Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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

Jerry G. Caldwell #2270, retired Seattle Police Officer/Diver passed away on May 19, 2014 at the age of 81. He is the father of retired Seattle Police Officer Jeff Caldwell #4075.

Jerry was born and raised in Ballard. While attending Ballard High, he accompanied one of his friends home. There he met his classmate’s younger sister, Carol, whom he married several years later. After graduation in 1950, Jerry joined the US Navy, serving on four different ships off of the Korean Coast during the war. Two of the ships were destroyers, one was a frigate and one was an aircraft carrier. All were built for WWII. After discharge he became a Merchant Marine sailor, sailing throughout the Pacific for another year. This entire time he kept “visualizing Ballard”, so he returned and began courting Carol. They were married in 1955. His father-in-law got him a job on the family’s fishing boat going to Alaska. Jerry decided after six years of going to sea, enough was enough. Over the next six years he worked for Boeing for a very short time, then Seattle Transit. In 1962, he transferred to the Seattle Police Department during its  expansion in preparation for the Century 21 World’s Fair. He worked Patrol for nine years. In mid-1971, he was assigned to Harbor and became dive certified. He stayed in Harbor until Spring of 1980 when his deteriorating health forced his early retirement.
After retiring, Jerry became a large apartment complex manager in Marysville. Really, his wife Carol did all the managing. He did all the maintenance work. He could repair or rebuild anything. They did this for 10 years, then decided to really retire. In the 1990’s they became snow birds to Yuma, Arizona. Whether there or here - they were active members of the American Legion, VFW, Elks, Eagles and Masons. Carol and Jerry loved to dance at their functions. They even managed to squeeze in several cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexico and Alaska.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol; three sons, Jeff, Nick and Mitch; three daughters-in-law, Lori, Annette and Jill; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.