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Former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion passes away

Published on Thu, Dec 12, 2013
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 The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday reported the death of former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion.


After a career as an NFL center, John and his family settled in Pacific County where John served as Sheriff from 1998-2010. John was a key supporter of the Naselle Youth Camp for at-risk youth over the years. 


“He worked to keep that facility open when they faced state budget challenges” current Sheriff Scott Johnson said. 


According to Sheriff Johnson, former Sheriff Didion began his career with Pacific County as a road deputy and was later assigned as the D.A.R.E. officer.  Didion also served as the Washington State D.A.R.E. coordinator.  He worked to modernize the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office during his years of service.  In 2009-2010 Didion served as the President of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. 


“John did a lot for our community and for the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office where he served as sheriff for 12 years.  He will be missed by many,” Johnson said.