(St. George, UT) -- Washington County reported that longtime sheriff Cory Pulsipher passed away Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Statement from Washington County:

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our beloved former-Washington County Sheriff, Cory Pulsipher, has passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Sheriff Pulsipher retired from his post last December after 35+ years in Washington County law enforcement. His love for the people of Washington County and his efforts to serve and protect them were unparalleled. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Statement from Sheriff Nate Brooksby:

"It is with the greatest sadness that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Sheriff Cory Pulsipher, former three (3) term Sheriff of the Washington County Utah Sheriff’s Office. We would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Pulsipher family, Sheriff Pulsipher’s wife, Cathy Pulsipher, and their children and grandchildren. Sheriff Pulsipher leaves a legacy of devotion to his family, his faith, and his community. With more than 35 years of dedicated public service, he will be forever remembered for his tireless commitment to the people of Washington County. Sheriff Pulsipher guided our agency through both great and difficult times and did so with poise, dignity, steadfastness, and a friendly smile. Sheriff Pulsipher fostered lasting relationships with all those he came in contact with. He will truly be missed by all those who had the privilege of interacting with him. Sheriff Pulsipher: leader, mentor, fisherman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. May the Pulsipher family feel comfort in this time of grief. Thank you for allowing your husband, father, and grandfather to lead our agency for so many years.

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