Retired Seattle Police Officers Association

Last Ring

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

Steve Martin #4629, retired Seattle police sergeant, passed away on February 19th at the age of 60.  Before being hired on the department in January 1982 Steve had a chance to play major league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.  But during tryouts he suffered a shoulder injury.  Steve and Joe Kessler were the only two student officers that worked every sector in the city during their OJT period.  Steve then worked West Patrol for three years during which time he participated in numerous buy/busts in the downtown open air drug markets.  This prepared him to be recruited into the department's first formal anti-crime team.  In December 1993 Steve was promoted to sergeant.  He served in Communications for three years.  After that he went to Juvenile, IIS, Pawnshop/Property Recovery and Crime Analysis.  Finally in 2008 Steve was able to return to the North Precinct until his retirement in June 2012.  No matter where he was assigned, Steve was highly regarded as a patrolman, student officer trainer, and a sergeant.  Unfortunately, the day before his 61st birthday while talking to a neighbor he collapsed and suddenly passed away.  Steve is survived by his wife Mahala, four children and several grandchildren.