Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

ALVAREZ

Mrs. Zoraida Alvarez passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the age of 89. She is the mother of Lieutenant Jose R. Martinez, assigned to the Emergency Communications Division. Graveside services were held March 13 in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

BAKER

Retired Detective Donald I. Baker passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Janet Baker. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Houston Police Department on February 23, 1953, Academy Class No. 9. During his career with the Houston Police Department, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, Juvenile Division, Dispatcher’s Office, Robbery Division, and Auto Theft Division Detective Baker retired on September 28, 1973, out of the Community Relations Division.

BOSWELL

Mrs. Martha Jean Boswell passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the age of 91. She is the grandmother of Police Officer Jarrett B. Arocha, assigned to the Airport Division – IAH. Services were held February 24 in Yoakum.

BREEDLOVE

Mr. Leroy D. Breedlove, Sr. passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the age of 86. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Ann (Denise) Williams, assigned to the Westside Division. Services were held February 11 with burial in Orange.

BYRD

Retired Senior Police Officer James L. Byrd passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the age of 61. He is survived by his wife Patricia Byrd. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 22, 1982, Academy Class No. 104. During his career with the Houston Police Department Senior Police Officer Byrd was assigned to the Southwest Division, Communications Services Division, and the Office of Public Affairs. He retired on April 9, 2016. Services were held March 10.

CARPENTER

Retired Sergeant Jerry W. Carpenter passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Billie Carpenter. He joined the Houston Police Department on November 6, 1961, Academy Class No. 25.  During his career with the Department, he was assigned to the Central Division, Special Operations Division, Jail Division, Emergency Communications Division, Vice Division, Homicide Division, Criminal Intelligence Division and the Burglary and Theft Division. Sergeant Carpenter retired on March 29, 1991.

Services were held March 18.

 CRUMP

Mrs. Mary Ann Crump passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the age of 74. She is the mother of Sergeant Darren W. Crump, assigned to Hobby Airport. Services were held March 1 with burial in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

FRENCH

Retired Lieutenant Hubert R. French passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty French. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Lieutenant French started his career of law enforcement with the City of Houston Park Police Department on August 27, 1973. He joined the Houston Police Department with the merger of both departments on September 1, 1985. Lieutenant French retired on March 18, 1995 out of the Park Police Division. Services were held March 3 with burial in South Park Cemetery.

GANDIA

Mr. Oscar Gandia passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the age of 87. He is the father of Sergeant Edwin G. Lacourt, assigned to the North Division. Services were held February 21 in Puerto Rico.

GOMEZ

Senior Police Officer Jorge A. Gomez passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the age of 48. He was survived by his wife, Maria Alejandra “Alex” Gomez. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 20, 1990, Academy Class No. 141. During his career in the Department, Senior Police Officer Gomez was assigned to the North Division, Northwest Division, Central Division, Homicide Division, Northeast Division, and to the Airport Division – IAH. Services were held February 20 in New Braunfels.

GOULD

Mrs. Mabelle M. Gould passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the age of 98. She is the grandmother of Lieutenant Tammy G. Deluke, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division; and grandmother-in-law of Lieutenant Joseph P. Deluke, assigned to the Airport Division – IAH.

Services were held March 4 in Dallas.

HESLIP

Mrs. Tracy Heslip passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017. She is the sister of Senior Police Service Officer Angelina A. Coleman-Egenti, assigned to the Southwest Division. Services were held February 11 with burial in Paradise Cemetery.

JACKSON

Mr. James Earl Jackson passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the age of 85. He is the father of Jailer Kevin Jackson, assigned to the Central Jail Division. Services were held March 11 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

 KIMBERLIN

Mrs. Sherry L. Kimberlin passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at the age of 52. She is the wife of retired Senior Police Officer Keith A. Swatzel, who retired on November 5, 2016. Services were held March 5.

MAJORS

Retired Police Officer Billy E. Majors passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife, Judith Majors. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1959, Academy Class No. 23. Officer Majors retired on April 21, 1980.

MATA

Mrs. Rosita Gutierrez Mata passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the age of 70. She is the mother of DWI Technician Mary C. Skelton, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held March 8 with burial in Santa Teresa and Morales Cemetery.

MAUGHMER

Mrs. Betty J. Maughmer passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. She worked for 10 years at the Houston Police Officers Union. Betty is the mother of Retired Senior Police Officer Jeannine Maughmer Miller; mother-in-law of Retired Sergeant Frank C. Miller; and grandmother of Police Officer Meghan J. Miller, assigned to the Southeast Division. Graveside services were held March 10 in Pearland.

McDONALD

Mr. Walter “Sonny” McDonald passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the age of 85. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Randall E. McDonald, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held March 13 with burial in Waller.

 SALDANA

Mrs. Lorenza Saldana passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at the age of 83. She is the grandmother of Sergeant Jennifer R. Saldana, assigned to the Southeast Division. Services were held March 11.

SMOLA

Retired Radio Operator 2 Thomas A. Smola passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the age of 77. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia A. Smola. He joined the Houston Police Department on January 14, 1974. During his career with the Houston Police Department he was assigned to the Communications Management Division, retiring on January 15, 1994. Services were held February 11 in Friendswood.

SoRELLE

Retired Sergeant Luther E. SoRelle passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the age of 75. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 26, 1968, Academy Class No. 39.  During his career with the Department, he was assigned to the Southeast Division and Central Division. Sergeant SoRelle retired on March 17, 1989. Services were held in Zavalla, Texas.

TAPIA

Mrs. Salustia Lopez Tapia passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the age of 71. She is the mother of Sergeant Javier Tapia, assigned to the Eastside Division. Services were held February 13 with burial in Grand View Memorial Park in Pasadena.

TRAN

Mr. Nhuong Tran passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the age of 74. He is the brother of Police Officer Peter Dung Tran, assigned to the Eastside Division. Services were held February 11.

TREPAGNIER

Senior Police Officer Lawrence J. Trepagnier passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the age of 63. He started his law enforcement career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department on January 5, 1978. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 14, 1978, Academy Class No. 83. During his career with the Houston Police Department, Senior Police Officer Trepagnier was assigned to the Central Division and he was assigned to the South Central Division for almost 31 years. Services were held February 17 in Texas City with burial in Dickinson.

WARTELL

Mrs. Earline B. Wartell passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Senior Police Service Officer Arva M. Choice, assigned to IAH Airport Division. Services were held February 28.

WELLS

Mrs. Marie Wells passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017, at the age of 91. She is the mother of Customer Service Clerk Emma J. Alexander, assigned to the Records Division. Services were held February 23 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

WILLIAMS, T.

Mr. Thomas C. Williams passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at the age of 61. He is the father of Police Officer Thomas R. Williams, assigned to the Northwest Division. Services were held February 22 in Weatherford.

WILLIAMS, W.

Mrs. Walterdell Williams passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the age of 86. She is the grandmother of Jail Attendant Panevau L. Norton, assigned to the Jail Division. Services were held February 27 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.