I knew Don back in the 1940's at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. We were in the same history class. He was an amazing artist, I remember
him drawing U. S. fighter planes with great precision. He is a friend I have not seen in many decades, but I still remember him.
My condolences go out to his family, a wonderful man is now in heaven. "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."
On behalf of Chief Raymond D. Schultz and the Albuquerque Police Department family, we express our deepest condolences.
As members of the Albuquerque Police Department family, we serve together, we laugh together and we cry together.
Today, we stand with you and pray you will find comfort in your faith in God as “he leads you beside still waters and restores your soul.” (Psalm 23:2, 3)
Thank you Chief Byrd for your faithful service to our Department and community.
Don Byrd was a good man and Mason; he served admirably as the Dallas Police Chief and Sheriff. His longtime friend George Emmett passed just a few weeks ago. Now they are probably shooting skeet somewhere together. It was my privilege to know both of these great men. Truly our loss is great...
Please accept my deepest sympathy.
I was so sorry to read that Don Byrd had passed away. He was a truly accomplished and unique individual, and one dedicated to service of others, and devotion to his family and friends.
Often described as "a cop's cop", a high honor to be sure, Don also brought to law enforcement truly exceptional levels of professionalism, leadership, and love of duty.
My prayers and condolences are with Don's family and those who loved him.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
I lived across the street from Don and Carol on Tealford in 1959-61. My mother Sydney named my sister after Carol. Don taught me how to throw a football. We used to play in the street in front of Charles Groves home. I believe Charles was related somehow. I would love to hear from any of their children. My earliest memories are telling stories in front of their house until the front porch light came on. RIP Don. And thanks for the memories! firstname.lastname@example.org
I served under Chief Byrd, and he was a police officer's Chief and a good man. He was highly respected by those of us he led for his fairness and integrity.
Carol (Wesley), I know you from TJ '67 and Chief Byrd was my favorite Chief. I retired from DPD as Det. in Homicide. When in patrol,Chief Byrd was great in 1973 during a tough time in big D, because of several Police killings. His policy and leadership inspired me and I will always remember them and I supported him in his SO elections. I remember seeing you at our HS reunion with Chief Byrd. I was young and very humble seeing ya'll. My Prayers and GOD's Blessing go out to you and your family. GOD BLESS!
Retired DPD Detective
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Don Byrd, an outstanding Police Chief for the City of Dallas and Sheriff for Dallas County. He will be missed.
May the Good Lord Bless Don and the Family.
What Carol omitted from the obituary was her dedicated effort to make for Don the best possible life the last ten months. And she did. With the help of two amazing nurses, Blake and Aaron, Don had Christmas dinner at the head of the table. Every good day was celebrated. And there were many. While I have come to know Carol and Don only through warm correspondence, I feel like I know Don's goodness and Carol's strenth of heart. I, too, feel this enormous loss. God bless. Karen Richards, Sanibel, FL.
God puts people in our paths and I am so grateful to him for putting such a wonderful man in my path. You were like a second father to me and I will forever love and miss you ! I will see you again someday !!
Rest in peace Daddy Don. Tell Daddy Wayne I miss him. Joyce and I kept y'all busy getting us out of trouble. We love you and miss you. You are always in our hearts.
I am stunned and saddened by the loss of Don Byrd, a respected and appreciated former colleague at the City of Dallas. I took special pride in my appointment of him as Chief of Police of the City. I valued his high standard of performance, admired and valued his standard of exceptional service, and received great satisfaction in our work together there. My sympathy and condolences in his loss.
George R. Schrader
Former City Manager, City of Dallas
REST IN PEACE SHERIFF BYRD. I WAS A DEPUTY FROM 78-2008 WHEN I RETIRED FROM DSO AFTER 30 YEARS. I AM HONORED TO HAVE WORKED UNDER YOUR WATCH.
J. P. COLLARD #202
My thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the family during this sad time. Chief Byrd was an outstanding leader for all of us that worked under his command. He was also a friend and very highly respected. I am blessed to have known him.