Steven Douglas Wallace passed away suddenly at the young age of 50 on Saturday, April 10.

Longtime friends and co-workers of Wallace remember him as a man who was always smiling, and who people admired and respected.

Wallace, who served as a Master Trooper with the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Division, began his police career at the Bastrop Police Department on Dec. 14, 1988.

Morehouse Parish Sheriff Mike Tubbs said he and Wallace both began working at the department around the same time.

"Steve started as a dispatcher," he said. "He came to the BPD before he was 21, so he worked as a dispatcher. He was a solid guy, someone you could count on. He really enjoyed police work."

Wallace was not one to get discouraged, Tubbs said.

"He was determined to go to the State Police," he said. "He persisted and was hired in June of '95. After awhile, he became a detective and got into the narcotics division.

"All of our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his family," Tubbs said. "Rebecca (his wife) has been a part of the Sheriff's Department for 18 years. We are one big family here. It has been somber, because our hearts are so deeply rooted."

District Attorney Investigator Alan Freeman served as Bastrop's Chief of Police at the time when Wallace began patrolling.

"You couldn't ask for a better guy," he said. "He was always happy and funny. He did a great job in patrol. He had such a big heart. I hated to lose him when he left to go to the State Police, but I understood."

Former Morehouse Parish Sheriff Danny McGrew said he has fond memories of working with Wallace at the State Police Department.

"He was dependable and a darn good softball player," he said. "That used to be important to the State Police. We had a team, and Steve was a great ball player."

McGrew said Wallace was a big-hearted man that would help people whenever he could.

"He was the kind of cop that if you were in a bind somewhere, you would be glad to see him pull up," he said. "He was a strong man who was big enough to help out too."

Freeman said losing someone like Wallace hurts many people.

"It stings really bad," he said. "I know all the troops will miss him too. I'm gonna miss him."

Wallace was a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church, the Louisiana Trooper Association and served in the National Guard. He loved hunting, fishing and baseball, but his true love was his family

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Herrington Wallace; sons, Cadge Wallace and Christopher Wallace; mother, Alice Wallace; brothers, Michael Wallace of Bastrop and Tom Wallace and wife Julie of Loganville, Georgia.