Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Former Lincoln County sheriff laid to rest

Area police officers pay tribute to one of their own

Express Staff Writer

Stephen Southwick

Police officers from throughout southern Idaho converged on Dietrich Monday to pay their last respects to Stephen Southwick, a former Lincoln County sheriff who died April 30 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident almost four weeks earlier.

Up to 60 uniformed officers, some from the Wood River Valley, attended funeral services at Dietrich High School. Southwick was later transported to Liberty, Utah, for burial near his parents and other family members.

A police honor guard, complete with bagpipes, accompanied Southwick to Liberty for a final tribute to the longtime Lincoln County lawman.

"It was a very good turnout, a very good service, a good departure for him," said Pam Ward a longtime civil deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Southwick, 62, served as sheriff in Lincoln County from 1991 until 2005. Before that he was a deputy with the sheriff's office. He leaves behind a large family, many of whom reside in Dietrich, where Southwick lived.

Southwick died at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise from injuries received on April 4 in a motorcycle accident on state Highway 24 near Dietrich.

The Southwick family has established a blog site a

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