Walter Lee Lavender

January 24, 1960October 29, 2021
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Walter Lee Lavender, 61, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2021, in El Paso, Texas. Walter was a lifelong resident of El Paso and a graduate of Irvin High School Class of 1978. In 1981, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for four years. He entered the El Paso Police Academy in 1987 and achieved the honor of being Valedictorian of the 76th Class “Few in Quantity, Full of Quality”. He dutifully served the El Paso Police Department for 21 years in various departments to include Auto-Theft and Crimes Against Persons where he held the rank of Sergeant of Detectives. He then went on to serve as Bailiff with the 384th District Court for 6 years and as a Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Horizon City. He was Co-Owner of Blue Line Motor Escort Service where he again proudly served his community by providing Off Duty Peace Officers, as well as participating as, a Motor Escort for Funeral Processions.

Walter loved traveling and spending quality time with his family. Collecting firearms and knives was his passion. His quick wit and goofy spirit brought smiles to the faces of everyone around him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Lee Lavender, Sr.; his mother Maria Lazcano Ward; and his sister, Rosa Maria Gad.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Alma Salazar Lavender; children: Megan Lea Lavender Clark (Andrew Blake), Jason Michael Lavender (Shannon Gale), Eric Walter Lavender, Michelle M. Gonzales (Lydia), and Michael A. Gonzales; siblings: Patricia Anna Lavender, Lilia Lavender Teaney, and Carlos Lavender; and his brother-in-law Chris Gad; grandchildren: Vienna Jean Lavender and Ethan and Elijah Gonzales; nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; as well as numerous other loving family and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home, 1060 N. Carolina; El Paso, Texas 79915. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church., 1700 George Dieter Dr.; El Paso, Texas 79936. Entombment will follow at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery with U.S. Air Force and El Paso Police Department Honors. Services are entrusted to Hillcrest Funeral Home.

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  • Alma Salazar Lavender Wife of 25 years
  • Megan Lea Lavender Clark (Andrew Blake) Daughter
  • Jason Michael Lavender (Shannon Gale) Son
  • Eric Walter Lavender Son
  • Michelle M. Gonzales (Lydia) Daughter
  • Michael A. Gonzales Son
  • Patricia Anna Lavender Sister
  • Lilia Lavender Teaney Sister
  • Carlos Lavender Brother
  • Chris Gad Brother-in-law
  • Vienna Jean Lavender Granddaughter
  • Ethan Gonzales Grandson
  • Elijah Gonzales Grandson
  • Walter is also survived by his nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; as well as numerous other loving family and friends.

Past Services

Sunday, November 07, 2021


Sunday, November 07, 2021


Monday, November 08, 2021

Funeral Mass

Monday, November 08, 2021