Elton George #1848, retired Seattle Police Captain, passed away on February 2, 2016. He was 86 years of age upon passing.
Elton was born and raised on the family farm in Snohomish. He attended Monroe High School and like most farm boys, he had early morning and afternoon farm chores that had to be done before and after school. This left little time for anything else. He was sick of farming so upon graduation he got a job in the Great Northern Railroad Round House as a mechanic. He was exempt from military service during WWII due to his important war effort job on the railroad. He stayed with Great Northern for almost fourteen years working his way on to the train crews as a brakeman, then later as a fireman. By 1953 he was tired of the irregular life as an over the road crewman. He applied to the Seattle Fire Department and was accepted in June of 1953. Elton always said he did not know which organization had more rules to memorize, the railroad or the fire department.
In June of 1958 he said it was time for another change and transferred to the Seattle Police Department. The Department was more to his liking because it was not rule bound. It trusted him to go on the street after two days of indoctrination. Six months later he attended Academy Class #39. After four years in Patrol he was assigned to the Special Patrol Squad (today it’s called SWAT.) His sergeant was John Leitch #1243. The Squad’s assignment was to help clean up the city before the World’s Fair in 1962. One night Elton and Riley Brice #1826 were working upper Pike when they saw two whore-less pimps about to rip off two young guys. When the pimps saw the squad officers pull over, they left. The two marks rushed over to the plain car, upset that their romantic dates had been squashed. Riley quickly got out of the passenger door to confront the two guys. Elton got out of the driver’s side, didn’t bother to walk around, instead leaped on the car’s hood in his cowboy boots and then jumped onto the suspects approaching Riley. Riley thought Elton got this technique from watching wrestling on TV. Both suspects were booked 16046 Section One. The pimps were terrified of Elton and his partner. The days they worked, the pimps moved to East Central or Georgetown. Another night, Elton was so tired from working on his new farm that he fell asleep behind the wheel at 4th and Pike. His partner woke him after five cycles of the light. Years later when Elton was the Captain of Records, Dave Grayson #1814 went on vacation and made Elton Acting Bureau Chief. Elton got to drive Grayson’s brand new chief’s car with only 30 miles on it. Elton totaled it and was never made the acting again.
Elton loved to build and fly airplanes. He rebuilt a Clip Winged Champ and he built a bi-wing kit plane. He would fly out of his pasture. One of his neighbors was a Boeing family heiress. She would constantly call Elton, claiming his fly-overs were upsetting her thoroughbred Arabian horses. He would just hang up on her and continue to do it. One time he landed a little too steep so the rear wheel caught on his fence and he buried the nose in the dirt. No problem – he cut the fence, got his neighbor to help pull the nose up, then he towed the plane to the barn, put on a new propeller and away he flew the next day.
On November 14, 1992, Elton retired out of Vice after 34 years and five months of service. He continued to work on his farm, remodeling his house first, then totally rebuilding his barn into living quarters and an aero dome to build and repair his planes. He also went to dog shows both locally and in Canada, helping his wife Jenny with her Toy Poodle breeding business.
Elton is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Jenny; four sons, Tom, Mike, Scott and David; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and his sister Katherine Howe.