KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
August 2, 2018
Natalie Cook Clark
R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, former beloved Katy Chief of Police passed away from Alzheimers this Wednesday, August 1 on his 77th Birthday. Family and friends are set to honor this Katy legend on Sunday.
Photo from Katy Magazine feature story
R.L. “Buddy” Frazier, former and beloved Katy Chief of Police passed away Wednesday. Family will receive friends to honor Frazier from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this Sunday, August 5 at Schmidt Funeral Home Grand Parkway Chapel, in Katy. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. this Monday, August 6, 2018 with Rev. Steve Littlefield officiating.
A True Texas Gentleman
Called “Buddy” because of how he made people feel when they met him. He greeted people with the same personalized sense of heart and care that he dedicated to his nearly 50 years in law enforcement. Even if you didn’t get to know him, Katy is forever touched by his mark. He worked with local officials to bring Katy Mills Mall and all the development and businesses with it to this city. He worked diligently and with dedication to grow the Katy Police Department to match the city it served during some of the most major growing years Katy experienced.
“I had the honor and pleasure of working with Chief Buddy Frazier for 23 years,” said current Katy Chief of Police Bill Hastings. “He was a good friend and mentor to me. He had a great love for the police department, the employees, and the city of Katy. Chief Frazier was a mentor and a friend to all who worked with him. We will always look back on his friendship and strive to maintain the integrity, ethics and professionalism that he instilled in all of us who served under him. Rest easy Buddy. We will never forget you. The dedication that you had to law enforcement is what we will always remember and cherish.”
A Lifetime of Service
Service was who Frazier was. He served in the army before turning to law enforcement. Before coming to Katy, Frazier served in law enforcement in Dayton, Harris Country and Village Police Department. He retired from Village in 1983 but his will to serve didn’t take to retired life.
Frazier began as a patrol officer in the Katy Police Department. He worked hard and progressed up the chain until he was named Chief of Police in February 1996. He served as Katy Chief of Police for 13 years and retired in 2009.
Photo by Katy Magazine
Buddy loved Katy, its people, his family and nature. He loved the outdoors and hunting. He no doubt spent time at Katy Mill’s Outdoor World. He enjoyed his retirement years spending time outdoors and with his family and friends.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Roberta “Robbie” Frazier; sons, Loyd E. Frazier and wife Donna, John R. Frazier and wife Denise; sisters, Melinda Smith and husband Russell, Connie Doss, and Carla Stewart and husband Ferrian; grandchildren, Robert, James, Nicholas, Bryan, Eric, and Ryan; as well as other loving family members and friends.
A Substantial Impact
Buddy Frazier made a substantial impact on Katy and its residents and will be dearly missed by family, friends, colleagues and his community.
Katy Magazine ran a feature story on Buddy Frazier in June of 2008 and enjoyed photographing and interviewing him. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
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