Lake Zurich Retired Police Officer, Kris Zak, Dies at 46

DARE officer, Lake Zurich native served department for 20 years.


Retired Lake Zurich Police Officer Kristopher Zak, 46, died unexpectedly, of natural casuses, on Dec. 14, according to a news release from the Lake Zurich Police Department.

Zak was a Lake Zurich native. He lived in Crystal Lake with his wife, Connie, and was the father of two children, Ian and Ryan.

“Kris was born and raised in Lake Zurich and he was very proud to be a Lake Zurich police officer. He was especially proud of his time as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer,” recalled Commander David Bradstreet of the Lake Zurich Police Department.

Bradstreet said Zak did well as a DARE officer as is evidence from his files which were filled with "thank you" notes from former students.

“Chris left here in good standing. We liked him and were proud of his service,” Bradstreet said. 

Officer Zak began his career with the Lake Zurich Police Department in September 1985 as a telecommunicator. He graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute in July 1988 and served as a Lake Zurich police officer until January 2005, when he was granted an on-duty disability.

Zak also serve as a community service officer.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18 at Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 415 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Crystal Lake Memorial Park Cemetery in Crystal Lake. 


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Joe Zak December 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Kris was very proud to serve the village for many years. Not mentioned was his service with Lake Zurich Rescue, starting at age 16 as a 'Cadet', and later as an EMT-A. - Joe Zak.
Marie Geschke December 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Kris was a GREAT DARE officer! The students loved him! My heart and prayers are with the entire Zak family....
Tammy Markl December 18, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I haven't seen Officer Zak in years, but I can fondly remember good conversations at "the Hen" (when I was 16) and he would stop in for coffee and tell me my next stop should best be home. :) He was a truly good person. May peace and the comfort of the Lord be with the Zak family at this time.
Mark Bomya December 18, 2012 at 05:05 AM
He was so funny and had a great personality. He loved doing the D.A.R.E. program for Sarah Adams elementary. He WILL be missed! :'(
Phil Stilke December 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I first came to know Kris in Sunday School 30+ years ago. We were never real close, mostly because we attended different grade schools and high school, but I always considered him a friend. It would be years between times we would bump into each other. Each of us would bring the other up to speed since the last time our paths crossed. I honestly cannot remember Kris in any other way other than smiling and laughing. My heart goes out to Connie, the kids, and extended family. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. Phil Stilke


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