Hero Down: Monterey Police Sgt. Douglas Holley Loses Battle With Cancer

Sgt. Doug Holley died on Friday after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Monterey, CA - Monterey Police Sgt. Douglas Charles Holley, age 49, died on Friday, October 27, from cancer.

Sgt. Holley was born in Santa Cruz, and was a collegiate wrestler who attended California State University - Bakersfield, according to Legacy.com .

He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in criminal justice.

Sgt. Holley was an 18-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, and served in different assignments including Detective Sergeant and SWAT team leader.

After his youngest son graduated from high school, he and his wife Terri relocated to Monterey. He joined the Monterey Police Department and quickly made Sergeant.

According to Legacy, Sgt. Holley "...lived as an example to many, he watched over the flock, and raised other warriors to be the Sheepdogs they were meant to be."

"Doug was an avid outdoorsman, this passion was shared with his Dad, family and many friends. He took pride in raising dogs for bird hunting and every chance he got headed up to his beloved Sierras to hunt for deer.

"His love of adventure had no bounds. Those adventures included camping with the family, S.W.A.T. competitions with 'the boys', a Spartan race or even the Eco Challenge which took many days to complete. He always excelled at anything he set out to accomplish."

In a Facebook post, the Monterey Police Department said:

"It is with great sadness we share the passing of our brother Monterey Police Sgt. Douglas Holley today after a courageous battle against cancer. Doug joined the Monterey Police Department in 2012 after 17 years of service with the Stockton Police Department.

During his law enforcement career, Doug served as a patrol officer, Gang Task Force Officer, SWAT team member, Community Action Team member, and range master.

Doug served his community with distinction in some of the most challenging law enforcement environments.

The Monterey Police Department flag will be flown at half staff in honor of Doug. Our deepest condolences go out to his family who are in our thoughts and prayers."

Sgt. Holley is survived by his wife Terri, their sons Chad and Jacob, his mother and father, his brother, his sister, and two grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Monterey Police Sgt. Douglas Holley. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

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RIP, Sgt. Holley. Thank you for your service.


sounds like he lived life fully. another good man down. condolences.


What a beautiful write up on Doug. I remember when he started the Stockton Pd. We moved from San Jose to Manteca with our sons Chad and Jake. He loved working as a police officer. He was an amazing father to our sons. I will forever thank him for Chad and Jake...He will be missed by so many people....Rest in Peace...Tami


I'm so sorry Tami for the loss of your husband. After so many successful, fruitful years as a police officer cancer took hold and took him home. I don't know what your religious beliefs are but I believe the instant he died he stood before God and, His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matt 25:21. He will be greatly missed by his fellow officers and community. You and your boys will continue on without him beside you but always in your hearts. He left a legacy that your boys can look back on with pride. My thoughts ad prayers are with you all....


Thank you for your kind words. As Doug's wife and partner for the last twenty years. I can truly say he was a warrior and the best friend someone could have. His sons were lucky and I was blessed. Terri Holley