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1/11/2013 10:06:00 PM
YCSO lieutenant, son die in single-vehicle collision on Hwy 69
Lt. Wayne Loughrige
Lt. Wayne Loughrige
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Lt. Wayne Loughrige, 51, and his son Joseph Arter, 17, were killed late Friday afternoon in a single-vehicle collision on southbound State Highway 69 at milepost 277 between Humboldt and Poland Junction roads in the Dewey- Humboldt area.

Department of Public Safety officials said a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by Wayne, who was off-duty, drifted into the center median, overcorrected, and lost control before colliding with an embankment along the right side of the roadway.

Both Loughrige and Arter, who was a passenger in the car, suffered severe trauma from the collision and were pronounced dead at the scene, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

Loughrige and Arter had been wearing their seatbelts and there is no indication that vehicle speed or driver impairment were factors in the accident, D'Evelyn added.

"YCSO personnel are devastated by this tragic death involving Wayne and his son," D'Evelyn said. "Sheriff Scott Mascher has been meeting with YCSO employees throughout the afternoon and evening to brief them on the tragedy."

Two CYFD engines, two Mayer Fire engines, two Life Line Ambulances, and Arizona Department of Public Safety officers responded to the scene, Central Yavapai Fire District Battalion Chief Jeff Polacek said.

DPS will be handling the accident investigation.

"DPS understands the sensitivity of these types of cases," said DPS Officer Carrick R. Cook, public information officer. "We're very diligent and deliberate in our investigation so the family can have all the details that led up to the deaths of their loved ones."

Mascher expressed his appreciation for the concern and care of DPS officers who handled the accident scene and reporting, D'Evelyn said.

Wayne began his career with YCSO as a detention officer in 1991, was promoted to certified deputy, and became patrol sergeant in 1998.

Loughrige is a 21-year law enforcement veteran. He married his wife Kristine in October 2012.

Loughrige's current assignment as Northern Area Command Patrol Commander was the result of a 2007 promotion. His office was located at the Williamson Valley sub-station.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Kenny Thatcher

Horrible loss of a great man. I went through the police academy with Wayne, worked with his Dad at US Customs and have extreme respect for how they conducted themselves in their jobs. Wayne was such a teddy bear guy, big, but bigger hearted. My prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.

Rest in Peace my brother

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: David D.

From reading all of these comments we have lost two people that touched a lot of lives.

My prayers go out to the family.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Kenny Thatcher

I too met Wayne 33 years ago as we started in the MCC Reserve Academy. I worked with his Father Bill at US Customs for a while and my heart aches for the family. Wayne was such a sweet teddy bear of a man, firm but fair in his treatment of others. A couple months ago the Property Custodian contacted me about policy, and told me that Wayne was her supervisor, she related that everyone loved him, that he was the best boss to work for and I knew exactly why, because he loved people and loved his job.

Rest in peace my friend, you have left your mark on many hearts.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: james lee

Wayne Loughrige
Kristine, Bill and Millie, our hearts and prayers go out to you at this sad time. Wayne was a great man and Ellen and I were blessed to have known him. This man touched many lives over his years of service to many communities. I pray that our Lord comforts you in your grief. God bless you. James
You know, I always knew that whenever that big teddy bear entered the room I was going to be entertained or educated. Time spent with him was always memorable—so much knowledge and oh the stories told with so much heart and humor. I will surely miss him—unreplaceable. He is truly the best of the best.
And Joey—learned a lot of his father’s charisma – always took a few minutes to answer a question or two about how school or his sports was coming along to some lady at the table that his dad knew. He was never typical –always a cut above the other kids of his age. He is a credit to the family and to what is possible for a young man to be. Our prayers also go out to Danielle. Ellen

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ben and Callie Taylor

It is impossible to comprehend such a loss. I met Joe a couple of times through his sweet girlfriend, Danielle. I know that words cannot make it better and nothing but time will ease the pain. Please know that I am fervently praying for the families of Wayne and Joe. I am also lifting up in prayer Danielle and her parents as I know they loved and cherished Joe dearly. During this difficult time, I pray that God give you the strength to take it a day, an hour, a minute, a second at a time. God's peace and comfort be with you.

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: John M. Candelaria

I met Wayne as a young man at McClintock High School. He was my best friend. We took a road trip together when I was 15. We grew up together. I retired from the Army, he still worked for the Sheriiff's Office. We were both so full of life then. I mourn your loss dear friend. I haven't talked to you in a while. Sometimes it was years in between conversations, but when I heard your voice I knew it represented home. Now, you are home. I know that the Lord and all his host will recieve you. Your family will miss you. Your friends will miss you. I will miss you. You were my friend ... and always will be ...

