John T. Hobbs
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Hobbs, John T.
The greater Phoenix community mourns the loss of Detective John T. Hobbs who was slain in the line of duty on March 3, 2014. John grew up in the Valley and graduated in 1988 from Apollo High School. He faithfully and proudly served this community for the past 21 years on the Phoenix Police Department. It's impossible to sum up all of the incredible accomplishments he achieved in his life, but John's greatest is the family he leaves behind. John, 43, is survived by Cathy, his beloved wife of 11 years, and their three young children, Mason, Christian and Cecelia. John is also survived by his sister Regina Jones, her husband Adrian, and their children, Chloe, Aidan and Atticus of Las Vegas, NV. Other survivors include John's extended family of in-laws, relatives, friends and acquaintances. John is predeceased by his parents, Donald and Chung Sook Hobbs. The Visitation will be from 5-7 PM, Sunday, March, 9, 2014 at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise. The Funeral Service will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, March 10, 2014 at Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd., Peoria, with Honors and Interment at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Rd., Phoenix. Please visit John's online registry, (623) 546-8002.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014.
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March 5, 2016
Forever in our hearts and in our prayers!
Prayers and love to the family
November 23, 2015
I was a casual acquaintance of Johns. We'd see each other at gun shows and talk once or twice a month. I moved from Phoenix in 2010 and we had corresponded casually, but not for a while. I just googled him to see what he was up to and stunned to read of his passing. I'll hold his family in my prayers. RIP John.
Steve Jensen
April 29, 2014
I never met John. But people like him stop evil. We sleep and live our lives because of people like you. God bless
April 13, 2014
We love our policemen and when we lose one, there is a hole in our heart. God bless Mr Hobbs family.
Joel OConnell
March 31, 2014
Our deepest sympathies to all who loved John Hobbs. He will obviously be greatly missed. May the God who gives Peace help us all through these difficult times.
March 26, 2014
Cathy, I am incredibly sorry for you and your family's loss. I remember our first days at ABCS when we visited and spoke of your love of John. I have been and will continue to pray for you all. God is the only one who can bring comfort. John was a force for good and we all will miss his protection.
On my knees,
Tammy Mitchell
March 25, 2014
Goodbye to the ultimate warrior..

No more the bugle calls the weary one
Son, your work on earth is done
I will know you among the good and true
when a robe of white we are given
For our faded coats of blue

Goodbye John, you are now home....
Ret.PPD Sgt. Bill Rice
March 21, 2014
there are not enough words to say thank you to you and your family and to all the men and women in uniform(police /fire / and military) and the familys who " suit up and show up" every day to stand in the gap between us and a world of evil. We keep you in our hearts, we greive with you and pray for you and your familys.You are our heros!!
Sharon Perkins
March 17, 2014
That was the day our 3rd grandson, Ethan Nicholas was born so I will always remember this day. Our heartfelt prayers go to his family and fellow officers. God bless you for all your hard work and dedication to keeping our state safe. Please comfort his wife and children during this most difficult time.
March 14, 2014
My prayers go out to the Detective John Hobbs family. I was so sadden to hear of this. May God bless you and comfort you during this time.
Skip Stephenson
March 14, 2014
Bishton Family
March 12, 2014
Our hearts go out to the family of Detective Hobbs.
March 12, 2014
I send my condolences to the friends, family and coworkers of Detective John Hobbs. I was in Phoenix on vacation on the day of the tragedy and was saddened to hear of the death of this man who has been described as a wonderful person and an every day hero. The outpouring of sympathy and affection that I witnessed as a result of this tragedy is very touching.
Marion Beckwith
March 11, 2014
March 11, 2014
My deepest condolences, my utmost sympathies pour out to Detective John Hobbs Family! You are now with our King! My heart and prayers are with you all! Praying for the safety of all Officers everywhere! Thank you for your bravery and your service! Father God, please help this precious family cope. My absolute utmost respect to you all! Your sacrifices are absolute!
Nichole Fitts
March 11, 2014
Mrs. Hobbs and family, we are praying for you. With my heart heavy, I am encouraged to hear that you and your family are fellow Christians. There is hope in that alone during this hard time. I pray that God speed his love and peace to you, your babies and your home. We ask that God surround you in this hard time and remind you that as a believe you will see your husband, father and friend again in Heaven. He waits for you up there. I am proud to have had someone like your husband protecting us during his everyday life. The bravery is amazing and we sincerely appreciated it so much. God speed your love, your peace, and all that they need in this JESUS name. Amen Sincerely the Trimble Family
Amy Trimble
March 11, 2014
May God watch over and comfort Johns wife and children. Rest easy Detective.
March 11, 2014
My family and I might have never met him, but we thank him for helping to keep us safe. To his family, he was a true hero. He did a job many would be too scared to do so. He did that job to keep Arizona safe. Thank you seems like such small words to say. May you all find comfort in knowing what a hero he is to our state. God Bless you all.

