Eric David Seiley

23 February, 194710 February, 2021

Eric David Seiley, age 73 passed away in Lone Tree, CO at Skyridge Medical Center from complications of COVID-19. Eric “Rick” Seiley was born February 23, 1947 in Boston, MA to Henry Hamilton Seiley III and Frances (Batho) Seiley. He was raised in Lake Charles, LA where he attended McNeese University and graduated with a BA in Business Management. He married Carol (Homer) Seiley on June 1st, 1967. He served at the Lake Charles Police Department as a Patrolman and a Juvenile Detective. He also served at the Santa Cruz Police Department in 1981as a Patrolman, a Field Training Officer, and a Detective. He then went on to retire as a Sergeant in 2000. Rick also served in the U.S. Navy and left his service as an E-5. While in the service he was on the U.S.S. Wasp, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, and the Meritorious Service Medal. 

Rick was a faithful servant of the Lord and spent many hours studying the bible. He was known as a protector and mentor, was loyal, compassionate, generous, and caring with a great sense of humor. He was a “good ole boy.” He will surely be missed by all that knew and loved him. 

He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter Pam Seiley of Denver, son Eric S. Seiley (Melody) of Scotts Valley, CA, and son Joel Seiley of Highlands Ranch. Grandchildren Kyle Butler, Paige Butler, Olivia Seiley, and Grace Seiley and great grandson Emory Butler as well as three sisters and two brothers. He was preceded in death by parents Henry and Frances Seiley. His ashes will be interred at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. The family wishes to thank members of the church, bible studies and home groups for their support



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Russ Ellis

2 March 2021

I had the pleasure and honor of working with and for Rick when we were assigned to the downtown unit. Very wise and a great man of fairness and yet compassion. This is how I remember Rick. I know he will be missed by many. My condolences to the family.

Dave Townsend

27 February 2021

Rick was one of my FTOs as I learned the ropes of Police Work in Santa Cruz. As such he taught, mentored and molded me into a productive officer. Great guy, and great cop.
My sympathies to the Seily Family for your loss. RIP Rick!

Rick Bartle

27 February 2021

Rick and I worked together at Santa Cruz Police Department. We had many great discussions covering many topics. Rick was a good cop. He was a terrific mentor and trainer. He was a teacher and led by example. I liked Rick. He was not only a good cop, but he was also a hell of a man. Left this world much too early. God bless you, Rick. Rest in peace my friend.

Chuck Varner

26 February 2021

Carol and Family,
I am very sorry to hear about Rick's passing. He was a really good guy and I have a lot of fond memories working with him. May he Rest in Pease.

Mike Medina

26 February 2021

I had the honor and privilege to work on Sgt. Seiley’s team for many shifts. Sgt. Seiley was an incredible, patient mentor with a wealth of knowledge for young patrol officers. He will live on through all the officers that worked for, and were trained by him.

Steve Belcher

26 February 2021

Hello Carol,
I was saddened to hear of Rick's passing. Rick was one of those honestly nice guys. I know we have not spoken in quite awhile, but that has not diminished our friendship , not only with Rick, but you and your entire family.

I spoke with several of the retirees the other day and we reminisced about the fond memories we had working with him. They all send their condolences.

Sisi and I want to express our most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Wishing you the best in these difficult times.

Steve & Sisi Belcher

Suzanne Craig

26 February 2021

I’m very sad to hear about Ricks’s passing. He was my first FTO in Santa Cruz, and taught me the ropes. My 1st day with him I hit a pigeon and feathers went all over the place. He enjoyed teasing me about that for years!! I have many fond memories of my time with him. RIP Sir

David Perry

25 February 2021

My deepest sympathy,

Sgt Seiley was my friend, mentor and someone I greatly respected. It was always a pleasure to work for him and to have him as my " Vice Presidential " candidate for 2016. Though we didn't get many votes, I know as a team we could have made a huge impact in this country. He made a huge impact on my career and I owe him a debt of gratitude.

I will see you in my next life my friend.

Joe Haebe

25 February 2021

Seiley Family,

Rick was an officer on my night shift at SCPD. He was always Rick Bob to me.
He never lost his composure, his respect, or his home spun humor.
I will miss him. He’s one of the few people who left this world a better place than he found it.
God’s blessings to all of you,
Joe Haebe

Frank Deniz

25 February 2021

I was honored to work with and for Rick at Santa Cruz PD.
He was a kind soul and a good friend.
My condolences to his family for he will be greatly missed.
Rest well Rick.

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