Charles "Corky" Weaver, son of the late Solomon Arthur Weaver and Susan Lucile Hime, was born on Aug. 3, 1930 in Little Sioux, Iowa. His early years were spent in Cedar City, Mo., working on the family farm. He moved to California with his parents and graduated Lindsey High School in 1948.
In 1954 he completed the Police Academy in Kansas City and moved back to California to join the Sheriff’s department, working as a detective on homicide, narcotics and arson cases. In 1969 he was appointed Tulare County’s first full-time sheriff’s investigator for the Public Defender's office, later becoming the Woodlake Police sergeant in 1972.
He maintained an exemplary record of service throughout his career and was admired and respected by both colleagues and the community he protected. In his 1970 performance report, the district attorney commented that he was "motivated by the highest ethical and professional standards" and his ability to get along with others is "remarkably superior." It is not an exaggeration to state that everyone (except the criminals he pursued) truly loved Corky.
On Sept. 30, 1965, he married the love of his life, LaVonda "Jean" Quigley. With that marriage he became a devoted father to four girls, Sandy, Diana, Deborah and Pamela. A testament to his character, Corky spent hours in the hospital when Diana was severely ill or Pamela had one of her many asthma attacks. He had a lot of patience, which came in handy when the girls entered their teenage years. He was a stern but loving disciplinarian. One couldn’t have asked for a better father.
After leaving police work, he worked at Hannah’s Trucking for 16 years. Corky and his wife, Jean, retired to Tehachapi in 1992, residing there until his passing on Jan. 16, 2018. He was well known for his love of animals and had a truly special talent of communicating with them, a gift attributed to someone with a pure soul.
He was a skilled woodworker and spent hours crafting handmade toys for his grandchildren, including a bookcase with a secret money holder so his grandson Max could hide his money from his sister Kristin. He also spent time at the Loop ranch in Hart Flat, rounding up cattle and branding the new spring calves. He loved his family more than anything, and spending time with them was what he cherished most.
He was defined by a life of public service, love of his wife and children, a witty sense of humor, and an uncanny ability to communicate with animals. He was truly one of a kind, was loved by all who met him and will be terribly missed by those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy Hyder, and his brothers Jimmy and Ronnie. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Weaver; his daughters, Diana Triplett, Deborah Glynn, and Pamela Juette; his grandchildren, Melissa Flores, Christopher Glynn, Jennifer Ward, Kristin Juette, Max Juette, and Betsy Juette; and his great-grandchildren Nicole Ward, Austin Ward, Ethan Glynn, Taylor Flores and Blake Flores.
Services will be held Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel, 11720 Avenue 264 in Visalia.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” - John 14:27