The Ellis Family
(Cindy, Jon, & Kaylee)
Cindy Ellis
March 11, 2014
I extend my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mr. Hobbs' family, friends and his dedicated fellow officers. May he rest in peace and may God Bless him and give you all
strength to carry on. I read about this
tragedy on-line and felt compelled to
reach out. I have the utmost respect
for our law enforcement officers in the
U.S. and appreciate the risks and
dangers they undertake to protect us
all. Thank you so much for your sacrifices and what you do for us each day all over this country. We are forever grateful and you are forever in our hearts and minds. You are the real heroes. My thoughts and prayers to you all.
Nancy Guerra
March 10, 2014
RIP Phoenix Detective John Hobbs. Thank you for your service.You gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our community.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone,
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories.
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
the Chain will link again.

March 10, 2014
may god bless you and your family.thank you for the many years of service.
christy hawkins
March 10, 2014
God bless and keep his arms around you and your family.
Mitch and Donna Griffith
March 10, 2014
My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his wife and children. Prayers for you Mr. Hobbs may you rest in peace.
Yolanda Cazares
March 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hobbs family! May you always find comfort in your memories!! Thank you Detective for your service ... God bless your family!
March 10, 2014
May you rest easy Detective Hobbs. As I viewed the ceremony, honoring your life today, I was truly touched and inspired by how many lives you have touched. Thank you for your service and your heroic sacrifice to this world. God Bless your loved ones and Brothers in Blue.
Debbie Kenyon
March 10, 2014
We thank God for John Hobbs - for his protecting us and for dedicating his life to us. May you find peace in knowing he was a true hero to all that live in Phoenix as well as this state.
March 10, 2014
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Officer John T. Hobbs. Thank you Officer Hobbs for your service and protection.
A/MJ Hamilton
March 10, 2014
To The Hobbs Family!

John is a hero to me and the community and while I never knew John I feel like I knew him. He embodied all that is good with those that protect us every day and he did not deserve this untimely passing. With many friends on the Phoenix Police Department I worry about all of them everyday. My only wish is that John Hobbs be remembered for all the good things he did in life not only for his family but for all those lives he touched during his short time on earth. Godspeed John Hobbs you will be missed and always loved by all.
Rick Thompson
March 10, 2014
Officer Hobbs Family
My heart and prayers go out to you all.
You have a Speical Angel protecting you all now your Angel will be shinning bright among the stars !!!
Michelle Cantelme
March 10, 2014
my heart and prayers go out to officer John Hobbs family and friends and to the Phoenix PD
March 10, 2014
May God's peace be with Officer Hobb's Wife and Children and the blessings of wonderful memories always remain with them and give them comfort.

