The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office remembers the following deputies who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty:
William (Bill) Alen Hawley
William Alen Hawley, Known as Bill, returned to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after a valiant battle with a sudden and unexpected illness, at the age of 56.
Bill is survived by his brother Jack Hawley of Chandler Oklahoma, Jack’s wife Quanah, their daughter Tiffany and son William Hawley and brother Dale Hawley of Aurora Colorado, Dale’s wife Kerry and their son Brian and daughter Ashlyn Hawley. He is preceded in death by his parents William (Bill Sr.) and Reola Hawley of Cortez Colorado.
Bill was born on April 23, 1963, in Cortez Colorado, and was the first of three boys where he embodied the role of big brother to Jack and Dale as they were growing up. He graduated high school in Cortez. Colorado and then moved to Chandler. Oklahoma where he married and worked various jobs. He relocated to Red River, New Mexico to manage a motel and this is where he embarked on his law enforcement career as a Deputy Marshall for several years.
He took a break from law enforcement and returned to Oklahoma where he managed hotels in Chandler and then in Tulsa, Oklahoma then, newly divorced, he moved to Mesa Arizona where cared for his ailing mother and worked in the technology manufacturing industry. After his mothers passing, Bill returned to Chandler where he resumed his law enforcement career by becoming a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff and was known as a fierce defender and peacemaker, he cherished his family and was loved and respected by most of those he met along the way.
He recently met his long term goal of purchasing his own home in Stroud
Oklahoma where he resided with his faithful and loyal dogs Rusty and Summit until his hospitalization and untimely passing and will be forever missed by his family, friends, and law enforcement family.
Patrick Taylor of Chandler, Oklahoma, passed away on November 15, 2019, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 46 years.
Patrick Taylor was born on September 14, 1973, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was the son of Jerry and Linda Taylor. Patrick had one brother, Dempsey Taylor and two sisters Julie Taylor and Kris Thomason. He went to grade school in several different towns but would graduate from Chandler High School. Patrick was married to Danielle (Harvey) Taylor for twenty-three years and had three sons, Lane Harvey, Joshua Taylor and Jeremiah Taylor. Patrick has one grandson, Kenneth Simon. Patrick worked as a dispatcher for many years before serving 3 ½ years in the Army National Guard. He would go on to work as a police officer for Davenport, Oklahoma, where he became the assistant Police Chief and City Council member. Patrick also worked as a police officer for Stroud Police Department and Sac and Fox Tribal Police department, finally becoming a Deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. At the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrick worked as a Deputy and then as an investigator before being promoted to Captain and Jail Administrator. He worked tirelessly, through extreme illness even, making sure that he gave his very best to the county. He was passionate about his work and the people he encountered along the way. In addition to his love for Law Enforcement, he was highly skilled with computers and technology in general.
Patrick had few hobbies that weren’t related to Law Enforcement or computers and spare time was few and far between. Even from his sickbed or the hospital, Patrick worked remotely on day to day matters for the jail. It was his job but it was also his hobby and it made him happy. He wasn’t satisfied to leave it be while he was ill. He wasn’t content unless he was giving absolutely everything he had. He was driven in this way but he also loved the people involved in his Law Enforcement life style and he left an impression on everyone he came in contact with. Patrick was kind, compassionate and reliable, making him a wonderful friend and husband.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Danielle Taylor of Chandler; two sons, Lane Harvey and Joshua Taylor both of Chandler; one grandson Kenneth Simon of Chandler; his father, Jerry Taylor of Chandler; one brother Dempsey Taylor and his wife Crystal Taylor of Shawnee; two sisters Kris Thomason of Powder, Texas, and Julie Taylor of Chandler.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Hope Taylor; and one son Jeremiah Scott Taylor.
David Wayne 'Dave' Sokolowski
David Wayne 'Dave' Sokolowski, Chandler, Oklahoma, resident was born June 4, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois, and departed this life on August 19, 2017, in Chandler, at the age of 57 years.
David was the son of Richard and Theresa (Shepski) Sokolowski.
At the time of his passing, he was working as a Deputy for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and was the co-owner of Energy Security Services.
Sheriff Lewis Palmer "Lew" Wallace
Sheriff Lew Wallace was shot and killed by a posseman after being mistaken for an armed subject.
A posse had been formed to search for a man who had stolen a car in Meeker. The posse had pursued the suspect into some heavy underbrush. As members of the posse followed the subject into the underbrush Sheriff Wallace attempted to flank him by going around the area.
As the posse came through the underbrush one of the men saw Sheriff Wallace and, believing he was the subject reaching for a gun, shot him in the chest with a shotgun.
Sheriff Wallace was transported to a hospital where he remained for three days until succumbing to the wound. Before passing away the sheriff pleaded that the posseman not be charged in connection with his death.
Sheriff Wallace had previously served in World War I with the United States Army and is buried in New Hope Cemetery in Meeker, Oklahoma.
Sheriff George Edward Arnold
Sheriff Arnold was shot and killed while investigating two suspicious men near a city park at 0830 hours. When Sheriff Arnold grabbed hold of one of the men the man produced a .22 caliber handgun and shot the sheriff in the head.
The two men were convicted of Sheriff Arnold's murder.