Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Donald D. Eustice

Waseca County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Saturday, September 4, 1976

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Reflections for Sheriff Donald D. Eustice

Rest in peace always and please know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your fellow law enforcement.

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

September 4, 2020

Your influence has cast far and long. Your presence as a father continues to help cops through your son. Who has guided myself as both a father and a cop to sort through this dual life we lead; helping me to be more effective at both through understanding. He is both kind and wise as I imagine the apple fell near the tree. I cannot think of anything of which a man would be more proud and satisfied than knowing his picked up the flag and continued the march. God bless you.


March 2, 2020

Don, I never got to know you but you where an awesome man. If anyone reads this tribute page and does not know you they should research your name and read about you. It makes me wonder, what have I done to make the world around me better? I have been living on this world longer than you were allowed and have done less for society. You have been my inspiration to do more for my fellow man. Thank you for that and thank you for your sacrifice.


March 22, 2015

Thank you dad for all you did for your family and community,you are still greatly missed. I spent the last year building a patrol car in your memory and the memory of all fallen peace officers, everywhere. I know you are still greatly missed and working overtime watching over us from above. scott

scott eustice

July 1, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

36 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice. YOu left behind a great family. We will will not forget the sacrifice that you made. in 2011, September 4th of every year has been declared: "Sheriff Don Eustice Memorial Day" by Waseca County Commissioners to let family and friends know that Sheriff Eustice has not been forgotten and to remind others of the sacrifice that you made.

Chief Deputy
Waseca County Sheriff's Office

September 4, 2012

As I sit here and reflect on the great memories of another Police week in Washington DC, I think of your family and the families of thousands of officers listed on the wall. I've met many survivors who share similiar stories in the loss of a father/mother, husband/wife, or son/daughter. Please continue your watch over officers everywhere.

Sheriff Eustice, you are not forgotten!!!

Chief Deputy
Waseca Co S.O. & President of the Don Eustice Scholarship Committee

May 16, 2012

Another September 4th passes by now 33 years. You are not forgotten. God Bless.

Trevor Kanewischer- Investigator
Waseca County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2009

dear grandpa,
i'm sorry I never got to meet you and that makes me sad but I have heard that you were a great man. i've heard alot of storys about what you use to do and all of them sound funny how you would pick on your kids.

At this time you have about 22 grandkids and all of them love to hear stories about you. i guess its because you were such a wonderful person and sheriff you made your family proud.


November 29, 2007

"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

November 29, 2007

I never met you but stories of your life have carried on through fellow officers and your family. The event of that September day still affects those that were close to you and even those that never knew you. You won't be forgotten. You are a true hero!

Trevor Kanewischer
Waseca County Sheriff's Office

November 1, 2007

What a sad story. You dedicated your life to protecting people and this is how you were repaid for it. Terrible!

Neither you, nor your sacrifice, have been forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

June 29, 2007

I still remember the day my dad came home upset about your murder. I was just a little girl but it is forever burned into my memory. He was a deputy for Freeborn County and knew you, respected you and looked up to you. It bothered him ALOT...for the rest of his career. I found your name at the memorial in Washington DC and made a rubbing for my dad...You are bothered my father that your children were left without a father...because he said you were a great one and LOVED your kids....God Bless You!!!

Charlotte Olson

June 1, 2007

hi grandpa! i really don't know you but a lot of people say you were a good person.

Jessica Hertzog

March 6, 2007

Dad, I miss you so much. I am so very proud of you and the work you did for Waseca County. It has been 30 years and people still take about what a wonderful person you were and how you changed their lives.

Thank you for teaching me how to be a giving person, a good friend, a hard work and a loving family member.

You will always be missed.

December 18, 2006




November 11, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

October 14, 2004

Thank you Dad for all you did. I am still amazed at the number of individuals that I run into who comment on how you affected their lives. These comments I hear from others have helped shape my life and how I deal with others.

I wish you could have seen all of your children grow into adults. You now have many grandchildren who are being educated into how one person can have an impact on others. I know you would have been a great grandfather. Not a day goes by that I or anyone else in the family, does think of you.

June 17, 2004

Thank you, Sheriff, for your bravery and sacrifice. Please watch over us from above.


August 24, 2003

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