A memorial service will be held later this month for the former Shenandoah County Sheriff’s deputy who died in the line of duty in May while conducting a criminal investigation for a New Mexico police department.

The service for Corp. Thomas Wade Frazier, 42, will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Shenandoah County Park, 380 Park Lane, Maurertown. 

Funeral services for Frazier were held in May in Artesia, New Mexico. The local ceremony's timing lined up with his family's wishes, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kolter Stroop said.

“He was very beloved around here,” Stroop said.

Fraizer died in a car accident after the police pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a tractor-trailer that slowed down to turn off highway 285, north of Artesia, according to a previous New Mexico State Police news release.

An attempt to receive an update on the investigation from New Mexico State Police was unsuccessful.

Frazier was born in Woodstock to Thomas Edward and Lea Anne Frazier, a Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office announcement states. Thomas Edward was a former Woodstock Police officer. Frazier grew up in Strasburg and is a 1997 Strasburg High School graduate.

Frazier served with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office in the patrol division for 12 years before moving to Artesia to join the local police department, the announcement states. 

Frazier was also a member of the Strasburg Fire Department and past member of the Strasburg Rescue Squad and Woodstock Rescue Squad, the announcement states.

Frazier was a detective with the Artesia Police Department and served as a task force officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive Violent Crimes Task Force. He was chief of the Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department in Artesia at the time of his death.

Frazier is survived by his wife Allison, three children, Camryn, Caden and Carter; sister Jessie Ives and her husband Jeff; and his grandmothers, Anna Rupert and Nancy Darr.

The Thomas Wade Frazier Memorial Fund has been set up with City National Bank, 33230 Old Valley Pike, Strasburg, VA 22657. The funds will go toward scholarships for high school students interested in public safety and fire/EMS careers, Stroop said.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com