Former Fort Worth, TX police captain Charles Hogue dies at 88
Charles Hogue looks off camera in this photo from his time as a police officer. Hogue, who died early Thursday, was the captain of Fort Worth for many years, eventually becoming the Hurst police chief.
Charles Hogue, a longtime Fort Worth officer who was commended for his work on large narcotics cases and eventually became Hurst police chief, died in his sleep early Thursday, his wife Janice Hogue told the Star Telegram. He was 88 years old.
He began his career in 1955 as a beat cop walking the streets of Fort Worth looking for the noisy bars and walk-up hotels of the day, according to Jerry Blaisdell, a 76-year-old former Weatherford police chief who was nearby Hogue. He came into law enforcement during a transitional period, as Blaisdell described, with the gangster era going back in time and a more modern crime lurking ahead of him. In the late 1960s and 1970s, drugs spread like never before in high schools and colleges, Blaisdell said. Gambling and prostitution increased.
According to Blaisdell, Hogue has been instructed by city leaders to play a bigger role in combating these issues.
He was made lieutenant around 1963 and captain about two years later, where he served for many years. He rose to the role of deputy chief and left in 1985 to become the Hurst police chief. He served as the commanding officer of the Tarrant County Narcotics Investigation Unit and served as president of the Parker County Crime Commission prior to retirement.
As much as he was known for his accomplishments in law enforcement, Blaisdell said Hogue had earned a reputation among officers as a humble and unobtrusive leader who took newcomers under his wing.
Blaisdell and another former police officer visited Charles on Wednesday, the day before his death. They told him, “How much we appreciate what he’s done for us,” he said, remembering times they’d spent together long ago.
“Charles Hogue was probably one of the most respected police officers not only in Fort Worth but also locally,” Blaisdell said on the phone on Saturday. “He has influenced the lives of so many people – young men and women who have had the opportunity to work with him. Not only did he develop some really good cops, but he also developed some really good people. “
According to 85-year-old Janice, he had several underlying medical conditions, the most serious of which was a heart valve problem. His family had tried to protect him from the coronavirus since the pandemic started and they were successful, Janice said. But before Christmas last year, he still developed double pneumonia, a disease he couldn’t fight off completely.
Janice listened Wednesday night as her husband chatted with friends at their Hurst home and relived fun moments in their career. It lifted his spirits.
“After they left, Charles and I talked about it for a couple of hours,” she said. “He smiled and enjoyed it.”
He began to fall asleep when they were watching TV that night when The Masked Singer was playing on NBC. Her son found him dead in bed around 3 a.m. on Thursday when he got up to exercise. Although it was sad, Janice said, they were grateful that he “went to sleep peacefully”.
He is survived by his wife; his son Charles Hogue Jr., daughter Debra Dukeminier; Daughter-in-law Mary Garcia Hogue; Son-in-law Ray Dukeminier; Brother Harold “Bud” Hogue; two nieces and two nephews; and five grandchildren.
Charles Harn, a Fort Worth police captain, said in a statement Saturday that Charles had been in the department for 29 years, including 15 years in the narcotics department and vice squad. During his tenure, he won both Officer of the Year and Commanding Officer of the Year awards, Harn said.
“Charles had a positive influence on many officers during his career,” said Harn. “He will be sorely missed.”
Charles specifically told the family he did not want a funeral or procession because he knew from experience that law enforcement ceremonies often kept officials away from potentially more important work, Janice said. He always told her she said it “just takes too many men out of their tact.”
It wasn’t a surprising feeling, friends say, for a man who avoided the limelight in his civil servant career but quietly evolved into a leader.
In June 1982, the Texas War on Drugs Committee – headed by H. Ross Perot – named Hogue Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, according to the Star Telegram Archives. In a nomination letter, the Fort Worth DEA wrote that his collaboration with other agencies has resulted in many successful drug operations. Jack Bicknell, then deputy chief, said, “His greatest attribute is his integrity.”
Janice said her husband was respected everywhere from church to police. Although his job was demanding, Janice said, he made time for his children. He was at their school carnivals and their open houses. He did the Y Indian Guides program with his son when he was 6 years old.
When they lived in Aledo and had a large garden, he started beekeeping and kept 16 beehives, Janice said. He liked to learn where the plants came from.
“He’s been away a lot, but when our son grew up he understood,” she said. “If he could possibly get there he would, but if he couldn’t get there he would take care of the community. That was his great honor. “
Janice grew up three houses away from Charles and knew his two brothers well as a child but didn’t start dating him until he left high school and college. She thought he was handsome, especially in his police uniform, and had a good personality and smile, she said. She married him when she was 21.
In recent years, the couple have removed a few items from Charles’ bucket list – a visit to Normandy and its surrounding countries, as well as the Panama Canal.
He’s enjoyed his retirement and long career as a law enforcement officer, she said.
“That was the wonderful thing about Charles,” she said. “No matter how hard the work was, how big the task was, or how complicated it was, he was happy to get it done.”
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Jack Howland is a news and corporate reporter. Before joining Star Telegram in May 2019, he spent two and a half years as a breaking news reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.