OSPO Mourns the Loss of Retired Deputy David Coutcher

Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell and Deputies are mourning the loss of retired Deputy David Coutcher.

Deputy Coutcher passed away October 31, 2021.

He began his career at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Corrections Division in 1988. He transferred to the Patrol Division in 1991, where he served until becoming a D.A.R.E. Officer in 1997.

David served as a D.A.R.E. Officer for the rest of his career until retiring in 2017. He received many letters of commendation for his efforts working with youth, both through the D.A.R.E Program and in his personal life.  No doubt, many of you reading this remember him as your D.A.R.E. Officer when you were in school. When he retired, he moved to Missouri.  There, he went to schools and children’s groups, reading stories and spending time with them.  During Christmas, he often dressed as Santa and read Christmas stories to the youngsters.

All of us remember David as a good man, all heart and genuinely cared about people, dedicated to helping educate our children.  He will be missed by his family and Deputies, as well as all those that knew him. Please keep his family and fellow Deputies in your prayers during this time.

Funeral services will be held November 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Christ Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Lebanon, Missouri.

The family plans to have a memorial service here in Monroe at a later date.