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Passing of retired Chief of Police Robert K. Feemster
August 30, 2017
BLYTHE, Calif – It is with extreme sadness the Blythe Police Department announces the passing of retired Chief of Police Robert K. Feemster. Chief Feemster began his law enforcement career in Blythe on September 18, 1961. He quickly rose through the ranks, promoting to Sergeant in 1965, then Warrant Officer, Lieutenant, and eventually Chief of Police in January 1986. Chief Feemster retired on December 31, 1992 from Blythe Police Department after 31 years of service.
Chief Feemster worked all assignments within the police department but truly excelled in Supervising the Detective bureau and major investigations, and was instrumental in solving many high profile homicides in the 1970s and 80s.
Chief Jeff Wade received word of Feemster’s passing during a City Council Study session on August 15. At the close of the meeting Wade publicly announced that Feemster had died earlier that day.
Chief Feemster and his wife Doris had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and were living in Northern Arizona.
Chief Feemster is survived by his wife, Doris, son, Michael of Phoenix, Arizona, daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Jim Rayner of Ehrenberg, Arizona, daughter-in-law, Jewell Feemster of Millington, TN. Granddaughters, Raquel Taylor, Alexa Salazar, Nicole Salazar and grandson, Kenneth Feemster ll. Sister and brother-in-law, Darlene and Maurice Allen of Austin Texas and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chrystene and Charles Feemster and his beloved son, Kenneth Feemster.
Chief Wade is the last employee at the police department who worked during Chief Feemster’s period in office. Chief Wade remembered Feemster as “being firm, but fair,” and also called him a “cop’s cop.” Wade explained that was one of the greatest compliments given a police officer, inferring they are highly respected by their peers and the community.
Chief Feemster was not a fan of funerals or memorial services and did not want either upon his death. His family is honoring those wishes. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 23 at 12 noon at the American Legion.
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