Former Friendswood Chief of Police Jared “Jed” Stout died Jan. 14 in Castle Rock, Colo., of bladder cancer. He was 81.
Stout was police chief of Friendswood from 1989 to 2001. He retired from law enforcement in 2001 and moved to Colorado.
Stout was born in 1936 on a ranch near Tucson, Ariz., and served in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1961.
Stout worked as a journalist for several wire services and newspapers, and was an award-winning reporter for The Washington Post.
In the early 1970s, he left journalism to join The Police Foundation, a criminal justice think tank funded by the Ford Foundation.
Stout later joined the police force in Fairfax County, Va., as the department’s research and planning director. He became chief of police in Rockville, Md., in 1979.
He retired in April 2001 after 30 years in law enforcement.
A family statement included a quote attributed to Stout.
“The kick I get is in dealing with people, in making a difference in their lives,” Stout said.
Stout was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Allison Stout, and his eldest son, Michael Stout.
He is survived by his son Christopher Stout, daughters-in-law Stacy Stout and Karyn Stout; and four grandchildren.
He is also survived by his pointer mix Franklin. The dog is living with friends.
An informal memorial will be held in the spring at Stout’s favorite dog park in Colorado, the family said.