It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Jared “Jed” Stout, age 81, who passed away peacefully on January 14, 2018, from bladder cancer. Through his lifetime, he nourished people around him with love, an enormous capacity to listen, and a wicked sense of humor.
Jed was born on a ranch in 1936 near Tucson, Arizona, to David and Dorothy (McClintock) Stout. Following his parents’ divorce, he was lovingly raised by his mother, Aunt Martha and Uncle Frank Gledhill in Connecticut. After graduating from high school, Jed served in the U.S. Air Force for four years before leaving the armed forces to attend Bowdoin College, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. That same year he married his wife, Allison (Lee) Stout, in Executer, New Hampshire. The two years that followed brought their two sons, Michael and Christopher.
Following his family’s journalism roots, Jed spent the first decade of his career working for several wire services and newspapers, including as an award-winning reporter for The Washington Post. In the early 1970s, he left journalism to join The Police Foundation, a criminal justice think tank funded by the Ford Foundation, to study the national psyche of the late '60s.
Jed later joined the police force in Fairfax County, Virginia, as the department's research and planning director. He became Chief of Police in Rockville, Maryland, in 1979, when officials decided they wanted somebody who could bring in modern-day management and make an impact around the clock in the city. He finished his career by serving as the Chief of Police in Friendswood, Texas, from 1989 to 2001.
In 2001, Jed retired after 30 years in law enforcement. He and Allison moved to Castle Rock, Colorado to be close to their sons and grandchildren. He spent many weekends cheering from the sidelines on soccer fields, reading and playing his guitar.
Jed loved music and had a passion for animals, specifically dogs and horses. Over his lifetime, he rescued many pups, which he lovingly and patiently nurtured and spoiled as companions. His faithful canine companion, Franklin, was one of his greatest joys in the last years of his life. The spirited pointer mix brought Jed to the Plum Creek Dog Park and opened his life to a wonderful community of loving friends.
Throughout his life, Jed maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. He will be remembered for his smile, his expressive bushy eyebrows, and his love for family and friends – including the four-legged variety.
Jed once said, “The kick I get is in dealing with people – in making a difference in their lives." He made a difference in the lives of many. He will be missed as a father, friend and grandfather.
Jed was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Allison, his eldest son Michael Stout, both of his parents, and his beloved aunt and uncle. He is survived by his son Christopher, daughters-in-law Stacy and Karyn; grandchildren Kristine, Jonathan, Griffin and Addison; half-sisters Debbie and Christie; and many friends – too numerous to list, but not forgotten.
Our family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and heart-felt support from too many people to name individually, but including: the amazing nurses and doctors at Swedish Medical Center and Orchard Park Health Center, family and friends. We also extend a special thank you to Yvonne and Steve Razzeca for welcoming Jed’s beloved dog, Franklin, into their home to live with his three furry buddies. We will forever be grateful for the love you have shown Jed and the peace of mind you provided by ensuring Franklin a lifetime of love and companionship.
An informal memorial will be held in the spring at Jed’s favorite dog park. Notice will be provided as the date is determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jed’s name to your favorite animal shelter.