firefighter, Maplewood, mn
March 10, 2014
Your sacrifices & commitment will never be forgotten. God speed Mr Hobbs. Goodnite sir
March 10, 2014
rest in peace, Thank You for your service, our hearts are sadden by your death and family that is left behind, be with the lord and eternal Joy. Thank You
adiela pineda
March 10, 2014
Godspeed Officer, you will always be in the hearts of your Family & friends. Your humor & wit will be sorely missed.
March 10, 2014
We send much love and light to Ofr. Hobbs' family and the Phoenix PD.
Pam Swanstrom
March 10, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer John Hobbs family , friends and co-workers. I know this will be very difficult to handle but with each others support and support from families and friends, all of you will make it through this rough time.
Beth Green
March 10, 2014
May the Good Lord give the entire Hobbs' family strength and comfort! May his children know he was a true HERO!
Maureen Bell
March 9, 2014
Paying for the hobbs family praying for those that morn this loss
March 9, 2014
My family would like to send our love and prayers to you all. We never knew Officer Hobbs, but we do know that his service to the community is, and always will be remembered and appreciated. May God bless you in this heartbreaking and difficult time. We pray that you are able to find comfort and solace knowing that John truly has made a difference.
Anne and Matt Roberson
March 9, 2014
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15:13)

Rest in Peace, Det. Hobbs, my heart is sadden by your death and the family you left behind. Be with God and in eternal Joy and THANK YOU for your courage and your protection.
Dianne, Joe Cerkvenik
March 9, 2014
John and I went to high school together. The last time we saw each other was longer than his time on Phoenix P.D. It is nice to read that he had as much affect on people as my memory serves from our time in HS. I wish the Hobbs family a healthy road to recovery. RIP my friend.
Richard Wehbe
March 8, 2014
Rest in peace John. Thank you for serving and protecting. May your family find peace.

