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Jan. 28, 1990—April 14, 2019

Deputy Sheriff Justin Richard DeRosier, 29, was killed in the line of duty on April 14, 2019.

Justin was born in Kailua, Hawaii January 28, 1990, to parents Neil and Kelly DeRosier.

Justin attended Kelso public schools and graduated from Kelso High School in 2008. In 2012, Justin graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

Justin’s law enforcement career spanned 8 years, beginning in 2011 first as a reserve deputy for the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, then as a police officer in Alaska for the Bristol Bay Borough Police. Justin became a full-time Deputy Sheriff for the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office in 2013, and was sworn in as Deputy Sheriff for the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

Justin had many hobbies and talents but particularly enjoyed outdoor activities, adventures, classic cars, music, and spending time with his family and friends.

Justin leaves behind the the two loves of his life, his beloved wife of two and a half years, Katherine Anne “Katie” (Smart), and their precious daughter Lillian Naomi, who is six months old. They were his pride and joy.

Justin is survived by his sister and best friend, Jenna DeRosier; parents, Neil and Kelly DeRosier of Kelso, WA; grandparents Richard and Darlene DeRosier of Kelso, WA, Sharon O’Connell of Castle Rock, WA; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends—all of whom Justin considered family.

Preceding Justin in death was his grandfather, Richard O’Connell.

Funeral arrangements are being coordinated by Dahl-McVicker’s Funeral Home and the Behind the Badge Foundation. Justin DeRosier’s Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the University of Portland, the Earle A. & Virginia H. Chile’s Center. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider a donation to the Behind the Badge Foundation in Justin’s memory. Contact information www.behindthebadgefoundation.org

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