Jon Steven Coutchie

Jon Steven Coutchie

Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Death 21 Sep 2013 (aged 41)
Laguna Beach, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 117479960 · View Source
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Jon Steven Coutchie was born on October 2, 1971 and passed away on September 21, 2013 at the age of 41.

Jon was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Orange County, CA where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Jon enlisted in the military and became an Army Ranger. He served his country from 2003-2007 and completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Jon applied for a part-time Jailer position at the Laguna Beach Police Department. He quickly showed great enthusiasm for his job and excelled with each assignment.

Seeing his great potential, the Police Department sponsored him through the Goldenwest Police Academy in 2008. Jon successfully completed this training in March of 2009 and was immediately sworn in as a Laguna Beach Police Officer.

Jon showed a passion for traffic issues and displayed an early expertise in accident investigation. Following this interest, Jon applied and was selected for one of the coveted Motor Officer positions in March of 2013.

On the evening of Jon's death, he was traveling northbound on Coast Highway in an attempt to locate a vehicle which had eluded another officer. While looking for the speeding vehicle, Jon was involved in a collision with a Chevrolet pickup truck in the intersection with Cleo Street about 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

As he approached Cleo Street, Coutchie hit the truck and flew off his bike. Three people in the truck were not injured. Neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the crash, the California Highway Patrol said. The officer did not have lights and sirens on, officials said.

After the arriving officers saw that Jon had succumbed to his injuries, one of them ran into a local Ralph's Market and grabbed an American Flag. Jon's body was draped in that American Flag as an honor to his sacrifice as an Army Ranger and Laguna Beach Police Officer.

We will forever miss and love Jon at the Police Department and will grieve along with his family and the citizens of this community.

Jon is survived by his mother, Luciana Coutchie; his father, Robert Coutchie; his brother, Rob Coutchie; his step-mother, Mikki Coutchie; his step-sister, Katrina Green; and his loving girlfriend, Tara Young.

Memorial services for Officer Jon S. Coutchie of the Laguna Beach Police Department are on Friday September 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Mariner's Church in Irvine located at 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA 92603.

His colleagues paid their respects to a "committed cop" and former Army Ranger.

"To tell you that our staff is devastated right now is not giving it justice," said Capt. Jason Kravetz, of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Added colleague Marlene Mackler: "He was just the nicest guy ... always had a smile on his face."

In honor of Officer Coutchie, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Interment with Full Military Honors
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
1415 S. 1st Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364

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  • Created by: Amy Caddell
  • Added: 22 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117479960
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