Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer David Wayne Crowther

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch Thursday, December 27, 1979

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Reflections for Officer David Wayne Crowther

I was David's teammate at Olympic JC in Bremerton - He did have a great sense of humor! We were linemen together. What a mountain of a man. I think of him often. He is missed by all!

Shelton WA.
Team mate at Olympic JC.

July 23, 2016

I worked with Dave when he was a rookie officer with the Corvallis Oregon Police Department in 1974. He came to us from Portland where he was friends with Portland Officers. He loved working out and was in excellent shape. However, he diddn't like runing (actually jogging) and would complain about it when going with some of us after our shift. beings I was much smaller and a lot less stronger It was great to have him as my backup. His favorite place to eat, which was often beings he was a bachelor, was an all you can eat resturant where the owners adopted him. He had a great personality and was liked by everyone. His dream was to get on the Portland Police Departemnt and be assigned to the Narcotics Division. I often thought of him especialy when I worked undercover as a narcotics officer. I even worked a couple of cases with Portland's Officers after his death. He was a good friend who inspired me to stay physically fit (I still work out and have a complete gym taking up a bay in my garage). I was recently at the Police Academy attending my son-in-laws graduation and saw Dave's name inscribed on the Memorial. It brought back the memories and I found this site today. I'm sure I will see him again.

Retired Sergeant Wayne Botta
Corvallis Police Department

April 29, 2013

I was David's roommate and teammate at Olympic JC in Bremerton - I loved Big Red, I miss his humor and story telling. I still remember his dad calling me to let me know David had died. What happened to Red and why it happened - (the truth is in Gods hands) I miss him every time I see an attractive women which is often - he loved women...

Dennis In Seattle

Dennis Poppe
Friend and teammate

December 23, 2012

I was and am Dave's good friend! We were roommates twice! The second time at the Brandywine Apts, #3 in 1979! We also worked out together a Loprinzi's Gym! We spent a lot of time at the Turquoise Room, and Earthquake Ethels! I also helped him coach the 1976 girls softball team at Madison High School. We just had a lot of fun, and he was gone too soon! He would have turned 60 on Sept 23rd! I just can't believe it! He was just full of life and so proud of his job! I wish you were here Big Red! Your pal, Tom(Oak)

Tom Wulzen Friend

October 27, 2012

I, too, remember David at the Brandywine Apartments. He lived next door to me for a while the moved to a different unit at the complex a while later. He was always a good-natured man, a proud officer and funny. I was just 17 when he was shot and subsequently died. I remember the anger I had while full of the sorrow of a loss I didn't understand at that time. But I regularly reflect back on those days, Dave going to the gym to work out, always being the life of the laughter at poolside, always taking time to say 'hi' to me and his pride to serve as an officer in Portland. Rest in Peace David. You will always be remembered.

J.M. Favata
Former neighbor

September 1, 2011

Officer David Crowther: I was a former neighbor at the Brandywine Apartments. Although I didn't know you except to say hello, your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Here we are 30 years down the road, and I regularly reflect on your service to the PPB and the ultimate sacrifice you gave. Someone I knew a few years after your death worked at Emanuel Hospital during your stay, and told me some of the story of what happened. So sorry this happened to you before your life really had a chance to begin. You seemed like a nice guy.

A former neighbor

December 1, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 15, 2008



December 26, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Officer David Crowther and his fellow officers with the Portland Police Bureau:

On behalf of our family, I want to say that your fallen officer and his sacrifice have not been forgotten. His valor and courage will always be remembered.

Officer Crowther's close friend David Lewis told me about what an amazing young man David was and I am certain that he touched many lives in a positive way.

May David's spirit continue to soar and his memory continue to inspire. May God hold David and his family in the warmest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer Crowther gave to his community and the citizens of Oregon, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on December 27, 1979.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater of the Pittsburg, Ca PD eow 4/24/05

December 22, 2006

Remembering you along with all the others on 12-27 who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace. You're not forgotten.


December 27, 2004

Thank you for your hard work officer!
Thanks to Chief Moose's book, I learned of your hereoic action.

Thank you!

Police Intern
Montgomery County Police

September 29, 2003

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