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Memorial service set for former Holtville police chief

January 09, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — A memorial service will start at noon Saturday in Holt Park for former Holtville Police Chief Bob Weaver, 51.

Services for Weaver, who died Jan. 3 of a heart attack in the Yuma area, will be at the Holt Park gazebo at noon. Mike Johnson, director of Turning Point Ministry, will lead the service. A meal will be served following the service. The service is being coordinated by members of First Southern Baptist Church and Turning Point.

Since Friday, flags have flown at half-staff at Holtville City Hall, the fire station and the police station in tribute to Weaver. He started working for the city as a police patrol officer in 1972. He served as police chief from 1988 to 1996.

"He was a good cop, alert. He knew his business. We worked together a lot. He taught himself to develop his own film and did all our identification work, and was good at it," said former Holtville Police Chief Pete Henthorne, who worked with Weaver for many years. "He helped me bring the department up-to-date with the latest. He was a great help on patrol and administration. He was my right and left hand."

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Imperial County Sheriff Harold Carter worked with Weaver for many years.

"He was very active with the Police Chiefs Association," Carter said. "He was a great contributor, a very intelligent guy. We worked together on several projects. He was always willing to help, very forward thinking. He came up with a lot of really good ideas for us. He was respected by everybody. His death is a real loss to the community."

Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Weaver and Tina Rodriguez, son-in-law Tony Rodriguez, four grandchildren: Bradley and Hannah Rodriguez and John and Christopher Weaver, all of Hollister; brother, Fred Weaver of Colorado; sisters, Sharon Garcia of Colorado and Karen Schwartz of Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Anyone who wishes to bring food to the park is asked to call Turning Point at 356-4307 or Tammy Moore at 356-1588.

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