Cochise County loses dedicated sheriff

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

WILLIAMS, Ariz. -- On a lonely mountain road in the high country of northern Arizona, the life of a legendary southern Arizona lawman came to an end Tuesday night.

Sixty-year-old Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was killed when his pickup truck rolled over on an unpaved forest road near the town of Williams.

Dever was reportedly in the area at the time meeting up with one of his six sons for a hunting trip.

Dever, who has been a law officer in Cochise County for well over three decades, gained national attention in the last several years as Arizona took center stage in the fiery debate over border security and immigration policy.

Dever is remembered by those who knew him as a stand-up, straight-talking man of few words and great integrity.

Dever leaves behind his beloved wife Nancy, six sons and 11 grandchildren. Three of the couple's children are law officers. One son is a firefighter, one is in college and the oldest is in the military and was scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan Wednesday.

Dever's 86-year-old mother died earlier this week. Her funeral is planned for this weekend.