Utah police pioneer Charles Illsley dies, but his stories and contributions live on

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  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    I worked with Charles at South Salt Lake and then on several of his multi-jurisdictional task forces. He is an amazing individual and was a law enforcement genius. My condolences to his family. His contributions made law enforcement better and created a foundation for many of the forensic advancements we enjoy today. And the stories of Charles are things of legend. He will be missed but I will continue to tell my stories of Charles around campfires with the boys. He will live on....

    Jan. 10, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Fascinating man who lived a fascinating life of dedicated service. It could be easy to imagine a book or a movie created, based on his life.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 10, 2014 8:15 a.m.

    It sounds as if he is someone more officers and investigators needs to see as a example. This is a fascinating story.

  • Cinci Man FT MITCHELL, KY
    Jan. 10, 2014 5:33 a.m.

    I first met Charles many years ago in our teens and he was truly a unique character his whole life. We are the same age. He was fun and extremely talented and devoted to the things he did. I enjoyed seeing his hoop dancing on several occasions. He was generous with his time if it involved service to others or teaching of his talents. Chuck will be greatly missed by all who knew him and the police department lost a great servant when he retired. RIP my good friend.