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: mike biggs

bill, sorry for your loss. jo and i will keep you all in our prayers.

Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013
Article comment by: Zesati Family

Our daughter Maddi is also one of the freshman girls that shared an art table in Advanced Art with Joe. She has spoken of "Joe in Art" before and described him like a "big brother" and how he was so polite.

We are lifting this family and their friends up in prayer - cannot imagine what his mother and family are enduring right now. God Bless!

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Lorelei DeLaCruz

I was so sorry to hear of this tragedy from Millie, who I had the pleasure of meeting recently at Mayo. I met Wayne a few times and his sense of humor and smile were such a joy. Bill and Millie are amazing and kind people. My heart goes out to you both in your time of grief. Take solace knowing they are in the arms of angels.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Rick and Cindy Ashby

Having known Wayne since 1974 I have always admired him and his commitment to serve others selflessly.
Bill and Millie, our hearts go out to you at this sad time. We will keep you and Wayne's wife and children lifted up before our Lord.
You raised a man that any parent would be proud to call son we know that our heavenly Father has received him and Joey with open arms.

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013
Article comment by: Clarke Richards

Bill and Millie...I am so sorry to hear about your son. I recently lost my oldest son, Jeff. I can only be comforted in the fact that I loved and enjoyed him for 48 years. I pray that our Lord comforts you in your grief. God bless you...Clarke Richards.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Valerie Myers-Auberry

I am so sorry to hear and read about this loss to your community and the Sheriff's Office. I am sure this man touched many lives over his years of service to the communities in which he lived and worked in. May the family and the Department find comfort from those who knew and loved them in the day to follow.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: D. Smith

Wayne was one of the best friends anyone could have. It didn't matter how much time would pass between phone calls or seeing each other, if I needed anything at all, he was there as fast as possible. Wayne was the person that introduced me to my career with law enforcement and was a shining example of how to conduct oneself. Wayne was the biggest teddy bear of a man, sweet, loving and a man of integrity. I will miss him and Joey "tractor sexy" very much. My prayers to the family, it is a tragic loss. Love you Wayne and Joey, rest in peace.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: mr tony

take one moment to remember wayne and joey
they have been around scince i was a kid
his dogs were the favorite part about going to his house that is how i remember him

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tammie Gilchrist

to wayne and joeys family...we are sad to hear about officer wayne and his son joey fieace james haley new wayne throw PACO here in paulden.....wayne always had a smile on his face when he walked into the me he looked like a big teddy bear lol thats how sweet and kind he was..we could talk to him about any thing....i know my fieace lost his best friend..wayne and james were like glue lol they would talk to each other like they knew each other all there lives...R.I.P wayne and joey.....ur friends tammie gilchrist and james haley..from paulden

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Burnett Lt. (ret.)

God speed and bless, my fellow Centurion!

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: gary hagness

For about a week every year I got to spend time with Wayne and his family. I liked him from the get go. He was easy to talk to and get to know. What a sad day. Words just dont do him or Joey justice. My thoughts will be with all those who morn their passing.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Vervoorn Family

Our daughter Sonya also sat with Joe during Art class. She always spoke of her new big brother and how nice he is and how he was going to go to college. Our family sends out our prayers to Loughride family.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Wayne was a great guy and one of the nicest I ever met his caring attitude about
the community will likely never be matched...RIP

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Jessica Cope

Although I never met Joe, my daughter Rachael also sat at his table in art (he was the only boy at the table with 7 freshman girls!) and I got to heard many stories about how he was like a big brother and how he spoke of graduation and what a great girlfriend he had. I know he will be missed and we will be praying for the families through this time.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Joanna Foss

We are so deeply saddened by this...Life is so unpredictable and short sometimes...I'm sure Wayne and Joseph were deeply loved and that is all that we can give one another on a moment by moment basis..."Our Love".
Your family is in our heartfelt prayers....

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Kasey Shaver

My daughter Rebecca sat next to Joe in Art class at PHS. She spoke so highly of him. He was polite, respectful, and always made her laugh. She said, "he was so adventurous, loved sky diving, dirt bikes, and living life to the fullest. I'm going to miss him, art class will never be the same". Our prayers go to his family and also his girlfriend, whom he talked about often. This is a very sad day to have lost two wonderful and respected people.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Shuss

My prayers go out to the family, all the law enforcement family and friends. Wayne was a great man and I am blessed to have met him.

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: Pamela Shepherd

I am so very sorry for the loss of your family. Lt. Wayne was a reserved law officer that the town of PAULDEN will miss forever. I pray for Gods Mercy and Grace to be upon you now.
The Shepherd Family

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