Michael Knapp

Live-streaming will be to North County Christ the King in Lynden

WHATCOM ­— The memorial service for Michael Knapp will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Bellingham Christ the King Church, 4173 Guide Meridian Rd., and will be live-streamed to North County Christ the King Church of Lynden, 1816 18th St.

People wishing to honor Knapp and show support for his family may come to either location.

Knapp, 79, is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. 

Knapp was serving as the Lynden interim police chief at the time of his Nov. 6 death. He had been the Ferndale chief of police from 2005 to retirement in 2016 and he also filled in as interim police chief for Blaine.

Knapp was struck by a small pickup truck in the early-evening darkness of Nov. 5 as he crossed Fourth Street in Lynden. In his interim role since June, he had just heard the three finalists for the permanent police chief position speak in City Hall Annex. From the accident scene, he was transported first to Bellingham and then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center of Seattle, where he died.

“Chief Michael Knapp’s life was defined by service,” stated a press release from the Bellingham Police Department public information officer announcing the memorial service. Knapp served his country first as a member of the U.S. Army, then in a 27-year career as a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent and finally as the police chief of several communities in the Northwest including Medina in King County.

The Whatcom County Support Officers and Behind the Badge Foundation worked with chief Knapp’s family and the City of Lynden on arrangements.

A memorial fund has been established at Peoples Bank. Donations can be made to the Chief Michael Knapp Memorial Fund at any branch location and also at the Lynden Police Department, 203 19th St. 

Chief Michael Knapp’s family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to: Whatcom County Support Officers, P.O. Box 1102, Bellingham, WA 98227,

Procession will precede along West Smith, Guide Meridian

A law enforcement procession precedes the service. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Phillips 66 Soccer Fields, southeast corner of Smith and Northwest roads, and go east on Smith to Guide Meridian Road and then south to Westerly Road in Bellingham.

“Only those agencies where Chief Knapp was employed are participating in this procession,” say organizers. Those locally would include the Blaine, Ferndale and Lynden police departments.

First responders from other agencies and the public can show their support for Chief Knapp along the procession route. It is asked that this be especially along Meridian Street between Stuart and Westerly roads in Bellingham. For the safety of motorists and those involved in the procession, please park in the business parking lots along Meridian and stand on the sidewalks as the procession passes by.  This is also nearby the memorail service venue — be careful walking. 

Traffic along the route is expected to be impacted generally in the 11:30 a.m. to noon timeframe.