Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

Take a moment to remember our friends and associates who have passed.

Chuck Lenfesty #R076, Seattle Police Reserve Officer passed away on November 9, 2014 after a sixteen year battle with cancer. He was 68 years of age.

Chuck was born and raised in the Madison Park area of Seattle until he was thirteen. Then his family sent him to Saint Michael’s University School in Victoria BC – a military prep school. There he participated in rugby for the next six years. The team was good enough to tour England, playing other high school age students.

After graduating from St. Michael’s in 1965, Chuck returned to Seattle and enrolled in UPS. He started the UPS rugby teams that still exist today. While in college, he joined the National Guard as an infantryman. He graduated from UPS and was discharged from the Guard in 1970. His parents wanted him to work in the family business – Seattle Hardware. But Chuck joined the Tacoma Police Department as a regular in 1971. He worked Patrol his entire time there. One night his squad had to arrest several suspects in a biker bar. A brawl broke out, the cops versus everyone else. The fight ended when the backup Traffic officers arrived. They drove their bikes right into the bar. Evidently, even the outlaw bikers appreciated this tactic.

In 1975 his mother prevailed, Chuck resigned from the Tacoma PD to work at the family business due to his father’s illness. However, Chuck immediately joined the Seattle Police Reserves. He just could not get police work out of his blood. He was a reserve officer from 1975 to 2010. During these years he worked at the Seattle Center, in Patrol, volunteering in Vice and his final assignment was Harbor. His battle with cancer forced him to separate from the Reserves at the end of 2010.

Chuck is survived by Barbara, his 99 year old mother; and his two adult sons, Robert and Chris