Larry Foy Chevalier departed this life on March 5, 2007. He is preceded in death by his wife, Darla Sue Teddie and parents Thomas Foy Chevalier and Geneva Virtell Ward.
Larry was born in Gilmer, Tx. Sept. 8, 1937 and grew up in Freeport, Tx., where he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a medic in the 11th Airborne Division of the Paratroopers. He met and married Darla when they were both attending Sam Houston State College. He was a Prison Guarg at the Brazoria County Prison and later served as a Detective Sergeant in both the Freeport, Tx. and Vernal, Ut. Police Departments. He graduated from the Utah State Police Academy in Salt Lake City, Ut. in 1976 and became a licensed Private Investigator that same year.
Larry moved his family to Alaska in 1980, where he was Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police to five bush villages in the Aleutians, Interior, Arctic Circle and Southeast. In Nov. 1995, when his health became bad, he hung up his badge and gun, after serving under thirteen different badges.
After giving up his passion for Law Enforcement, he decided to write about it. With the help of Darla, he started a book. After Darla’s death in 2002, and great effort on his part, “One Bridge Alone – Tales of an Alaskan Bush Cop” was published in 2004. At the time of his death he had two other books he was working on.
Larry was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a faithful husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his faithful caregiver and friend, his son, Larry Thomas Chevalier of Ketchikan, Ark., also his daughter, Sharon Lynn Fraley and husband John Fraley, two grandchildren, Samantha and Larry Kuzakin, and sisters, Gail Chevalier, Ruth Mashaw and husband, Sam Mashaw of Farmerville.
Memorial services were held March 8 in Ketchikan, Ark. Larry was laid to rest beside Darla, his eternal companion, in Pioneer Cemetary, Palmer, Ark. on March 16, 2007.