Pacific County saddened by the death of former sheriff

<p>Former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion</p>

SOUTH BEND — Late Tuesday afternoon the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office learned of the death of former Pacific County Sheriff John Didion.

The sheriff's office "wishes to extend heartfelt condolences to John’s wife, children, and grandchildren at this sad time," according to a statement released Wednesday.

Didion was life-flighted to a Portland hospital late last Friday after suffering a sudden-onset health emergency at his home in Naselle. He was in intensive-care before his death.

After a successful professional football career in the NFL, Didion and his family settled in Pacific County where Didion served as sheriff from 1998-2010. Didion 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” Sheriff Scott Johnson noted.

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 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.

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