Former elementary and highschool classmate
Sherry Vannatta Comella
March 8, 2014
May the Hobbs Family find comfort during this difficult time. Luke 1:78
March 7, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. May the family find peace in knowing he is at peace. God bless you!
Marilyn Battle
March 7, 2014
Stay strong hobbs family. John hobbs will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
margarita camacho
March 7, 2014
Hold tight to memories of John for comfort, lean on your friends and the entire legion of officers standing beside you for strength, and always remember how much you and your entire family are cared about.
Barbara Nicloy
March 7, 2014
My heart goes out to you and your loved ones, I keep you and your family in my prayers. You and your fellow officers put your lives on the line everyday in order to keep the rest of us safe and I am truly thankful to all of you. May God bless and keep you safe. Thank you. Richard L. Barker
Richard Barker
March 7, 2014
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service and for being a hero that only few strive in life to be. You helped to keep our streets and community a lot safer in your 21 years and for that the community is forever in your debt. May God bless you, your family and your brothers and sisters in law enforcement. The ultimate sacrifice you made on behalf of the citizens of Phoenix will never go unappreciated or forgotten. With my deepest condolences to the Hobbs family, John's friends and the members of Phoenix Police Department.
Patti Miller
March 7, 2014
Our sincere condolences to you, the Hobbs family. I am a retired sergeant with the Pinal County Sheriffs Office in Winkelman Az. May God ease your suffering and bring you everlasting peace Love in Christ. Don and Pastor Kay Klimczak.
Donald Klimczak
March 7, 2014
As the wife & mother of lpolice officers, my mind and heart are filled with compassion for the entire Hobb's family and His friends and co-workers. I pray that you find some peace by dwelling in the shadow of God's sheltering wings.
Kay Klimczak
March 7, 2014
I pray God receives you into His loving arms and enfolds, comforts, and protects your family left without you.
John VanDivier
March 7, 2014
Detective Hobbs thank you for the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our community. To his family I am so very sorry for your loss. You now have a super hero angel watching over you. Although he isn't physically present he lives on in your children and your memories. To the Phoenix Police Officers who lost their brother, I am so sorry for your loss.
March 7, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this hero. May he wrap you in his loving arms and give you comfort knowing that your loved one is looking down and keeping you safe.
The Dingley Family
March 7, 2014
Just an ARFcom brother from Texas here. Prayers for your family. May Jesus guide you from here brother.
March 7, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You truely are a hero. Thank you for your service. RIP Officer John Hobbs
Angie & Louie Serna
March 7, 2014
We are very sorry to hear of this tragic and untimely death of Detective John Hobbs. Are thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the brave officers of the Phoenix Police Department who remain. We wish them comfort and healing in this loss.
Bob and Dorothy Segerstrom
March 7, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Jack Joseph Goshkarian
March 7, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God comfort you in this difficult time. Thank you for protecting our community.
Renee and David Gonzalez
March 7, 2014
Sharing your sorrow in the loss of one so dear. My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family.
Gerry Green
March 7, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. His light may have gone out here on earth. It will burn forever bright in heaven.
Susie Lugo
March 7, 2014
god bless you and your family may god give you the strength you need and may god rest your soul thank you for all you did while here on earth now your an angel up above.
diane galaviz
March 7, 2014
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, our most heartfelt condolences. Thank you keeping the community safe. May God bless your family
Beatriz Putnam
March 7, 2014
You will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers to your family.
Ginger Eiden
March 6, 2014
Silvia Vargas
March 6, 2014
May you rest in peace. Thank you for all your service. You are in my prayers.
Silvia Vargas
March 6, 2014
To Wife Cathy and Detective Hobbs children. There are no words to express this untimely loss. My heart aches at the loss of a fine sir who protected us. Be proud of who Detective Hobbs stood for and honor
him by having the courage to allow God and Gods children to help you during this time of sadness.
k d
March 6, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So long for now, but never goodbye. John, you'll always be thought of in our hearts.
Mike Middelkamp
March 6, 2014
Hero on Earth, hero in Heaven
March 6, 2014
May u rest in peace,thank you for what u did for us.
mary rodriguez
March 6, 2014
To John's family~know that we will keep you in our prayers in the days and months to come. May you feel the love and support of those close to you. I hope that knowing he made a difference in this world will give you comfort.
Ann Haines
March 6, 2014
May God comfort your family at this difficult time..our thoughts and prayers are with them
stack family
March 6, 2014
thoughts and prayers are with your family,friends and fellow police officers.what a tragic outcome.
March 6, 2014
Thank you Det. Hobbs for your service and for keeping us safe. I pray for peace and guidance for your family and God bless you!
G Sheets
March 6, 2014
Thank you Detective Hobbs. God bless you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort.
Rosemarie Tirelli
March 6, 2014
Thank you for your service and the sacrifice of your life to protect us all. You are now with your Maker and resting in eternal peace.

And to your wife, children and extended family, you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Precious in the eyes of the Lord are His saints who have passed. (Psalm 116:15)

God bless you all.
Anne Gordon Lorentzen
March 6, 2014
Rest in peace. Thank you for your service. My prayers go out to the family.
Theresa D
March 6, 2014
On behalf of the Mesa Fraternal Order of Police, we express our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the Family of Our Brother Officer Hobbs. My the Lord welcome him into his arms and comfort him as well as watching over his precious family, help them find the strength to over come this grief. Rest in Peace Brother Hobbs......
Tony Fajardo
March 6, 2014
To The Family of Johns Hobbs: So many hearts are hurting thinking of a lost love one i Pray God will help each and everyone to find a way to keep the sweet memories alive,to heal their broken hearts and keep them open to face another day because life will move on and the sun will shine again. May God be with you all.
Serena Anderson-Mata
March 6, 2014
Thank you so vey much,

