Dallas Massie

Members of the American Legion Post 35 Honor Guard stand at attention during a Memorial Day observance in this Frontiersman file photo. Dallas Massie, pictured on the left, died following a car accident Thursday. Massie was a longtime and well-respected Alaska State Trooper.

WASILLA — A well-respected retired Alaska State Trooper died after a car accident near Wasilla early Thursday evening.

Dallas Massie Sr., died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Alaska State Troopers. AST received a report of a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of Lamont Way and Tweed Court just after 6 p.m. Thursday. According to troopers, the initial investigation revealed a Chevrolet truck struck the driver’s side of a Dodge truck operated by Massie. The drivers of both vehicles were transferred to a local hospital, troopers said, and Massie did not survive his injuries.

Massie, who retired in 2006, spent 25 years with the troopers, most of that time in the Valley. Massie retired as a sergeant, according to the Frontiersman archives, and the leader of the Valley’s investigative unity. Massie did return to work in 2009, serving as the chief of police in Nome for a short stint after his predecessor, and friend and former colleague, was forced to leave the position due to family reasons. Massie also spent time as a trooper in Kotzebue.

Local representatives shared their thoughts about Massie is a press release issued by the Alaska House of Representatives.

“Our hearts are heavy with the tragic news of retired Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Dallas Massie’s passing,” said Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard (R-Wasilla). “We keep his family, friends and all peace officers in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

“Dallas Massie served the State of Alaska and the upper Susitna Valley as an exemplary leader as a Trooper,” said Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer). “He will be greatly missed by all Alaskans. Our hearts are with his family.”

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