Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 1, 1964

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Reflections for Patrolman Jerry Wayne Cawthon

I was 6 when Officer Cawthon was murdered. He was a friend of my parents. I hung out at his house. He took me for a ride on his Harley a few times. I remember his patrol dog, a beautiful German Shepard, that was very protective of him. If only he had been able to have his dog with him that night. From what I remember, A.P.D. had had complaints about officers using their dogs too aggressively and had suspended their use.
I have thought about Jerry often over the years. The few memories I have are ones I will never forget. God bless you Officer Cawthon.

M. L. Cain
long ago family friend

July 7, 2022

It does not seem fair that the guy only got a ten year sentence. I honor you and all the officers for your courage and doing your job. God Bless You. Jerry Acey Family

Jerry Acey
concerned citizen

January 2, 2022

Hey it’s your great grandson. I wish I would of known you but you got killed unfortunately. You would be such a nice great grand father. To bad I won’t meet you for a long time.

Jack Mullins
Great Grandson

July 27, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Cawthon.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 17, 2020

You have been heavy on my heart lately and did a google search to see what came up and this was at the top of the search. I am glad someone has put this site together Thank You! Dad I wish I had know you and thank you for your service. The country is going a little crazy and police are not being respected like they should. I'm sadden to read the short bio they have up for you. Plus I forgot that the killer only got 10 years! WOW! Then he got out and murdered again. So sad! You have two granddaughter's from me and one has your same birthday she just turned 42 you would have loved them DeLana Renee and Leslie Jeannette are their names. Mitzi has a boy and girl and I'm hoping you have meet Natasha she passed away 14 years ago February and Jason her son is a good man. Michael also has three children that are all grown Jennifer, Heather and Kevin. We are all doing good and you will be proud of the people we became in spite of the hardships we endured in our young lives.
Your Daughter Laura

Laura Davidson

January 30, 2020

RIP. May we never forget your service and sacrifice

Retired Lt Brent Clay
Amarillo Tx Police

September 28, 2019

RIP Officer. Your efforts were not in vain

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 2, 2018

Cannot count the number of times you have crossed my were such a YOUNG man. You and Bill. A great canine officer with your partner Franz. The world is a cruel, unfair place way too often.

Susan Head Chesnut

April 19, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer Jerry Cawthon. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice.

I pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers and their spawn.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

January 2, 2016

Jerry -- it will be 50 years on New Year's morning, but it seems like only yesterday that I would see your smiling face leaning over the back counter asking for a report or asking me to book something in for you.

I was working that night and for some reason a bunch of us had not left the building after 4-12 shift -- I will never forget the chill that went through all of us when the call went out.

I was pretty young back then and you always treated me like I was an equal.

God Bless you -- and as you patrol the streets of Heaven, tell Bill Meadows I miss him too!

Valerie Conley/Civilian
Amarillo Police Department/Friend

October 28, 2013

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 4, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 48th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered

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

January 1, 2012

Officer Cawthon I respect you in every way and you inspire me as I am trying to begin a career in Law Enforcement. When I first began in my studies of Criminal Justice I had happen to be at Llano Cemetery where I saw your name on the monument of fallen Texas Panhandle Peace Officers. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our community may God bless you and your family. You sir will never be forgoten.

J. Richardson
Criminal Justice major Amarillo College/West Texas A&M

June 5, 2009

rest in peace sir!ten years in jail is not enough,thanks for keeping this crazy world safer! belgium(europe)

francky wygers

January 4, 2008



December 30, 2007

I had the priviledge of serving with Jerry on the same shift, 4pm to midnight,East side beat. Jerry was one of our best K-9 Officers. On the night of his death, he had taken over my beat for that date since I took a day off.The same group of Mexicans that participated in his murder had vowed to kill me previously. I firmly believe that it was a set up and the group thought that I was in that patrol car that evening. Jerry was a good Officer and I will never forget him. Rest in peace Jerry.

Ex Police Officer Raul H. Diaz
Amarillo Police Department 1961-1968

September 26, 2006


It doesn't seem like 42 years since that horrible night. You were a friend and a mentor -- I know you are up there somewhere patrolling Heaven with Bill Meadows!


July 12, 2006

Patrolman Cawthon,
On today, the 41st anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Amarillo. It's a travesty of justice that your murderer was only given 10 years.


January 1, 2006

We are so sorry you lost your life protecting the very person that took your life. You were brave in the face of danger any I know you are being blessed for that. Good work Officer Cawthon and we thank you.

Felony Ivestigators
State Attorneys Office of Florida 5th Circuit

November 14, 2005

May god watch over all that knew you ,, You are gone but as long as officer down is around and friends and family of yours... You will never be forgotten... god rest and god bless

Someone that cares

September 19, 2003

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