January

ALCANTAR

Mr. Elpidio Damian Alcantar, Jr. passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, at the age of 42. He is the brother of Sergeant Carlos F. Alcantar, assigned to the Eastside Division.

ARANZETA

Mr. Eugenio “Albert” Aranzeta passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the age of 67. He is the father of Police Officer Eugenio A. Aranzeta, assigned to the Narcotics Division, Sergeant Santo D. Aranzeta, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division, and Senior Police Officer Ernest J. Aranzeta, assigned to the Downtown Division; he is also the uncle of Commander Patricia Y. Cantu of the Air Support Division and of Sergeant Raul J. Cantu, assigned to the Office of Planning & Data Governance. Services were held December 5 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

BATES

Mrs. Kathleen Frances Bates passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at the age of 74. She is the mother of Senior Police Officer Michael E. Bates, assigned to the Special Operations Division. Services were held December 12 in Aledo, Texas.

BENJAMIN

Mr. Kenneth Andre Benjamin Sr. passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the age of 53. He is the father of Police Officer Ashley N. Benjamin, assigned to the Southeast Division.

A graveside service was held in Houston Memorial Gardens on December 5.

BLAZEK

Dr. Henry E. “Buckie” Blazek III passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at the age of 82. He is the father of Sergeant Scott W. Blazek, assigned to the Major Offenders Division. Services were planned to take place in Bryan.

BRUMLEY

Retired Police Officer Kenneth R. Brumley passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the age of 79. He is preceded in death by his wife, Retired Senior Clerk Mary “Sally” Brumley. He joined the Houston Police Department on December 28, 1962, Academy Class No. 27. As an officer, he was assigned to the Central, Emergency Communications, Personnel, and Employment Services Divisions. He retired as a police officer on September 4, 1990. Kenneth Brumley re-joined the department on September 5, 1990, as a Personnel Assistant. During this period, he was assigned to Employment Services Division, Civilian Employment, and Records Division. Brumley retired as a Human Resources Specialist on January 1, 2005. Graveside services were held December 23 in Spearman, Texas.

CARROZ

Mrs. Carla Carroz passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the age of 48. She is the mother of Police Officer Javier A. Carruyo, assigned to the Northwest Division. Private services were held on December 5.

EDWARDS

Mr. Randolph Edwards, Jr. passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at the age of 70. He is the father of Senior Community Liaison Deneeco R. Young, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held December 1 in Tulsa.

FISH

Retired Sergeant Wilton J. Fish passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at the age of 90. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 16, 1957, Academy Class No. 17. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Accident, Traffic Point Control, Dispatchers, and Special Operations Divisions. Sergeant Fish retired on February 5, 1983.

FURSTENFELD

Retired Senior Police Officer Daniel D. Furstenfeld passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the age of 68. His wife, Roanne Furstenfeld survives him; he is also the brother of Retired Sergeant Matthew R. Furstenfeld, who retired on March 11, 2017. Senior Police Officer Daniel Furstenfeld joined the Houston Police Department on April 1, 1974, Academy Class No.64. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Emergency Communications, and Narcotics Divisions, retiring on March 22, 2008. Private services were held December 5.

GOULD

Mr. William Harold Gould passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020, at the age of 78. He is the father of Lieutenant Tammy G. Deluke, assigned to the North Belt Division and the father-in-law of retired Lieutenant Joseph P. Deluke who was last assigned to the Airport Division – IAH until his retirement on March 25, 2017.

HANNA

Retired Lieutenant Mart C. Hanna passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Patricia A. Hanna. He joined the Houston Police Department on June 9, 1975, Academy Class No. 70. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Southeast, Vice, Central, Records, Southwest, Major Offenders, Auto Theft, Robbery, and Burglary & Theft Divisions. Lieutenant Hanna retired on September 25, 2003.

HENRY

Mr. Tom Henry, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the age of 79. He is the father of Retired Senior Office Assistant Dormetra A. Henry, who retired on October 1, 2020. Services were held December 11 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.

HERNANDEZ

Mr. Isidor Hernandez passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at the age of 95. He is the father of Mobility Service Officer Daniel Hernandez, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division. Services were held December 29 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

LEIJA

Retired Senior Police Officer Mark Leija passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the age of 58. He is survived by his wife Christine Alcaraz Leija. He joined the Houston Police Department on March 13, 1986, Academy Class No. 134. During his tenure with the department he was assigned to the Southeast, Jail, Westside, and Central Divisions. Senior Police Officer Leija retired on February 11, 2017. Services were held December 21 with burial in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

LEWIS

Retired Police Officer Alfred B. Lewis passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at the age of 92. He is a United States Navy Veteran. He is the father of Retired Senior Police Officer Debra L. Gryder, who retired on May 13, 2004; father-in-law of Senior Police Officer Gary A. Gryder, who was Killed in the Line of Duty on June 29, 2008; and grandfather of Police Officer Austin A. Gryder, assigned to the Northwest Division. Officer Lewis joined the Houston Police Department on November 16, 1950, Academy Class No. 6. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Traffic Enforcement, and Northwest Divisions. Police Officer Lewis retired on March 2, 1981. A private graveside service was held on December 7.

LOAFMAN

Mr. Gary Allen Loafman passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the age of 69. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Jeffrey L. Michael, assigned to the Tactical Operations Division and grandfather of Police Officer Devin J. Michael, assigned to the North Belt Division. Services were held December 29 with burial in Houston National Cemetery.

MATA

Ms. Rosa N. Saldana Mata passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, at the age of 57. She is the mother of Police Officer Yara M. Rogoff, assigned to the Special Victims Division. Services were held December 26.

NASH

Mr. Fred Lee Nash passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the age of 83. He is the grandfather of Counselor Oscar M. Lee II, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command. Services were held December 12 in Alexandria, Louisiana.

NGUYEN

Mrs. Tuyet T. Nguyen passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the age of 96. She is the grandmother of Commander Hong-Le H. Conn of the Special Victims Division. Services were held December 19.

PRESTON

Mr. Robert L. Preston passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at the age of 87. He is the father of Sergeant Harold L. Preston, who was killed in the Line of Duty on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Services were held December 18.

SHILLING

Mr. William K. Shilling II passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the age of 70. He is the father of Sergeant Jason A. Shilling, assigned to the Airport IAH Division; uncle of Senior Police Officer Susanne M. Jeffrey, assigned to the Internal Affairs Division; and uncle-in-law of Senior Police Officer William J. Jeffrey, assigned to the Major Offenders Division. Services were held December 11 in Cleveland.

WELCH

Mrs. Mary E. Welch passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at the age of 86. She is the widow of Retired Police Officer James E. Welch, who passed away on January 8, 1993.

WILLIAMS

Human Resources Specialist Tamico A. Williams assigned to the Employee Services Division passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at the age of 32.  Ms. Williams joined the Houston Police Department on September 8, 2015. Services were held December. Burial was in Paradise Cemetery North.

WRIGHT

Ms. Jewel Wright passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the age of 68. She is the mother of Police Officer Jimmy James, assigned to the Burglary & Theft Division. Services were held December 29 with burial in Paradise Cemetery North.

WUSTERHAUSEN

Ms. Erin Renee Draemer Wusterhausen passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020, at the age of 34. She is the daughter of Lieutenant Glenn Riddle, assigned to the Major Offenders Division. Services were held December 5 with burial in Rosenburg.