Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 17, 1994

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Reflections for Police Officer Clarence W. Dean

Wayne always had us in stitches. One of the funniest guys I ever met. My daughter was dating Wayne's son (Guy). One day, Guy asked his dad to call my daughter to let her know that he had unexpectedly be required that evening and to cancel the date for him. Wayne told him "OK" but never called Andrea. Instead, Wayne arrived at my home and told me that she had gotten all prettied up (his words) and he wasn't going to let her go through all that trouble just to sit home that evening. So Wayne took her out to a very nice dinner and for as goofy as Wayne could be, my daughter said he was the perfect gentleman on that "date". I think of you often my friend - you are missed, but will never be forgotten. May you forever rest in eternal peace enfolded within the wings of your guardian angel.

Jim Van Riper P-2
LAPD VTD Retired

February 23, 2021

Clarence was a funny guy to be around at work. I remember back at the old vtd we had a roll call in a little break room way back in the corner one day. There was a glass window & Clarence was on the outside of the room making funny faces behind the watch commanders back. We were all laughing so hard & every time the watch commander turned around Clarence quickly went back to straight face. Fun guy fun times to be a cop. I remember when he spray painted his tennis shoes black & we were all amazed at his joking with management. I made motors in 10-94 the year he was killed in the northridge earth quake. The overpass that came down in the earthquake is named the Clarence Wayne Dean memorial overpass. I want his family to know he was a great guy & made work a fun place to be. I never got to work motors side by side with Clarence but wish I could have. I think the plaque on the wall with his spray painted tennis shoes is still at VTD. Godspeed my motor brother you were missed by many but never forgotten we loved your joking around.

Rich Prindle P2+2 Motors
LAPD retired

January 6, 2021

I was reflecting on that day and as a motorcycle officer myself I often remember this officer’s sacrifice. I came here because I could not remember his name. Although he will always be my brother, I needed to remember him by name.

S/R Deputy DDJ
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

October 7, 2020

I just saw a photograph of the aftermath of the earthquake. I was on that collapse section of freeway that morning when Officer Dean drove off the collapsed section. I will never forget the circumstances of that early morning. And never forget him. I attended his funeral and spoke to his son and daughter. I only wish I could’ve done more. He will always be a true hero in my mind and dedicated officer. Rest in peace.

Retired Sgt. Anthony Brown
Los Angeles Airport Police

January 22, 2020

Ha! I was working the night of the spray painted tennis shoes described by my good, departed friend “JJ”. Leave it to “weird Wayne” to come up with that solution. He did keep us all laughing. So many years later, the mere thought of Wayne makes me smile. Cops are truly family like no other.

Timothy Smith. Sergeant II
LAPD retired

July 6, 2019

Officer Dean,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 17, 2018

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 21, 2017

God bless you brother, your family and fellow officers!!

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

January 17, 2017

I always think of this brave officer and wanted to pay my respects. God bless


January 5, 2017

I worked several years with Wayne. He was quite a joker and always had the other officers in the station laughing.

One true story about Wayne... My daughter was dating his son. Late one afternoon, his son called his dad and asked him to let her know that he wasn't going to be able to make it for that date because he had to work late.

Wayne called my daughter and relayed the message, but he told her "not to worry" - HE (Wayne) was going to pick her up and take her on that date.

My daughter said Wayne was a true gentleman and had her laughing in stitches all evening. He even had her home before her curfew time.

I retired soon after his demise. I know his son was trying to get onto the LAPD, but I never found out if he was successful.

Rest in eternal peace my friend. You are not forgotten.

Policeman James Van Riper
LAPD - Valley Traffic Division

October 15, 2016

I live in Lancaster and 5 days a week I drive back and fourth to the valley for work as many others do. I think of you every time I pass the interchange. The day the freeway fell I was driving north not aware of your unfortunate fate. I wish I could have been there for you, I was nearly 19 at the time. My father was driving me home fearful my mom did not know we were safe. You will never be forgotten. I will always remember you.

