MSP Trooper Starr to be honored in memorial service and patrol vehicle tribute

Trooper Caleb Starr died Friday after being hit by a drunk driver back on July 10,  MSP said.
Trooper Caleb Starr died Friday after being hit by a drunk driver back on July 10, MSP said.(MSP)
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - 33-year old Trooper Caleb Starr, a Mason native, was struck by a drunk driver while on-duty on July 10, 2020. He will be honored in a memorial service and patrol vehicle tribute in his hometown.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m. July 10 in Boston Township in Ionia County. Trooper Starr was westbound on Grand River Avenue in his patrol vehicle when a vehicle traveling east crossed the centerline. The vehicle that struck Trooper Starr was driven by a 28-year woman from Utah.

Trooper Starr was flown by medical helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was receiving treatment at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital until he passed away.

Trooper Starr began his service with the Michigan State Police in September of 2018 as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School.

“The Michigan State Police mourns the loss of not just a trooper, but a husband, father and dedicated public servant who had so much left to give in a life that was cut far too short,” said Col. Joe Gasper, director of the MSP.

Keeping with COVID-19 regulations, a memorial service, visitation, and graveside service will be private with limited attendance. State police are asking for those who would like to pay their respects to the Starr family to send them here.

On Saturday, August 8, law enforcement agencies with marked patrol vehicles are invited to participate in a patrol vehicle tribute lining the funeral processional route.

Law enforcement agencies are welcome to send a video message to Trooper Starr’s family. Interested law enforcement agencies should email MSP Public Affairs at

Any officers who are participating in the patrol vehicle tribute shall report to the Ingham County Fairgrounds at 700 East Ash Street in Mason by 9 a.m. Officers are asked to remain in their vehicles. They will hear a briefing via the public-address system at 9:30 a.m. The staging for the tribute is set to begin at 10 a.m.

The funeral procession will lead to Maple Grove Cemetery where Trooper Starr will be laid to rest.

The procession is planned to start around 11 a.m. There will be blocked parking spaces in the downtown area on Saturday morning for law enforcement vehicles. The procession route and information on blocked parking is provided below.

The Mason community is encouraged to line the route in a show of support for Trooper Starr and his family. The City encourages those along the route to social distance and wear masks as well.

Trooper Starr is survived by his wife, Rachael, who is a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters.

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