Several guest speakers from within Cochise County and around the country, including Arizona U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, will speak at a public memorial service for the late Sheriff Larry Dever on Wednesday.

Dever died following a single-vehicle accident on a dirt road north of White Horse Lake, southwest of Flagstaff, on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The service is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Buena High School following a guided procession of Dever’s family by Cochise County sheriff’s personnel from the Benson area.

The procession will leave the Benson area at about 3 p.m. and travel south on Highway 90 until reaching Sierra Vista, where it will turn east on the Highway 90 Bypass, continuing onto Charleston Road and Giulio Cesare Avenue.

Attendees are asked to access the school parking via Fighting Colt Drive. The east entrance to the school facing the student parking lot will be the only access into the building, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Other speakers at the memorial will be Dever’s son, Brendon Dever, Chief Deputy Rod Rothrock, Sierra Vista Police Chief Ken Kimmel, and Sierra Vista Fire Chief Randy Redmond.

Sierra Vista police will be conducting traffic control throughout the event.

Larry Dever memorial service:


Sen. Jon Kyl

Rod Rothrock, chief deputy of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office

Ken Kimmel, Sierra Vista police chief

Randy Redmond, Sierra Vista fire chief

Harold Eavenson, sheriff of Rockwall County, Texas

Aaron Kennard, executive director, National Sheriff’s Association

Ralph Ogdon, sheriff of Yuma County

Todd Garrison, of the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Coalition and sheriff of Dona Ana County, N.M.

Brendon Dever, son of Larry Dever.

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