May 3, 2013
Larry Dale Candelari “Cande”, 49 , born in Houston, Texas on October 15, 1963, reported for duty in Heaven on April 26, 2013. He was on the job until the end. Larry was a resident of Beach City, Texas. He was killed while serving as a First Responder after witnessing a major, multi-vehicle car accident outside Kerrville, Texas.
Larry leaves behind his high school sweet heart and wife of 28 years, Julie. He also leaves his son, Seth Candelari, daughter-in-law, Dana Garcia Candelari; granddaughter, Tatum Candelari, son , Alec Candelari; brothers , Enrico “Ricky” Candelari, James “J.J.” Candelari, half-brother ,Buddy Casper; half-sister, Connie Casper; Father and Mother in law, Allen and Nancy Thomas; and sister in law, Natalie Thomas Hoelzer, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins and friends too many to count.
He was preceded in death by mother, Roma Greenwood Candelari , and father Henry Candelari.
Larry graduated from North Shore High School then went on to serve his country proudly for 5 yrs in the United States Marine Corp. While a marine, Larry completed jump school along with special forces combat diving course. Larry was a decorated Marine with many honors.
He joined the Pasadena Police Department in 1990 and served for 24 years. During his time with the department, his assignments included Patrol, Narcotics, and Dare. Larry was a member of the Pasadena Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics “S.W.A.T.” for 22 of those years. Larry was a “policeman’s policeman” and received numerous awards and accommodations and was beloved by his fellow officers.
Larry took a leave of absence from the Pasadena Police department for a time to work with a private security company in Iraq where he served as a trainer, and provided security for numerous dignitaries.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 6:00 pm til 8:00 in the evening, at the First Baptist Church at 7500 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena, Texas. A Celebration of Officer Candelari’s life will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning., at the First Baptist Church Pasadena, Texas, under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Home.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be SWAT Officer’s from the Pasadena, La Porte and Baytown police departments as well as the United States Marine Corp.
April 29, 2013
PASADENA - Visitation for Pasadena Police Officer Larry Dale Candelari who died Friday in a wreck near Kerrville, will be Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6pm-8pm at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Parkway, corner of Red Bluff, in Pasadena, Texas.
Funeral services will be the following morning at 10:00am, also at First Baptist Church of Pasadena.
You may follow this link to leave a memorial message on the website of Rosewood Funeral Home:
April 28, 2013
HUMBLE - A procession of dozens of police squad cars escorted the body of 49-year-old Officer Larry Candelari back home Saturday night.
Officer Candelari's body was delivered to the Rosewood Funeral Home in Porter.
He and Officer Mike Huffman were traveling on Interstate 10 in Kerrville early Saturday morning when they stopped to help some fellow drivers on the shoulder. An 18-wheeler swerved to avoid the scene but ended up running into the group. Pasadena police say Candelari was killed. Huffman, who is in a hospital in San Antonio, lost a leg.
Canderlari was a seasoned veteran of the department who worked at the police academy.
April 28, 2013
GALVESTON - Pasadena Police Officers Larry Candaleri and Mike Huffman involved in a highway wreck near Kerrville Friday night, are being remembered by friends, in and out of law enforcment in Galveston today.
"I met Candaleri about 18 years ago on the Torch Run and we started hanging out together", Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said in an interview with The Police News Sunday.
"Then when I started tactical and SWAT training as a police officer I would go to Pasadena and I met Huffman through Candaleri because they were buddies.
"When I was a SWAT Team Leader those guys did just a phenomenal amount of work with us, and for us. They even brought their entire SWAT Team to Galveston to help us when we were training for ferry operations.
"Pasadena Police have world class training. They go to some of the best schools in the world. It's hard to get to train with departments like Houston and Pasadena, but these guys were always willing to help. They were just solid guys."
Now as Galveston's Police Chief, Porretto is often called on by other cities to be on a panel of police chiefs who screen applicants for the chief's position in those cities. As a member of such a panel just last week, in a neighboring city, Porretto cited Mike Huffman as an example of what he believes a police chief should be like.
"To say these guys are legends is fitting," Porretto said.
Larry Candelari had many ties to Galveston, not only in police circles but in the communities as well. The Candelari family has had a home in the West Island community of Sea Isle for many years.
A Jamaica Beach resident recalled to The Police News how he once helped him through a situation in Pasadena. Rick Wilmeth, now retired, went to his job one morning at AES Electric Plant in Pasadena. Licensed to carry a firearm, Wilmeth's pistol was seized at the plant gate and was not returned to him when he left for the day. Several days later he got a call from Officer Larry Candaleri, "I've got your pistol over here. If you'll come over to Pasadena I'll give it back to you," he told Wilmeth.
That happened in 2007 and it's still fresh in Wilmeth's mind. "He didn't have to do that. He was really a nice guy and I'm so sorry to hear of his death. Our prayers are with his family," he said.
Huffman continues to recover in a Houston Hospital while the family of Larry Candelari make final arrangements which will be announced by the Pasadena Police Department and posted on this website.
April 28, 2013
Cash donations may be made at Amegy Bank to Mike Huffman or Larry Candelari or by mail to:
P.O. Box 766
Pasadena TX 77501
Pasadena Citizen’s Police Academy
Assist the Officer Fund
Wells Fargo Account #48235
Blood Donations can be made at Gulf Coast Blood Center in the name of Mike Huffman.
April 27, 2013
KERRVILLE, TX -- Pasadena Police Officer Larry Dale Candelari, 49, was killed and Officer Michael Ray Huffman, 49, lost his leg in an accident last night in Kerrville.
It happened just before midnight on Interstate 10 eastbound near mile marker 492 in Gillespie County, northwest of San Antonio.
Officials said the Pasadena officers were heading on a hunting trip when they stopped on the side of the road to help some stranded motorists.
According to Vance Mitchell, a spokesperson for the Pasadena Police Department, a trailer had come unhitched from another vehicle. Several cars were pulled over with the trailer trying to get it reconnected, and the officers stopped to help, pulling in front of the trailer and other cars.
An 18-wheeler was driving by and swerved to avoid something in the roadway, investigators said. The driver overcorrected and drove into the vehicles on the side of the road.
Officer Candelari died at the scene and Officer Huffman was taken by Life Flight to a hospital in San Antonio. The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling this investigation.
It's unclear how many others were injured, but DPS officials said there were no other fatalities.