Larry Dever, the four-term Republican sheriff of Cochise County gained national prominence in the debate over illegal-immigration enforcement and was one of Arizona's four border sheriffs who asked to legally defend SB1070.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; six sons; and 11 grandchildren.
The Dever family has requested that no calls be made to them at their personal residence. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will relay all messages to the family directly.
Larry Dever's mother had just passed away this past Friday after a short battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Dever family.