Sheriff Seth F. Wright

Sheriff Seth F. Wright

End of Watch: 

October 14, 1960

Age: 53
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
Accidental: Aircraft

Sheriff Seth F. Wright became the first Utah police officer to die in an aircraft crash. 

Sheriff Wright was returning a prisoner to Utah from Texas by private aircraft. Near Montrose, Colorado, over Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, the aircraft developed mechanical problems and crashed. Sheriff Wright, the pilot, and the prisoner were killed. Sheriff Wright was married and the father of four children. He is buried in Monticello City Cemetery.

The bronze memorial name plaque of Sheriff Seth F. Wright is sponsored by the Seth F. Wright Family.

Fallen Officers