This page is dedicated to our retired San Jose Police Officers and Firefighters who passed this year.
Below are brief summaries of retirees who passed away this year. The information is provided by family and friends of those who passed. If you know of a retired San Jose police officer or firefighter who passed this year, but you do not see them listed below, please click here to send us an email and let us know.
Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Larry Weir #1517 passed away on September 20, 2021
Retired San Jose Police Officer and former Association Director, Paul Schmidt passed away on August 25, 2021. Paul graduated from SJSU and was a member of Chi Pi Sigma.
Retired SJFD Captain Mario Busalacchi passed away on August 22, 2021. Mario retired on July 24, 2010.
Retired SJFD Captain Clyde Henry passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Clyde retired from SJFD on March 3, 1994.
Retired San Jose fire engineer Wayne Chapp passed away on August 3, 2021. Wayne retired in March 2000. He was 78 when he passed.
Retired San Jose police officer Juan Reyes #2649 passed away on July 28, 2021
Retired San Jose Firefighter Randy Knapp passed away on January 29, 2021.
retired SJPD Lt. Jack Woodall passed away on July 14, 2021.
Retired SJPD Sergeant John Trussler passed away on July 1st, 2021.
Retired SJFD Division Chief Steve Alvarado passed away on July 2, 2021. Steve retired from SJFD in 2014.
Retired San Jose Police Officer James Hart passed away on June 22, 2021. James retired from SJPD on December 3, 1969.
Retired SJPD Sgt. Robert M. Browning #1205 passed away on June 19, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was living in Alpine, Utah.
William "Bill" Hackett
Retried SJFD Bill Hackett passed away on May 34, 2021.
Retired SJFD Chief Bruce Staples passed away on May 18, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Bruce was hired as a firefighter in 1970 and rose to the rank of Acting Fire Chief in 1999, serving in that position until April of 2000. He retired from SJFD in August 2000.
Retired SJFD Fire Engineer Jerry Mathis passed away on May 8, 2021. He retired from SJFD on April 6, 1988. He was 72 years old at his passing.
William “Bill” P. Hackett
Retired Firefighter William “Bill” P. Hacket passed away on May 2, 2021. He retired from SJFD on November 6, 1991. He is survived by his son Kirk and daughter Kelly.
Retired SJPD Lieutenant Tom Perez passed away on April 22, 2021. Tom worked multiple assignments during his career with the Department, including Patrol, Field Training, Narcotics, and Crime Prevention. After leaving the Department, Tom got his law degree and practiced law up until January 2021. Tom is survived by his wife, Estella, who also worked for the Department.
Retired Sgt. Jason Woodall #2890 wass born on September 18, 1969, and passed away on April 26, 2021.
SJPD Sgt. Fred Kingsley #1625 passed on April 12, 2021. Fred is survived by his wife, Shirley.
Truman “Bud” Boman
We were recently informed of the passing of retired SJPD Officer Truman “Bud” Boman. Bud retired on June 26, 2010, and passed on December 20, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Boman. Prior to his SJPD service, Bud served approximately 20 years in the U.S. military.
Gerald Van Horn
Retired San Jose Firefighter Gerald Van Horn passed away in April 2021. Gerald retired in November 2000. He is survived by his wife Joanna Van Horn.
Phillip J. Hada
Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Phillip J. Hada passed on January 24, 2021. Phillip retired from SJPD on September 6, 1989.
Charles “Chuck” Farrow
Retired San Jose police officer Charles “Chuck” Farrow passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. He was living in Land O’Lakes, Florida, and is survived by his sister Bonnie.
It is with deep sadness to inform you of the passing of retired Fire Engineer Gary Zobrosky. Gary is survived by his wife Judy who told the Association that Gary truly loved the Fire Department and those that he served with.
Richard "Dick" Wattenbarger
Retired SJFD Deputy Chief Richard “Dick” Wattenbarger passed on February 15, 2021. Dick is survived by his wife Sue. Chief Wattenbarger retired from SJFD in 1991. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make donations in the name of Dick Wattenbarger can make them to the following organizations: San Jose Fire Museum, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
SJFD Engineer Greg Toscano passed away on February 9, 2021, following a long bout with Parkinson’s. Greg was hired on September 15, 1980, and retired on November 15, 2008. Greg is survived by his son David Toscano, Grandchild Zelda, and his seven siblings.
Retired SJPOD Officer, Badge #1422; passed 1/23/2021.
George de la Rocha
Retired SJPD Officer, Badge #2052. Passed 1/22/2021.
Retired SJPD Sergeant, Badge #2235; passed 1/22/2021.
Former Assoc. President Raymond "Jay" Wendling
Former Association President and Vice President, Raymond “Jay” Wendling passed away on January 8, 2021. A retired police officer, Jay served as Association President and Vice President during some of this organization’s difficult political battles. Click here to read more.