Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin

Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin died on August 15, 1974, at the age of 60.  He was killed when he was struck by a logging truck at the Home Valley weigh station.  At the time of his death, Officer Modlin had served six years with the Washington State Patrol.

Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin's wife, Elaine, passed away earlier this year, in July.  They have three daughters, Bobbe Anderson (The Dalles, OR), Luanne Mason (Naches, WA), and Karen Louiselle (Mt. Hood, OR).

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau recognizes and acknowledges the sacrifices of the brave men and women in Commercial Vehicle Enforcement in furthering public safety.  The Core Values Award is presented in Officer Modlin’s memory to a graduate of each CVEO Basic Class.  Officer Modlin's daughter, Luanne, presents the award to the selected recipient.

The Ridgefield Port of Entry and memorial dedication for Officer Joseph Modlin took place in January 2020.

Please take a moment to remember Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin and his family.


On January 30, 2020, the Washington State Patrol Motor Carrier Safety Division celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the newly built Ridgefield Port of Entry (POE). As part of the dedication ceremony, a memorial plaque for Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin was unveiled.

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Weight Control Officer Joseph Modlin 
End of Watch – August 15, 1974
Gone But Never Forgotten