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TREXPO Advisor and California DOJ Agent Gene Frice Dies

August 12, 2014  | 

VIDEO: TREXPO Advisor and California DOJ Agent Gene Frice Dies

Retired California Department of Justice agent and TREXPO advisor Gene Frice died Saturday in Bend, Ore. He was 88.

Frice served 36 years of active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army. During World War II, he was a member of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat and saw combat in Italy and in Belgium at the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Frice served as commanding officer of a reserve Special Forces unit and retired at the rank of Colonel.

In civilian life Frice was an investigator and agent for the California Department of Justice and later the County of Los Angeles. He also served as chief of California's Office of Emergency Services (California Specialized Training Institute), supervising the law enforcement programs, including terrorism, officer survival, and other law enforcement programs. Later he worked as a consultant, instructor, and visiting staff member for numerous state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies. 

Frice is survived by daughters Laurie Gibson, Karen Wallace, and Robin Homedew; sons Gene Frice Jr. and Mark Frice; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Saturday Aug. 16 at 5:30pm at 66295 Highway 20 in Bend, Ore. If attending, contact Natalie Frice at (805) 471-6066 for directions and reservations. 

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Band of Brothers or the VFW Bend, Ore.

Col. Frice is scheduled to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.


Comments (5)

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Jim Harris @ 8/13/2014 10:17 AM

It was a HONOR to know and be associated with Col. Frice. A true hero and a loss to us all..

Jim Stalnaker @ 8/13/2014 10:12 PM

Col. Frice was one of a kind. A soldier's soldier, a true professional who gave all he had for his country and continued to give in his civilian life. It has been an honor and privilege to call him 'friend.' We will all miss him, may God bless and keep him.

Chet Jones @ 8/16/2014 2:49 PM

Worked with Gene Frice agent California Department of Justice on a year long very complicated case about 30 years ago. He was good, hard working and a friend. Lost touch thought about him for last few days, looked him up on the web today to find he had passed. One of the good guys is gone. Go with God Gene.

Karen Frice Wallace @ 1/20/2015 5:02 PM

Colonel Gene Frice will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on March 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM. He will receive full honors. The family would love for any friends to attend. Please contact daughter
Karen Wallace
541 948 2486

Steve Dryden @ 3/16/2015 4:37 PM

Hello, Gene dated my mom (Bonnie Lee Watson Dryden) in high school. My mother said Gene was a rare gem, a true gentleman with much class.

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