Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever died Tuesday night near Williams in Northern Arizona while on a family hunting trip.
Dever was alone and driving his truck on a well-traveled dirt road about two miles north of White Horse Lake when he apparently lost control of the truck, going off the road and rolling at least once.
According to this report in the Arizona Daily Star, Dever had been with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office for 34 years, with the first 20 years spent as deputy, sergeant and major. After being elected for the first time in 1996, the Republican sheriff served four terms. He was up for re-election this November, running unopposed.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; six sons; and 11 grandchildren.
October 5, 2012:
It was reported today that preliminary toxicology results indicate that Sheriff Dever was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the rollover that took his life in northern Arizona.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office reporting results from the Office of the County Medical Examiner said Dever had a blood-alcohol level “associated with impairment.”