Retired Texas Ranger Captain Carl A. Weathers

19401017 –

 20180826

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Retired Texas Ranger Captain Carl A. Weathers returned to his creator on August 26, 2018.  He was born on October 17, 1940.  We, his family, know he is now in the presence of his Lord.  This family includes his loving wife of 55 years, Mickey Jean Weathers; his daughter, Carla Weathers, and her children, Margo Haltom and husband, Nathan, Jeffrey Lance and wife, Andrea, and her grandsons, Charles Knobloch, Jackson Knobloch, and Declan Haltom; his son, Allen Weathers and wife, Denise, and their children, Rilyn, June, and Andrew Weathers.  Also included are very special friends who have become like family, Sammy Hurta, Richard Montgomery, Cody Montgomery, Nikki Lambert and husband, Brian, and their children Rosemary and Hugh Lambert, Dawn Erdman and husband, Brian, and their sons Brett and Scott Erdman, Penny Cachia and daughter, Maddie; as well as a great number of nieces, nephews, and cousins (too many to count).  The great group of friends present is only the “tip of the iceberg” of the many who loved Carl and have supported us during the recent days.

 

Since he retired, Carl played golf as often as he could.  There were so many who joined him out on the golf course; and, they all became like brothers as they each enjoyed the game together.

 

During the time he served our state as a Texas Ranger, he was active in many cases and he and the many who worked beside him managed to bring most all to a successful close.  As Captain of Company C, he and three of the Rangers working with him aided in the capture of seven men in Pecos, TX, who were headed to aid Richard McLaren and the Republic of Texas group. The capture of these men prevented them from reaching the Davis Mountains where McLaren and his group were in a stand-off.  When talking about this, Carl would say they “were in the right place at the right time.”  Following the arrest in Pecos, they drove on to the Davis Mountains and spent about a week in the middle of nowhere, sleeping on the ground on mattresses provided by men from the local Baptist church, and, eating food provided by that same group because they could not leave the scene to go get food.

 

He along with many other Rangers from all across the State came together to work on the Branch Davidian siege in Waco.  These Rangers came from every company across the State to comprise three teams of Rangers to investigate the incident.  This was done so that the company based in Waco would not have to carry such a great load by themselves.  The Rangers were in Waco for 14 weeks – most all of them did not leave to go home to their families even once during that time; and, each made several trips back to Waco for many weeks after as well as traveled to Washington D.C. to testify as to the findings of their investigation of the incident.

 

When he first made Texas Ranger, he was part of a group of several Rangers who were trained to use hypnosis as a tool to gather information from witnesses.  These Rangers were some of the first to use this skill to solve crimes.  By using this method, they could help a witness to feel comfortable talking about what they witnessed at a place and time when they did not feel safe.  With the assistance of hypnosis, these witnesses could recall such details as license plate numbers that they looked at but did not recall having seen.  Carl helped to solve a cold case that had happened approximately 20 years before.  When it went to trial, his testimony was among the very first given and helped to bring about a conviction.  This conviction was up held by an appellate court.

 

Before serving as a Texas Ranger, he served as a Texas Department of Public Safety Patrol Officer and as a City of Brownwood Police Officer.  He served in these areas for a total of 40 years.

 

As Carl’s wife I can tell you that he and the others that worked cases with him always worked diligently to do the job to the best of their ability, all the while keeping themselves “behind the scenes.”  They were always glad to let other officers move to the front as they stepped back behind the local department with which they had served.

 

We will celebrate his wonderful life at Southcrest Baptist Church, 3801 S. Loop 289 in Lubbock, on Friday, September 7th at 11:00 a.m.  Family visitation will be held before the service at 10:00 and immediately following the service.

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Memorials

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Building Fund – Phase 2 of the Former Texas Rangers Association and Foundation (103 Industrial Loop, Ste 700, Fredericksburg, TX 78624) and/or to the college scholarship fund of the Texas Rangers Association Foundation (104 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, TX 76706).

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12 thoughts on “Retired Texas Ranger Captain Carl A. Weathers”

  1. Mickey, Carla and family. What a legacy he has left behind. Prayers for comfort for all of you. He has run the race, finished the course, received his reward and crown. May the comfort that only God can give surround you and sustain you in the days, weeks, and years ahead.

  2. Stacy & Sydonia Winters

    Mickey, Carla and Bud, we were sad to learn of Carl passing but know he is with the Lord and keeping a watch over all of you. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. My sweet Carla and family. You all have been blessed with sweet traits of your Carl. Cherish all the memories until we meet in heaven.
    Sherri Kerley lubbock tx

  4. He has left an incredible mark behind for so many to share for years to come. The love he had for his family, friends, coworkers, not to mention his outstanding career is something I truly admire and respect. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.

  5. He left an incredible Legacy for his family. I am glad to call his son, Allen, friend. Allen, I am so sorry for your loss but I know you are happy knowing where he is today. I wish I could have gotten to know him but I know that knowing Allen, I know him.
    Love you brother.

  6. Stephen W Burres, III

    Mrs. Weathers, from 1989 to 1994 I worked at the Lubbock DPS office as a part time maintenance man while attending Texas Tech. I got to know Carl during that time and always had the utmost respect for him. Even though I was just the maintenance man, Carl would always take the time to speak to me. I always wanted to be a Ranger and he gave me sound advice on how to be a good police officer first. I haven’t spoken to him since I left Lubbock, but I wanted to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family. He was a true Texas lawman and I can honestly say that I have put some of what he said to use in my career. God bless you and your family. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us.

  7. Carl was a great man that I had the pleasure to work with and call friend. He will be missed.

  8. Dear Mickey
    Carl and I had many wonderful times riding down the road. Also thanks for your hospitality during my hard times. My cancer recovery kept me from attending the service.
    Reagan

  9. As a 7th grade student at Hutchinson Junior High in 1988, I chose to do my history fair project on the Texas Rangers. My interview with Captain Casteel and Sergeant Weathers led to a great project, and they even displayed my project in their office for several weeks after the history fair. Through high school, I would stop by his office, and then Captain Weathers would invite me in for coffee and story swapping. I was always amazed that he would make time to talk to some goofy band kid, but he always did. In college, I interviewed him again , along with Sergeant Yeager, for a different project. He and Mrs. Weathers even attended my senior percussion recital. Carl made a positive impact in my life, and I know that Texas is better because of his dedicated service. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  10. Mickey and family,
    What a treasure we have lost with Carl’s passing. However, Heaven has gained another angel. He was always such a gentleman and soft-spoken. I and some of my friends can remember playing poker with him in some enjoyable times together. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

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