comscore Colorado memorial pays tribute to ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Colorado memorial pays tribute to ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2014

    Beth Chapman, left, and Duane Chapman arrive at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn. Funeral services for Beth Chapman, who starred with her husband Duane in the reality TV series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” will be livestreamed Saturday, July 13, 2019, from Colorado, her home state. She died last month after battling cancer in Hawaii, where the family lived.

AURORA, COLORADO >> Friends and family of the late “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman gathered in Colorado today where they remembered her as tough and irreverent, yet full of love even for some of the fugitives she helped apprehend.

Funeral services were held in Chapman’s home state after she died last month at the age of 51 in Hawaii, where she lived with her family. She had been battling cancer for about two years.

Chapman and her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman starred in the A&E show until it was canceled in 2012. The show followed the couple as they apprehended people who avoided arrest warrants.

They later starred in Country Music Television’s “Dog & Beth: On the Hunt.”

During Saturday’s services at the Heritage Christian Center, Duane Chapman recalled how he met his future wife when he posted her bond after she’d shoplifted a lemon. Watch the video here.

The couple married in 2006. By then, Duane Chapman — the self-proclaimed world’s best bounty hunter — already had gained fame for nabbing serial rapist and Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico in 2003.

“I never admitted she was going to die,” he said Saturday. “She said ‘How are you going to make it without me?’ And I said, “I don’t know … She will never be dead to me.”

Duane Chapman recalled how his wife was prone to “chew people out real good. And I’m one of them. Because she always wanted people to know what happened if they go on her dark side.”

Long-time friend Mary Ellen Pollack, who runs a bail bonds business in Brighton, Colorado, said Chapman’s “tough-as nails” public persona belied a softer side.

“She didn’t let anybody see that, and that’s simply because of the profession she was in,” Pollack said.

Comments (6)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up