person as you are, to say nothing of trying to live up to your standards of being an officer

Jason Koontz
Former South Pierce Firefighter

July 31, 2012

Deputy Mundell,

It was shortly after the 911 tapes of your incident were released when my partner and myself had picked up a subject to return him to our ship. We entered the subjects house and although we were shaken from listening to the 911 recordings, we were on our toes more than ever. I am sorry that you paid the ultimate sacrifice, but losing you has made others more aware. I applaud your service and I know you are missed by your friends, family, and co-workers. Rest Peacefully Sir.

MA2 James
NR NSF NASD GUAM / Previously USS John C. Stennis

May 12, 2012

I am so very sorry for the law eforcement family and Deputy Mundell's family. God Bless each and everyone of you. To his wife stay strong take his memory on your journey of life with your children. May the Lord be with you.


February 21, 2012

How tragic! An Officer, husband and father stolen from those who loved him. Nothing I can say can eliminate the pain you must feel. Just know that today, in Indiana, someone thought of him and said a prayer.

JB Wheeler
University of Notre Dame

January 24, 2012

Was it really two years ago today that Mike Blair keyed up from Harborview and spoke words that will stick with me forever?

"Seventy-two, Pierce County."

I knew in that moment that what I was about to hear would echo in ny mind forever.

I answered him, "Seventy-two...."

"Four-two-three is out of service."

I followed his brief message with every alert tone we had and repeated it for everyone to hear. Moments before he called on the radio, you had passed. You had made it through Christmas and even though our prayers never stopped, you went home to be with our Lord.

I think of you, Mark, Tina, Greg and Ronnie every day and miss you all so very much. I pray often for all of your families, your immediate families and your families in law enforcement and wish those days had never happened.

Keep watching over all of us buddy, you are dearly missed.

Matthew Brooks, Dispatcher

December 28, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the second anniversary of your death. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

December 28, 2011

Two years ago today, Kent. Two years ago, and it still hurts like it was yesterday. I can still hear your voice and remember the last time we talked, and I'm grateful for those moments like you wouldn't believe. I ran into Kirsten at Fred Meyer two weeks ago and you'd be proud of her. She harassed me and she's quick witted, just like you. Your memory lives on and we still talk about you at work. Inevitably, it ends in laughter and I know that's the way you'd want it. Keep watch over everyone, and know that we will not forget you. We remember you, Kent. Today, and all the days past as well as ahead. Rest well, brother.

Durand Dace

December 28, 2011

Two years have gone by. Seems like yesterday. Still miss you man and it just not the same without you here.

Deputy Pete Turner
Pierce County SO

December 22, 2011

I was flattened by the murder of my four friends on 12-29-09. You lived by me in the same neighborhood and I will never forget you coming over to tell me that if there is anything you can do, to please call. That meant a lot to me. Shortly after the memorial, I left for CO to take some time away. While I was there, I saw the news that you had been shot along with Nick and I don't have any words for how I felt that night. You were a brave man, a warrior at work, and a great father. I will miss you.

Officer Adam Leonard
Former Lakewood Police

December 7, 2011

Kent, I can't believe its coming up on 2 years. I sure do miss you guys (John Bananola 271). The Christmas holidays will never quite be the same. The first year after you and the Lakewood guys were murdered, was the worst year of my of my life. We were all in such a haze of disbelief/shock and sorrow. It was almost too much to bear. It has eased up some, but it will never be the same. I love you man. I'll see you soon.

Deputy Jim Jones
Pierce County Sheriff's Dept.

December 6, 2011

Kent, sorry I wasn't with that nite, you always covered my back, likewise. See you heaven my friend. You are always in heart. (:

Dan Davidson (DantheBlindman)
Ride along partner, friend, volunteerPCSD

August 25, 2011

I sure miss our conversations. Take care buddy.


January 19, 2011

It's hard to believe its been a year since that tragic day. Time has flown by. It's hasn't been the same since you've been gone. Keep us safe and watch over us.

Deputy Pete Turner
Pierce County Sheriff's Dept

December 31, 2010

Well was a year earlier this week. Several of us made the trek up to Ashford where a trail and brook were named in your honor. Your mom spoke highly of you yet again. I finally got to meet Lisa...and I turned into a blithering idiot. I did not want to upset her and hope I didn't. At the end of the speakers, your mom let a dove go and then several more were set was pretty awesome, but I know you were watching. Woo hoo to you...


December 31, 2010

To Deputy Walter Kent Mundell Jr, his family and his fellow officers with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Mundell’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Mundell and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

December 28, 2010

One year ago today you were trying cut a guy a Christmas break and get his uninvited, intoxicated self out of the house. You paid for your kindness with your life, but you now have life eternal in Heaven.

You are not forgotten; God bless you, Deputy Sheriff Mundell.

Family of Patrolman Clifton Miller
Rossford, OH, EOW 05/14/1966

December 21, 2010

Your birthday was this past Sunday....hope you had a grand time!! As always, you are in my thoughts. Still and forever missing your woohoos.....



December 1, 2010

I can't believe it's been a year already… Kent, you are sorely, sorely missed. I know you are watching over us, and we are watching over yours.

Sgt. Carpenter
PCSD - Friend

November 26, 2010

Dear Kent - although we never met, your bravery and valor has impacted my family enormously. Your sergeant is married to my niece. Because of your sacrifice, you saved not only his life, but the lives of the others in the house. You were not only a co-worker, but a friend, and they miss you so much. While they honored you in public in Piece County and in DC this week, they also honor you in private. I know that God welcomed you with open arms because there is no greater love than to lay down your life for others.

Jan Toth
Panama City, Florida

May 18, 2010

This has been a horrible year for law enforcement in WA
state. Sorry you got added to the list.
I know vengeance belongs to the Lord, but hey,
good shot, nicely done.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


May 14, 2010

Today they announced the addition of your name to the police memorial in Washington DC. It's a place I wish you never had to be. I miss you and your woohoo everyday but I know you are watching over us.


May 14, 2010

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Deputy Sheriff Kent Mundell,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Deputy Sheriff Kent Mundell. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Deputy Sheriff Kent Mundell is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


March 25, 2010

Deputy Sheriff Mundell,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Pierce County. And to yoru family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 9, 2010

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