Chief Roy Lane is remembered for his service to the people of Cortez, Colorado. He died at home surrounded by his family. He had four children and 10 grandchildren.
Roy Lane was 75. He had only recently retired from the Cortez Police Department where he served as chief for 39 years–purported to be Colorado’s longest-serving police chief. He began his law enforcement career at 21 and by 30 was serving as a police chief. At the time of his retirement he had be a law enforcement officer for 54 years.
He was very well respected in and around Cortez, so much so that upon his retirement the the city of Cortez named their municipal courtroom in his honor. Several of his subordinates credited him with creating a family culture in the Cortez Police Department.
Roy Lane was a graduate of the 109th Session.