Former Alice Police Chief Jack Dean Compton passed away on Easter Sunday in Laredo after years of serving and protecting.

Compton moved to Beeville after a brief stint in the United States Army and was honorably discharged during the Korean War.

He spent the majority of his life in law enforcement. He started as a River Rider along the US Mexico border, police officer in Beeville and Kingsville where he became Chief of Police at the age of 28.

He then joined the BNDD, US Customs, and Drug Enforcement Agency before becoming the District Director of Customs Patrol in Laredo and rounded out his career as chief of police in Alice for 10 years.

“He ran a good department while I worked under him as a patrol officer and in CID,” said Police Chief Rex Ramon. “At the beginning of his career he backed up the officers especially when there was a false report or a false allegation against any officer.”

According to Ramon, Compton was instrumental in getting officers a raise and reopening the Matt Murphy case.

“He was one of the chief’s, when he came in, who reopened the Matt Murphy case,” he said. “He was very aggressive on the case…He was a straight-up man and was very firm.”

Rex, Lt. Hector Zeturche Jr. and Sgt. Aniceto Perez attended Compton’s funeral services. They led his procession and spent time with the family.