Trooper Ernest Eichhorn died on September 16, 1958, at the age of 33. Trooper Eichhorn was in front of the Puyallup Fairgrounds directing traffic after the fair had closed for the day.
Charles Baker drove to the fairgrounds to pick up his wife from her job at the fair. He had spent the afternoon drinking and was under the influence of alcohol as he drove toward the fair. Baker was traveling about 30-35 miles per hour when he struck Trooper Eichhorn in the intersection. Trooper Eichhorn was transported to Tacoma General Hospital where he remained in a coma until he died from his injuries three days later. At the time of his death, Trooper Eichhorn had served twelve years with the Washington State Patrol as a Trooper.
Trooper Eichhorn’s wife, Marion, passed away in October 2009. Their three daughters, Julie, Jann and Jill live in the Puget Sound area. Trooper Eichhorn’s sister, Carolyn Baker, lives in Puyallup. Julie and her daughter, Emily, attended the 2016 dinner as our guests.
Please take a moment to remember Trooper Ernest Eichhorn and his family.