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Clark County Deputy Dies in Line of Duty

Clark County Deputy Dies in Line of Duty

Clark County Deputy Sheriff Don. D. McCutcheon died in the
line of duty on Monday, February 8, 2010. He was 36 years old.

According to Clark County Sheriff Paul Gaudette, McCutcheon
was helping a jailer shovel snow outside the Sheriff’s Office on Monday evening.  When they finished, McCutcheon complained of
feeling warm and of nausea.  The jailer
on duty offered to check his blood pressure, but McCutcheon declined.  Shortly thereafter, McCutcheon decided to go
to the Clark County Ambulance office to be checked out, where he
collapsed.  Ambulance personnel
immediately began CPR, and transported him to Keokuk Area Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead.

Visitation for Deputy McCutcheon will be on Friday evening,
February 12, from 6-8 PM.  His funeral
service will be held Saturday morning, February 13, at 10AM.  Burial will be in the Ballard Cemetery.

Nixon orders flags to half-staff in Clark County to honor fallen law
enforcement officer

Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that
the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state
government buildings in Clark County be flown at half-staff on Saturday (Feb.
13) in honor of Deputy Sheriff Don D. McCutcheon, of the Clark County
Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Sheriff McCutcheon, age 36, died in the line of duty
on Feb. 8. A resident of Wyaconda, he had served as a deputy sheriff in Clark
County for just over one year and began his law enforcement career as a police
officer in Memphis, Mo., in Scotland County.

Under Gov. Nixon’s order, U.S. and Missouri flags at state
buildings in Clark County will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on
Saturday, the day the funeral services for Deputy Sheriff McCutcheon will take


Don D. McCutcheon, age 36, of Wyaconda, MO, died unexpectedly on Monday,
February 8, 2010, in the emergency room of Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, IA.

Don was born April 16, 1973, to Christina (Webster) and Donald McCutcheon in
Quincy, IL. When he was two years old he gained another father who raised him
as his own and was blessed with a very special uncle, Mike Webster, who was
always there to teach him a lot of good points. From the time he was a small
child, he was so smart and full of knowledge that his mother knew he would go

In 1995 he married Angela Morgan and they were blessed with three wonderful
children, Corey, Zach, and Emily.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Christina and Lloyd Brookhart
of Wyaconda, MO; his father, Charlie Adams of Gorin, MO; his beloved children,
Corey, Zach and Emily McCutcheon of Kahoka, MO; his grandparents, Charles and
Margaret Adams of Gorin, MO; three brothers: Shawn Webster and his wife, Jenny,
of Kahoka, MO, Scott Adams and special friend, Jean Saxton, of Wyaconda, MO,
and Chris Adams and his wife, Misty, of Wyaconda, MO; step-sisters: Melissa
Toops and her husband, Darol, of Florida and Victoria Casteel and her husband,
Jamie, of French Village, MO; special uncle, Mike Webster and his wife, Brenda,
of Canton, MO; aunts and uncles: Mike and Sharon Adams of Peculiar, MO, Alan
and Tammy Adams of Memphis, MO, Anna Keegan of St. Louis, MO, Cheryl Aldridge
and Linda Ferrell, both of Loveland, CO; as well as great aunts and uncles,
nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by grandparents including Garland Webster, Darlene
Glasgow and Beulah Edwards; an uncle, Eddie Aldridge; an aunt, Mary Adams; and
a nephew, Ayden Michael Adams.

Don grew up in Gorin and moved to Wyaconda in 1988. There he served on the
Board of Alderman and later as Mayor. He graduated from Wyaconda High School
and continued his education at Culver Stockton College before graduating from
Southeast Iowa Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He went to
work for Metzler in Keokuk, but his call led him back to Criminal Justice. He
graduated from the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Academy at Mexico, MO and on
June 12, 2008 joined the Memphis Police Department. He still wanted more
excitement, so after working for Clark Co. on a part-time basis while an
employee of Memphis, he joined the Clark County Sheriff’s Department as a full
time employee on February 1, 2009, where he was known as “Deputy Don”.
As an officer, Don was always upbeat with a smile on his face and if someone
was having a bad day, made it better. He had fun asking fellow employees
“who’s better looking, me or Shawn?” He was determined in his job and
stood firm on what he believed. He was concerned for others and would check on
them to make sure they were okay.

Don loved sports. He loved to play slow pitch and disc golf. He was a Nascar
Fan and dearly loved Dale, Jr. He was a huge fan of WWE Wrestling, the Laker’s,
St. Louis Cardinals, Missouri Tigers, and was obsessed with the Dallas Cowboys.
He had coached tee-ball, Zach in football, and Corey in baseball for many

First and foremost, he loved his family. He adored his beautiful princess,
Emily, and loved to watch her dance. He loved watching Zach’s football team
this fall and was able to attend all but one game due to being on a call. He
looked forward to the weekends when he had time with Corey as they patrolled
together as part of Corey’s Explorer training. He and his mother enjoyed their
time together as they “judged” American Idol. Family, friends,
service were all important to him and he served and loved with pride. For all
that, his mother wants him to know how extremely proud she was of him and what
he chose to do in life, and how she never told him enough. But it was there and
it showed in the way he responded to others and the way he lived his life.

Services will be Saturday, February 13, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral
Home in Kahoka with Rev. Jim Campbell and Rev. Dan Deatrick officiating. Burial
will follow in Ballard Cemetery.

Friends can call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Friday with family
receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to his children’s education fund. Make checks to
Memorial Fund for Don McCutcheon.