Richard H. LaHaye Jr.
Morrill - Chief Richard H. LaHaye Jr., cherished husband, father and grandfather, answered his final call on November 22, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was undergoing treatment for glioblastoma. He was first diagnosed with this devastating disease in May 2018, when he underwent emergency brain surgery. He was back at work in less than four weeks while traveling to Augusta for radiation each morning before he started his day in Searsport. In his words, he "never skipped a beat." He continued to fight the disease with everything he had by participating in a clinical trial and undergoing multiple surgeries, all while continuing to serve the citizens of Searsport that he cared so deeply about.
He was born on December 3, 1953, in Hanover, New Hampshire, the first of six children of Marilyn Carroll LaHaye and Richard LaHaye Sr. He grew up in mid-coast Maine, where he attended Medomak Valley High School and later the University of Maine at Machias. He began his career in law enforcement in 1976 as a Marine Patrol Officer with the Department of Marine Resources and was assigned to the Belfast/Searsport area. He married his devoted wife, Pam, in 1977 and together they raised their two children of whom they are so proud.
In 1988, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to the Rockland office. During this time, he also was an Adjunct Instructor in Marine Law Enforcement at Unity College, where he developed the curriculum for this new course. He also partnered with the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create the curriculum for and administer the first Combined Academy for officers from both agencies. Dick was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991 and assigned to the central office in Augusta where he was the liaison with other State and local law enforcement agencies and responsible for officer training.
He retired from the Marine Patrol in 1996 and started his own business. He coached varsity basketball and softball teams at Belfast Area High School and then moved on to Medomak Valley High School to coach girls' varsity basketball and boys' golf, in addition to working with students as the in-school suspension coordinator. This work led him back to law enforcement and he became the first School Resource Officer at that school, holding joint appointments with the Knox and Lincoln Counties Sheriff's Departments. He touched many students' lives and considered the work he did in the Medomak and Searsport schools as his most impactful.
On January 1, 2008, Dick began his tenure as Chief of Police for the Searsport Police Department. He devoted his days, nights, weekends and many holidays to the town and its citizens for nearly twelve years until he retired in July 2019. He proudly served as President of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association over the past year. He had deep respect for, and many good friends among, his brothers and sisters in law enforcement.
He will be deeply missed by his wife of 42 years, Pam, who was beside him all the way through his journey. His consistent golf slice to the left, trips to the races, tailgating and a shared love of Patriots' game day food will be missed by his son, Matt and his wife, Jenn; his daughter, Kate and son-in-law, Bobby Deetjen will miss his funny sayings, pizza nights, Rollie's trips and his never-ending support. Papa will be hugely missed by his three special grandchildren, whom he adored, Carmen LaHaye and Noah and Hannah Deetjen.
He was pre-deceased by his parents and his mother-in-law and is survived by siblings, Carroll, Wayne, Tracy, Diane and James, as well as a large extended family. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Walter Bunker, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kim and Mike Hodgkins and daughter, Molly.
While a patient at Waldo County Oncology, Dick became aware of the many challenges, such as the cost of travel and medicine, faced by other patients who were undergoing treatment. He was proud of efforts by his grandchildren to raise money to meet these needs for others and grateful for the caring support offered by the staff there. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) Oncology Fund that supports local patients with expenses related to cancer treatment, either online (penbaywaldofoundation.org) or by mail, to Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland. Maine.
A law enforcement service to commemorate Dick's life and legacy will be held at Searsport District High School, 24 Mortland Road, Searsport, on December 15, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.
Published on November 29, 2019

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Jill Sprague
Dec 07, 2019
I will miss Dick’s ever present smile. I ran into him at one of my grandson’s basketball games a few years back and it was so good to see him and chat for a moment or two. I have wonderful memories of our times together in happier years which I will think of often in the coming days. My heart goes out to you, Matt and Kate and their families. It is all so tough to go thru. Love, Jill
Peter and Lauren Klausmeyer
Dec 03, 2019
We wish we had had more time to get to know our neighbor and father of our dear friends. Mr. LaHaye had a kindness and warmth about him that was so welcoming and fun each time we would see him. His family had such obvious respect and admiration for him and their strength, support and bravery during his tough battle with cancer was amazing. We are so sorry for your loss Pam, Kate, Bobby, Noah, Hannah and family. Love, Pete and Lauren
Maine Families Andro & Oxford
Dec 02, 2019
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Betty Fraser
Dec 02, 2019
I first met Dick when we worked at MBNA. I was happy to see him hired as Searsport Police Chief. He was wonderful working with the students at our school.
JEFFREY R MABEE
Nov 30, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Dick was a genuinely kind, considerate and helpful man. He was helpful to me in my early days of fishing for scallops in Penobscot Bay. He recognized the danger we were being exposed to from an area fisherman who thought diving for scallops was wrong and would put his drag down nearby my diver while he was down working. Dick helped us to put an end to this danger and I have always appreciated him for that. I will miss his warm and sincere smile.
bryant & Pat White
Nov 30, 2019
We were not aware that dick was even sick. We are very sorry to hear the news of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Dick was a fantastic person and a great law enforcement officer. He will be missed by many. His dedication to family and law enforcement will always be remembered.
Betsy LaHaye
Nov 30, 2019
Condolences to all his family. Hold on to all your wonderful memories of Dickie and they will help get you through many sad times. Love to all of you.
Rene Davis
Nov 29, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Chief LaHaye’s passing. Several years ago he sat and talked with me at length after my fiancé was killed in an accident in Searsport. I will never forget the kindness and compassion he showed to me during that time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Liz Allen
Nov 29, 2019
I offer my heartfelt condolences on this profound loss. I was deeply honored to count Dick among my friends. I loved his warm smile and gentle demeanor. He was so kind to me and that kindness will never be forgotten. Rest easy, Chief. We have it from here.
Bill LaHaye
Nov 29, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dickie's family.. love bill and cindy LaHaye
Donna D Ward
Nov 29, 2019
My condolences to Pam and all of the family