Jeremiah Lawrence Mulcahy

Former sheriff, 98Jeremiah "Jerry" Lawrence Mulcahy, 98, of Seaside, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, at his home.

Mr. Mulcahy was born July 12, 1906 to James William and Ola Aldine Mulcahy in Britton, Texas. He was raised in Edmonton, Alberta. He completed school early and went to work in railroad construction and later became a city policeman in Edmonton.

In 1936, Mr. Mulcahy moved to the United States and served with the Washington State Patrol. He was elected sheriff of Whitman County, Wash., in 1949 and served eight years in Colfax, Wash. He was appointed the brand inspection officer of the Department of Agriculture in Olympia, Wash. In 1964, he transferred to Spokane, Wash., and became supervisor for the Stockland area.

He married Kit Strong Dec. 8, 1970. She survives.

After retirement, Mr. Mulcahy moved to the Oregon Coast, but continued working as a security guard and consultant for the Washington State Horse Racing Commission. He worked continuously until 2002, when he chose to retire at the age of 96.

Mr. Mulcahy enjoyed cruise ship journeys and driving through the Western United States and Canada. Family members said he was an avid outdoorsman who loved his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, music and boating. He was a lifetime member of the Elks club and member of numerous organizations in Spokane and Olympia tied to his work in law enforcement and horse racing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Marilyn Larson of Edina, Minn.; two sons, Richard Mulcahy of Nehalem and Mike Mulcahy of Manning, Alberta; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A service was held earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

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