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.

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Larry Weir

Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Larry Weir #1517 passed away on September 20, 2021
Posted: 9/21/21


Paul Schmidt

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.
Posted: 8/30/21

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Mario Busalacchi

Retired SJFD Captain Mario Busalacchi passed away on August 22, 2021.  Mario retired on July 24, 2010.
Posted: 8/22/21

Clyde Henry

Retired SJFD Captain Clyde Henry passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Clyde retired from SJFD on March 3, 1994.
Posted: 8/22/21

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Gary Schceickert

Retired SJFD Firefighter Gary Schceickert passed away on Aug 6, 2021. He retired from SJFD on July 3, 1993.
Posted: 8/22/21

Bill Adams

Retired firefighter Bill Adams passed away on August 4, 2021. Bill retired on December 3, 1998. He was 77 when he passed.
Posted: 8/7/21
Wayne Chapp

Wayne Chapp

Retired San Jose fire engineer Wayne Chapp passed away on August 3, 2021. Wayne retired in March 2000. He was 78 when he passed.
Posted: 8/3/21


Juan Reyes

Retired San Jose police officer Juan Reyes #2649 passed away on July 28, 2021
Posted: 7/29/21


Randy Knapp

Retired San Jose Firefighter Randy Knapp passed away on January 29, 2021.
Posted: 7/20/21

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Jack Woodall

retired SJPD Lt. Jack Woodall passed away on July 14, 2021.
Posted: 7/15/21

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John Trussler

Retired SJPD Sergeant John Trussler passed away on July 1st, 2021.
Posted: 7/9/21


Steven Alvarado

Retired SJFD Division Chief Steve Alvarado passed away on July 2, 2021. Steve retired from SJFD in 2014.
Posted: 7/2/21


James Hart

Retired San Jose Police Officer James Hart passed away on June 22, 2021. James retired from SJPD on December 3, 1969.
Posted: 9/3/21

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Robert Browning

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.
Posted: 6/22/21

William "Bill" Hackett

William "Bill" Hackett

Retried SJFD Bill Hackett passed away on May 34, 2021.
Posted: 6/18/21


Bruce Staples

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.
Posted: 5/18/21


Jerry Mathis

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.
Posted: 5/12/21


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.
Posted: 5/5/21

Tom Perez

Tom Perez

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.
Posted: 4/26/21


Jason Woodall

Retired Sgt. Jason Woodall #2890 wass born on September 18, 1969, and passed away on April 26, 2021.
Posted: 5/6/21

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Fred Kingsley

SJPD Sgt. Fred Kingsley #1625 passed on April 12, 2021. Fred is survived by his wife, Shirley.
Posted: 4/12/21

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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.
Posted: 4/12/21

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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.
Posted: 4/06/21


Phillip J. Hada

Retired San Jose Police Sergeant Phillip J. Hada passed on January 24, 2021.  Phillip retired from SJPD on September 6, 1989.
Posted: 3/26/21


John Schaar

Retired San Jose Firefighter John Schaar passed on January 23, 2021. John retired from the SJFD in 1985.
Posted: 3/24/21

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.
Posted: 3/22/21


Douglas Biddle

Retired Fire Engineer Doug Biddle passed in March 2021. We do not have any further information at this time. We will notify you once any is made available.
Posted: 3/15/21

Gary Zobrosky

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.
Posted 3/8/21


Merrill Malvini

It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of retired San Jose Fire Captain Merrill Malvini. Merrill spent most of his career at Station 14 and was 90+ years old at his passing. Condolences can be sent to his son, Mike Malvini, at 218 Farley Drive, Aptos, CA 95003.
Posted 3/1/21
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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 MuseumCal Farley’s Boys Ranch or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Posted 2/15/21

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Greg Toscano

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.
Posted 2/9/21


Joe Vasta

Retired SJPOD Officer, Badge #1422; passed 1/23/2021.


George de la Rocha

Retired SJPD Officer, Badge #2052. Passed 1/22/2021.


Don Moore

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.