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Fallen trooper remembered as a family man & passionate about law enforcement

Posted at 10:26 PM, Aug 07, 2020

MASON, Mich. — A fallen Michigan State Trooper is being remembered as a family man who was passionate about law enforcement.

Trooper Caleb Starr passed away on Friday after spending nearly a month in the hospital.

33-year-old Caleb Starr was hit by a drunk driver while on duty on July 10th in Ionia County.

Visitation was held on Friday at Gorseline Runciman Funeral Homes in Mason, Mich. His funeral is planned for Saturday at 10 a.m.

"You can’t replace Caleb. It’s a hole that will be there forever," said Jim Couchenour, uncle-in-law to Starr.

Couchenour says Starr became a 'rock' to his wife, Rachael, and two young daughters.

"Caleb was the kind of the guy that it was easy to get to know him. It was easy to like him. It was easy to love him," said Couchenour. "He was just fun to be around. He loved life and he loved Rachel more than anything. He loved the girls right there with her."

Starr joined MSP back in September of 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Rachael, who is a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters.

The 28-year-old driver who allegedly hit the trooper is currently facing charges including second-degree murder and other offenses related to drinking and driving.