Vaya Con Dios~
March 6, 2014
May God hold you & your family in His arms at this time & forever. Thank you for your service, John.
March 6, 2014
I just want to give my condolences to his family for their loss of connection to this brave Police Officer. May God have his hand over John's family...
Laurie Uebbing
March 6, 2014
it saddens me when one of those who fight to keep us safe is taken, we all may not have known him by name but we see him, we know him, and we thank him.
Elizabeth Holm
March 6, 2014
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for friends" John 15:13. May the Lord give you peace and comfort in the days to come.
The Long Family, Phx Fire
Alexis Long
March 6, 2014
I knew George Cortez & everytime one of our finest is taken from us it brings back all of emotions from back in July of 2007. I hope all in the valley take a moment & say a prayer for the Hobbs family & all of our first responders. To the Hobbs family - you will forever be in my prayers. Thank you for giving to the city of Phoenix such a fine son, brother, husband & father. We all just got a guardian angel in heaven
Riaan Binder
March 6, 2014
Thank you for your service, your courage, and your bravery.
Robert Berardi
March 6, 2014
As a retired Phoenix police officer I still feel the pain and loss of any of our brothers or sisters in blue. My prayers and condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I will continue to pray for each and every police officers safety. May you rest in peace.
Jim McAnally
March 5, 2014
My prayers go out to your wife, children, family and friends at this very difficult time. May they find comfort in the memories that will be forever in their hearts. RIP Det Hobbs - Godspeed and I am certain you will watch over your loved ones from above! You made the ultimate sacrifice and I thank you for your service in protecting our community.
Heidi L
March 5, 2014
I have never met you but have been thinking about you, your family, and all of our Police Officers since you went to Heaven. Thank you for all you have done to keep us safe for the last 21 years, you are a true hero. Katharine
March 5, 2014
"Greater love has no one than this,that one lay down his life for friends" John 15:13.My condolences and respect to the Hobb's family.May God bless you all.
Israel Guzman Sr.
March 5, 2014
I am a teacher and do not get to watch or hear the news very often. I heard about your passing on Monday evening and on Tuesday when I got to school the Janitor had already lowered the flag to half mass for you. I was touched and thankful that in our community we thank and remember all of those who serve. I am sorry for your passing and my family and I are praying for your family. May your family find the peace they need to make it through their suffering. Thank you for the years you protected us from harm, and selflessly put your life in harms way for our lives. May you rest in peace and God be with you.
March 5, 2014
You might not remember me but I met you at the Phoenix Airport. You were working undercover with my brothers Dan and Ray Fulton. I want your family to know that you have touched them so deeply that your family is now my family. RIP John and know that my family will take care of your family.
Roxanne Fulton-Lamphere
March 5, 2014
To the family of Detective Hobbs: One cannot forget the ultimate price paid here, yet rest in goodness and honor knowing that though his immense courage he was instumental in not letting another criminal get away. Always be proud of who you are and my prayers are with Mrs. Hobbs and her children at this sad time.
March 5, 2014
Det. John Hobbs,
Thank you for keeping our community safe for the 21 years on duty. RIP
Elva Ramirez
March 5, 2014
I send you my most heart felt sympathy to your family My God protect you all

Deputy Chief Hominy PD OK Med Retired
Donald McCallister
March 5, 2014
My family offers our condolences and prayers to the family and fellow law enforcement officers of Detective John Hobbs.
Richard T.
March 5, 2014
With deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Phoenix Police of Detective John Hobbs RIP.
Elizabeth Reissig
March 5, 2014
To the family and friends of Det. Hobbs my deepest sympathy on yours and the City of Phoenix loss. He started as I did at 21 and even though we never met I feel I know him. He loved you the job and the city of Phoenix
Eric Reed
March 5, 2014
One of the finest ever- Prayers to his family-
dave tingue
March 5, 2014
Thank you for your service to the Phoenix community, Officer Hobbs.
March 5, 2014
Thank you to Detective Hobbs and all the officers who work to keep our streets safe. To his family I send thanks, condolences and prayers. I hope that knowing how grateful we are for police officers like your husband, son, and father will help bring you peace.
Jamie L
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