Former Holtville Police Chief Robert Weaver dies of heart attack at

January 04, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Bob Weaver, 51, police chief of Holtville from 1988 to 1996, died of a heart attack Thursday in the Yuma area.

He was at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Senator's Wash area when he suffered the heart attack.

Weaver was airlifted to Yuma Regional Medical Center after he was stricken. He died shortly afterward in the emergency room.

A popular man in the law enforcement community, he took early retirement in 1996 after having his first heart attack in 1989.

An outdoorsman, he was a member of the Imperial County Hunting and Fishing Lodge at Ferguson Lake. Following his retirement he spent a lot of time there and called it his "home away from home."

Holtville Police Chief Charlie Simpson became acquainted with Weaver in 1968.

"We go back a long way," Simpson said. "I admired his unique way of getting the job done. He always had a handle on what he was doing and he was good to work with. He was well educated and had a built-in drive that made people look up to him. He was always there for me to turn to when I had a problem."


Mike Johnson, director of Turning Point Ministry, a residential program for men with drug and alcohol problems, credits Weaver with playing a major role in saving his life.

"He was a good man," Johnson said. "Even the criminals liked him. He totally cared about people. When he saw that I was in a bad way because of drugs he spent a lot of time with me. I spent several nights at his house. We had a special relationship. He had the police put the pressure on me. It was that initial arrest that put the pressure on me to get my life straightened out."

Sgt. Jake Holguin of the Imperial County Sheriff's Office said he was in shock upon hearing about Weaver.

"A lot of what I am today is because of him," Holguin said, "learning how to treat people and seeing both sides of a situation. He was an exceptional human being. He truly cared for other people and he tried to help people in need. The man was extremely intelligent, but never arrogant about his knowledge. He was a hard worker. At one point he was Holtville's city manager, public works director and police chief."

Weaver is survived by two daughters: Amanda Weaver and Tina Rodriguez, both of Salinas, and three grandchildren.

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