Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Huston

Idaho County Sheriff's Department, Idaho

End of Watch Friday, September 22, 1989

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Huston

Rest in peace and always know that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 22, 2020

Thank you for your service.

frank mello

July 17, 2016

Thank you for serving in our military and police force. RIP and my prayers be with your family.

John Haseltine - Civilian

May 16, 2016

I love you and miss you every day dad.

Robert Huston

January 30, 2016

John's contributions to this rural Idaho community continued through today when $2580 was given to local EMT organizations in John Huston's name. Thanks to John and his friends who funded the memorial in his name.

Clarence Chapman, Executive Director
Syringa Hospital Foundation

July 14, 2015

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Those that love you dearly will always keep your memory alive as you are a hero and true heroes never die. You have not been forgotten.

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

September 22, 2013

It's been a long 24years since you left us - a lot has happened, your kids are all grown and you have 10 grandchildren and a great g'daughter. G'pa joined you last year and I'm sure the two of you are catching up. Been trying to get thru to you to reach down and pull those lottery #'s for me, but guess the two of you are too busy

Shirley Evans

September 20, 2013

Hi, Little Brother,
It's your Big Sister. Love you so much and miss you a lot.

Jackie McKinley

September 19, 2013

John was many things to many people but he is my younger brother. I am so grateful our last time together was one of the best we ever had. It was floating on tubes down the Bitterroot River in Montana. Well, my tube sprung a leak and we both had to share his tube for the last couple of miles. If you've ever seen two grown men, trying not to tip over while sharing a float tube, you'll understand why we never laughed so hard in our lives.

Jim Huston

September 24, 2012

Looking back at this after four years since my last post. I know that my father had a huge impact on not only family but local law enforcement communities. Dad you have followed me from country to country protecting and watching over me you are truly missed by all. I hope that all of us kids have made you so proud. As I strive to be like you every day the sounds of your voice and smell of cologne is still ringing through my life. I now have three wonderful children that you will not meet until the day we rest. This is what was taken from my life.

TSgt Robert John Huston
Son United States Airforce

April 13, 2012

My brother was taken from me too soon. I was very proud of him for who he became and what he did for the state of Idaho. He's my little brother and I still miss him. I appreciate all the compliments and respect from the fellow officers who knew him and have written about him. Thank you.

Jackie McKinley
Big Sister

April 12, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Huston. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 7, 2012

This is my father and the most amazing
Man I have ever known!!! He gave the ultimate sacrifice anyone could ever give!!! He is a true hero and his bravery will never be forgotten !! I was 13 when he was taken from my life so suddenly!! Not a day goes by that I don't miss him!!! He was a wonderful father and I only wish that he could see his beautiful grandchildren and now his great grandchild that is on the way!!! He has been truly missed in my life and the lives of all his children and all the people who's lives he touched!!! I find comfort in knowing that he is up in heaven watching over all of us just as he did when he was alive!!! I LOVE YOU DADDY YOU ARE MY HERO!!!

Mandy Huston

September 28, 2011

Thank you for your dedication to others and to law enforcement. You are a true hero and your memory will never die. Continue to watch over your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

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

September 22, 2011

I never knew John. However every time I walk down the hallway at the Sheriff's office, I see John's picture up on the wall. I wonder how many people walk by it every day and not think about his service to them, about his family he left behind? Thank you so much, John, for serving the people of Idaho County, and the ultimate sacrifice you made for all of us. It makes me proud, not only working in the law enforcement field, but for the Idaho County Sheriff's Department. Rest in peace Deputy Huston.

Deputy Paul Boehmke
Idaho County Sheriff's Department

July 4, 2011

Thank you for your service Brother Huston. Rest easy Deputy...


September 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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.

I am sure that you are proud that your son is contining your legacy of serving and protecting through his military service.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


September 22, 2009

This is my father I was 8 when he passed that was almost 20 years ago he is truely missed. He was a great american hero. any reflections please also forward to me if you knew my father. thank you all for your comments.

SSgt Robert John Huston
United States Air Force

June 11, 2008

"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 29, 2007

I knew his son when I was in School. I know that he missed his dad all the time, and wished he could have been there. It was a shame what happened to him. I know his family misses him. May he always be remembered in all of our hearts.

FSO Mallory Larson

April 11, 2007


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Deputy Huston.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 22, 2004

Remembering you on the anniversary of your death. May God comfort
all those who are still grieving your passing. Life is difficult at times
and the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our burdens. He gives us many
beautiful promises in His Word to help us through our valleys. I pray you
will feel His presence and know His peace. God bless!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 22, 2003

John Huston was a true professional Sheriff's Deputy. I knew John all four years he worked at Idaho county. He took his job very seriously and excelled at serving the people of Idaho County. John will always be missed and never forgotten.

Chief Deputy John J. Nida
Idaho County Sheriff's Office

September 18, 2003

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