Friendship Baptist Church
1248 W Hurst Blvd
Hurst, TX 76053
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J.D. Roberts FORT WORTH -- J.D. Roberts Jr., 89, passed away unexpectedly on the afternoon of February 14, 2018. His family, friends and many former colleagues mourn the passing of one of the most storied homicide detectives in the history of the Fort Worth Police Department. MEMORIAL SERVICES: 10 a.m. March 31, at Friendship Baptist Church in Hurst. J.D. willed his body to U.T.S.W. Medical Research Hospital in Dallas. J.D. had suffered from failing health, but was active up until the moment the Lord took him home. J.D. graduated from Northside High School in Fort Worth and received his college degree from Texas Wesleyan University. His storied career as a public servant began when he was awarded Badge No. 128 by the Fort Worth P.D. in November of 1952. J.D. was awarded Detective of the Year in 1972. When he retired in August of 1995, he was the longest tenured employee in department history. J.D. not only solved an untold number of murder mysteries, he not only survived twice being shot in the line of duty, he is credited with solving one of the greatest capers ever at FWPD, tracking the stolen headstone of Lee Harvey Oswald to the thief's hiding place in Oklahoma. J.D. also took immense pride in serving on President John F. Kennedy's security detail in Fort Worth in the hours before his assassination in Dallas. He was a member of the Masons of Texas for 60 years and a member of the Texas Municipal Police Association. After his retirement in 1995, J.D. took enormous pleasure in retreating every summer to his magical home in the mountains in Marble, Colorado. He loved nature, he treasured his workshop projects and stayed active every day of his retirement. But most of all he loved his wife of 37 years, Martha, who tearfully mourns his passing. Survivors: Wife, Martha; cousin, Betty Cannizzaro; son, Steven Roberts of Granbury (Jane); stepson, W.L. Chappell; three grandchildren, Ryan, Rachel and Austin; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his precious feline friends, Mikki, Tony and Stinker. In his final days, the notoriously stoic detective's heart was softened by the love shown by his two favorite little church friends, Jace and Jordan, who blessed him with aura of joy and peace that uplifted J.D. until the moment the Lord carried him away.

Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 30, 2018
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