Zarske joined the Sheriff's Department as a dispatcher when he was a teenager, and became a deputy in 1993.
Following a stint as a resident deputy in Lincoln for a number of years, Zarske was promoted to sergeant where he was in charge of the office vehicle maintenance program.
Sheriff Leo Dutton said, "It is very devastating because Tim had his 20 years in and could retire, but stayed because he enjoyed his job. Really, really enjoyed time with his family, I'm 99-percent sure his best friend was his wife. The citizens of Lewis and Clark County were served very well by Tim's years of service. I want to thank them for their patience...their understanding."
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton issued the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that I announce the passing of 48 year old Sergeant Tim Zarske. Tim passed away early this morning at St. Peters' hospital. Our condolences to his wife Tammy and their family. Sergeant Zarske served with the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office for over 20 years, beginning his career as a dispatcher. The funeral services are pending and we will announce further details as they become available.
Services for Zarske are pending at Anderson, Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home.
A benefit fund has been established for the Zarske family at Valley Bank of Helena.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch:
Tuesday, September 2, 2014