Longtime Denton Sheriff Weldon Lucas Dead at 68

Former sheriff died after suffering stroke.

Weldon Lucas, a career lawman and former Texas Ranger who served as sheriff of Denton County for more than a decade, has died. He was 68.

Lucas also was a consultant to the television show "Walker, Texas Ranger."

Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office records Monday indicated Lucas died Saturday night in Denton. The cause of death was listed as a stroke.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reports Lucas in 1963 enrolled in training to join the Texas Department of Public Safety, starting as a patrol officer. He went on to join the elite Texas Rangers in 1981, serving Denton and Cooke counties.

He took office as sheriff in 1993. Lucas retired in 2004.

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