Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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

Larry Chittenden #3082, retired Seattle Police Patrol Officer passed away on May 24, 2017 at the age of 76.

Larry was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas. He attended Grapevine High. Today, the City of Grapevine has been paved over as part of the Dallas Airport.

Right after high school, Larry joined the Army. He was posted to Korea his entire tour. He rose to the rank of staff sergeant, assigned to an artillery unit. He was discharged out of Fort Lewis in Tacoma, while assigned to an Intelligence unit. He used his savings and veteran benefits to attend Seattle University earning a bachelor degree.

In 1968, he applied to the Seattle Police Department. He was hired on March 25, 1969. During the Academy in the PSB, he had to take a swimming test at the YMCA. Larry flunked. He never learned to swim, even during a 30-day temporary assignment to Harbor. Maybe he was not allowed on a boat.

Larry worked his entire twelve years on the Department in Patrol, both at the Central Precinct, and Wallingford. While in the Army, his hearing was damaged, so on the job, when a firearm was discharged right by his ear, he permanently lost hearing in one ear and became impaired in the other. This forced him to retire early in 1982.

In retirement, he moved to Mission Viejo, California. There, he worked security for seven years with FedEx. In 1989, he married his wife, Mary. During their years together, they traveled throughout the country with their dog, George – a beagle.

Larry is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Mary; his son Jason #5797 who currently works 3rd Watch, North Precinct; his daughter, Vickie Lemke; and two granddaughters.

An interesting fact about Larry is that his grandfather was Hiram Chittenden, builder of the Ballard Locks. The Locks celebrated its 100th anniversary on July the 4th. Money has been allocated to upgrade it again, because this is the only waterway into Puget Sound from Lake Union and Lake Washington. This is the busiest transit waterway in the United States.