Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Monday, August 6, 1984

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Reflections for Patrolman Lowell D. Howard

Lowell Howard is my grandad (dad’s dad) and even though I never got to meet him, he sounds like a great guy from all the stories i’ve heard.

Ms. Howard

August 7, 2022

Patrolman Lowell Howard and Neighbor. For the price of filling the plane with gas you took my husband and I flying for the day. We flew over a good portion of NM including Fort Sumner, along the Rio Grande, you buzzed my parents house in Pojoaque and even though I arrived at the Santa Fe airport as green as could be, I will never forget that day and your fun loving spirit. You were a kind man, a great Father to your two sons, a great Husband to your wife Patsy whom we worked with at Eberline and a great neighbor. My youngest son is also a Police Officer and I share this memory you shared with us never forgetting your dedication to the State of NM and love of flying. How lucky were we to have this memory and to have known you and your family. Thank you and RIP.

Darlene Valdez

April 18, 2022

I think often of you, your family and parents, since my dad told me of your accident. The time I spent working for you and running the Exxon in Fort Sumner left lasting, lifetime changes for me and I thank you. All my best to your family, rest in peace my friend!

Jeff Wylie ITCS (SW) USN Retired
Former employee / Friend

May 6, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your memory, service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

August 6, 2020


Hard to believe so many years have passed since your loss. Since we are both flight instructors I know you would appreciate the fact that I use your low altitude buzzing accident as an example of what happens when someone says, “Hey, watch this.” Wish you were here.

John Wood
Former president Eberline Instruments, Santa Fe

February 26, 2018

Patrolman Howard,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Patrolman on that plane with you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Mexico. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 6, 2017

I attended college with Lowell Howard. He died doing two of the things that he loved the most---being a law enforcement officer and flying. He was a great friend and I miss him.

Det (Retired) Joe Kingsley
Pocatello (ID) Police Department

September 26, 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 29th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first 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.

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

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

February 1, 2013

You and your family have not been forgotten! It was such a shock to all who knew you. Thank you for your service!

Tom and lee Olivas

November 24, 2012

You have not been forgotten

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

August 6, 2010

Lowell, I remember the fine flight instruction you gave during the time I lived in Santa Fe. Your wife was an excellent and dedicated employee at Eberline and I wondered how she and your children made out after your loss.

John Wood
Former president, Eberline Instruments

June 22, 2009

Lowell was a true friend through our college years and remained a true friend as went our separate ways to other jobs and other departments. He is continually missed.

Detective Joe Kingsley, Retired
Pocatello Idaho Police Department

December 26, 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

December 17, 2007

We love you Papa L.D. We never knew you but we know we will meet you in heaven. We think of you very often. Love always!!!

Kristi & Beau, Blake, and Jaci Howard
Daughter in law, and grandkids

October 27, 2007

I will never forget you letting me fly the stopwatch zones in Oro Grande. I miss you old friend. RIP

Sheriff Rob Coon

December 13, 2006

We did not know you sir, but have the highest regard for you , your family and your sacrifice.. Your sons have grown into the best of men and are wonderful husbands and fathers.. Your grand children are all beautiful and very smart and good children. They even resemble you. Thank you for your life and your final calling. May your memory be for a blessing. Darrell and Susan Radle. Lubbock , Texas

Darrell and Susan Radle
parents of his youngest son's wife

August 9, 2006

I miss the times we flew together. I will never forget you.

Michael Davies Retired
New Mexico State Police

August 22, 2005

Thank you Sir for your sacrifice. You are in our thoughts.

Detective T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Dept., Ca.

March 2, 2004

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