Susie Guevara
Dental Assistant

December 16, 2015

Officer Dean you never knew me but I think of you often and for some reason these last few days I've been thinking about you a lot. Maybe its because of the horrible way pasted from this life,or I'm having a vision of a earthquakes to come. Whatever the reason RIP And know you are not forgotten.

Bruce Watson
great full

November 6, 2015

You are remembered sir. Rest in peace.

Alexis Medina

April 20, 2015

Hello Wayne,
It's been a long time since the accident but you haven't been forgotten. I think of you often. I'm grateful for the good times and wild laughter you shared with us while we were growing up. You were the cool dad, and always will be. Thank you for your friendship, it was an honor knowing you. Say hi to James Dean and Elvis for me xoxoxoxo.

Carolyn Lowe Slaughter

July 3, 2014

I think of you every time I pass that way, remembering officers who put their lives on the line every morning of every day.

Sheila Mears
Member of the public

January 17, 2014

You are not forgotten.

Police Officer/Retired

January 17, 2014

We have not forgotten you sir.

Officer J.Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

April 23, 2013

San Fernando court, circa 1980's (?). Waiting for our cases in the tiny officers' room in back. Never could win a card game from this guy! Every time I pass s/b 14 at the 5 I see his memorial sign. LAPD: one of the finest agencies in California.

Tim Liddell
CA Hwy Patrol, retired

November 23, 2012

Officer Clarence Dean,
Thank you for being a police officer. I am sorry about your accident, that must have been scarry for you to fall all that way and I'm sure it hurt so bad, but I hope it went fast, and I know you were taken to heaven right away. I lived in Utah at the time in 1994, but I moved to the San Fernando Valley in 2006 and I heard about you. When I drove by that freeway to this day I still think about you and when when I see other police officers. My sister died in 2011 in Simi Valley, so maybe you know each other in heaven. I miss her. Im sure you miss living in CAlifornia, yet maybe you are doing some kind of police service in heaven some how. Thanks for this website and take care. God Bless. Sharon

Sharon Jacobs

November 20, 2012

In reference to John "JJ" Leonard's story...this story is still told today whenever Guy or somebody who knew Wayne is talking about him and the crazy things he used to do. Hearing the story always makes me smile, so sad I never had the honor of meeting him. What I can say is that I am pretty sure I'm married to a man that takes right after him.

Kimberly Dean

April 13, 2012

Worked Valley Traffic Div with Dean "Dizzy Dean", a Marine, and a great guy. Just before his 'accident' Dean was light duty in the office. A special order came out that stated all personel had to be in uniform. Dean replied that he had no citizen contact but supervision remained firm. Wayne complied and wore his uniform with one exception, he wore white tennis shoes, because of injuries he could not wear dress shoes. A supervisor noted this, and personally told Wayne 'he could not wear white shoes' in uniform. Dean complied, said okay. At lunch time, Dean went out, purchased a can of black spray paint and spray-painted his white tennis shoes black. When I retired 4 years ago, his 'black' tennis shoes were still hanging mounted on a plaque! God Bless you Wayne...Dean. I'm sure you're on duty guarding the streets in Heaven!

MotorOfficer/PoliceMAN John "JJ" Leonard

March 6, 2012

RIP to the father-in-law I never got the priviledge to meet. 18 years later and you are missed as much today as the day you left us! Guy tells stories of the silly things you used to do to your grand daughters who think of you as a hero!

Kimberly Dean

January 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 18th 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.

Your memory will always be honored and revered for time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

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

January 17, 2012

I was recently hired as a police explore for a department in OC, when I learned of your death. 18 years later you are still remembered and you will not be forgotten.

I was thinking about your passing just yesterday and not realizing, today was the anniversary of your passing. Thank your sir, for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace, my brother.

C. Gutierrez
Lakeway PD, TX.

January 17, 2012

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