Photo/Story Gallery 2004

Former Trooper and Sheriff Dies

Quentin Owen Whittle, FHP Trooper 1956-1982.Quentin Owen Whittle
FHP Trooper 1956-1982

Former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Quentin Owen Whittle, died on September 19, 2004, after a brave five-year battle with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Whittle, who served with FHP for 25 years, is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, two sisters, and eleven grandchildren.

Quentin Whittle joined the Florida Highway Patrol in 1956 after completing two months of initial training at the FHP Academy. He was then stationed in Tallahassee for a brief period before being transferred to Perry. During his first five years on the Patrol, Trooper Quentin Whittle led the FHP in felony arrests. He was hand picked as a representative of Florida law enforcement during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. In 1965, Quentin received the first ever FHP Trooper of the Year Award for his heroic actions in the line of duty. Quentin served on the FHP Riot Squad during the turbulent late 1960’s and early 1970’s, providing security for many civil rights demonstrations and several presidential conventions. Later, Quentin was selected to be a Homicide Investigator. He was also a Master Revolver Marksman, winning many pistol shooting competitions.

Trooper Quentin Whittle retired from the FHP in 1982 after serving 25 years in Taylor County. During the next three years he pursued his love of the outdoors through hunting, fishing and collecting Indian artifacts. He returned to law enforcement in 1985 when he was elected Sheriff of Taylor County, continuing his reputation for uncompromising honor and integrity while aggressively enforcing the law.

Following his retirement as Sheriff, Quentin pursued his life long dream of traveling throughout the United States. He purchased a fifth wheel camper and traveled with his wife to every state in the continental U.S. at least once and most states twice, including Alaska. He continued to hunt and fish until his health declined.

During his 29 year career in law enforcement, Quentin was no stranger to danger and worked tirelessly to make Taylor County a safer and better place to live. Although he received numerous accolades, no praise was more important to him than being called friend. His sustained superior performance as a law enforcement professional was exceeded only by his love for his family. Among the most respected men that have called Taylor County home, Quentin Whittle’s service to country, state, and local community, as well as his love for his family, were truly remarkable. Quentin Whittle made a positive impact on many lives during his 48 years in Taylor County and will be dearly missed.