Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

State Park Ranger II George Kowatch, III

California Department of Parks and Recreation, California

End of Watch Monday, November 2, 1987

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Reflections for State Park Ranger II George Kowatch, III

You were a ranger who actually ranged, George. I am honored that you would have me photography your infant daughter's baptism at Santa Isabel and for the family fun we'd have at your Palomar residence. Thanks also for supporting my "Wilderness Survival for Kids (and Grown-Ups Too!)" program in Oceanside. I'm better off for having known you and your family, as I said at Doane Pond during your memorial service. I've had my church's Boy Scouts, and my son, tend to your grave marker at Riverside Ntl Cemetery on Veteran's Day and at Christmas.

Captain Steve Scarano, OPD/Retired

October 31, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

November 2, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”


Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 18, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


November 6, 2009

Rest in Peace, Ranger Kowatch. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

June 8, 2009

"Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."

Your memory will forever be carried within the hearts of every individual who had the pleasure of knowing you. You are deeply and sincerely missed; and will be for years to come.

Theresa A. Muzila (Kowatch)
Loving Daughter

May 21, 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

November 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 30, 2007



September 27, 2007

George was a hard charger who took on every challenge with great personal commitment. He loved his family and his work as a ranger. Heaven's trails are in good hands.

Steve Treanor So Cal Division Chief Ret
Calif Dept of Parks and Recreation

February 7, 2007

Sir, your death was a terrible tragedy. You will not be forgotten. I hope you are hiking in the most heavenly park imaginable.

California State Parks

May 12, 2006

Rest in peace. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

St. Louis City Police

December 23, 2004

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

November 2, 2004

Rest in peace sir.

private citizen

January 26, 2004

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