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UPDATED: Robert ‘Bobby’ Corrales succumbs to leukemia

End of Watch: April 23, 2009

Posted: April 25, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2009 6:30 a.m.

Fresh from a chemotherapy session, Bobby Corrales watches his son Josh, a Valencia High School graduate now playing for Cal State Long Beach, earn his first save of the season April 19. Bobby died four days later.

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Robert “Bobby” Corrales, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was stationed at Santa Clarita Superior Court, died Thursday, April 23 at his home in Valencia following a long battle with acute myloid leukemia. Corrales, of Valencia, was 57.

Corrales was a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He began his law-enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Marshall’s Department and became a sheriff’s deputy when the Marshall’s Department was merged with the Sheriff’s Department in 1994. Prior to being stationed in Santa Clarita, Corrales was stationed at the Van Nuys Superior Court.

“He brought his extensive knowledge of all aspects of the court services and he was a dedicated employee who always put forth his all,” said Kelley Michel, a friend and partner. “He was very conscientious about his work. He had a wonderful relationship to everyone in the courthouse.”

“His personality — he always had something funny to say he was just a really great guy that kept everyone laughing,” said Don Delio, also a sheriff’s deputy.

An enthusiastic baseball fan, Corrales’ son, Josh, a graduate of Valencia High School, now plays baseball for Cal State Long Beach. Josh, a relief pitcher, earned his first save of the season April 19. Robert Corrales, just having received a chemotherapy treatment and wearing a surgical mask, attended the game to see his son win the game – the last time he saw his son play.

Such was Robert Corrales' passion for baseball that he had a Dodgers jersey with his number on it given to him by the team with him during his hospitalization. When he died, Corrales was clutching a baseball given to him by a young friend of the family who plays high school ball. The young man had just hit his first grand slam, and wanted Corrales to have the ball.

Corrales’ battle with leukemia touched the hearts of not just his friends and colleagues in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, but in the larger world as well.

Members of rock groups Van Halen, Rush, Guns ‘N Roses and Velvet Revolver were among the contributors to a benefit auction designed to help Corrales and his family raise funds to cover expenses not covered by Corrales’ medical insurance.

Corrales is survived by his wife Olga and four sons, Robert Jr., Kirk, Josh and Zach.
 
Funeral services are pending.

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