Law enforcement officers from across the state were among the more than 2,000 mourners to pay respect to Canfiled...the 5th deputy to die in the line of duty in the pat 4 years.
Sheriff John McGinniss was among the first to speak at yesterday’s ceremony at First Baptist Church in Elk Grove. He remembered Deputy Canfield…who sported a crew cut and mustache…as a stellar officer who was quick with a smile.
“He typically clenched an unlit cigar in his teeth and exuded a positive demeanor and truly likeable quality. He not only displayed that huge smile himself but he put a smile on my face.”
Canfield grew up in Galt and was a 13-year-veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. His partner Deputy Scott Padgett said minutes before the accident that took his life, Canfield was talking to a kid about the importance of wearing a bike helmet.
“The kid kept asking Larry ‘how fast does your bike go?’ And Larry would say ‘speed limit.’ But that was Larry Canfield.
Padgett was with Canfield when he died in pursuit of a speeding car.
“I lost a piece of me along with my dear friend on that day - that day that I will hate forever. I am glad I was there with Larry and I’m glad it was me that took the cigar out of his mouth.”
Canfield’s wife Michele also spoke at the remembrance. She said her husband had a tough exterior.
“What people didn’t know or see was the marshmallow center. I always knew it was there, ‘cause there wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do for his family or his friends.”
And she says her husband taught her how to laugh at life because it’s much easier than crying or getting angry.
“I’m going to miss him so much. I do miss him so much. I always thought that we would grow old together. But now I have to do the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life and that’s say goodbye to my best friend.”
In addition to his wife, Canfield is survived by two sons. Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Canfield was 43-years-old.