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Dog the Bounty Hunter to Host Aurora Memorial for Late Wife Beth Chapman

A hospitalized Beth Chapman and husband Duane "Dog" Chapman in an image from a memorial video.
A hospitalized Beth Chapman and husband Duane "Dog" Chapman in an image from a memorial video. Screen capture via Dog's Most Wanted
Beth Chapman, beloved wife of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman and his co-star in several reality-TV shows, including Dog's Most Wanted, expected to debut on WGN America next year, died on June 26 in Hawaii.

But while a remembrance ceremony has already been held in Waikiki, the Chapmans spent their early careers in the Denver area and continued to maintain deep ties to Colorado, where their eighteen-year-old son Garry lives. As such, it makes perfect sense that tomorrow, July 13, Duane will host a public memorial service in Aurora in Beth's honor.

Although television viewers have always known Beth and Duane as a couple, she was a successful independent private investigator in the Denver area long before the cameras. Westword editor Patricia Calhoun notes that during the paper's early days, in the l980s, Beth was an important source for numerous stories on a wide variety of topics, and she kept the lines of communication open even after fame came knocking.

Witness her conversation with us in 2012, when she and Duane threw a block party in Edgewater in honor of Denver Dog's House, a retail store dedicated to their assorted enterprises.

The relationship between the couple is captured in this recent video:


More recently, Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer, and on June 23, Duane confirmed that she had been admitted to the intensive-care unit at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. In a separate message, he wrote, "Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you."

Then, on June 26, he tweeted, "It’s 5:32 in Hawaii. This is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

He subsequently kept followers up to date on memorial plans, writing on July 1, "We have tentatively scheduled July 13 in Denver to tuck her in, tell her goodnight, for she sleepeth."

The Beth Chapman Celebration of Life is set to run from 2 to 4 p.m. on the 13th at Heritage Christian Center, 14401 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Accommodations have been made for fans around the country who'll be unable to attend. The event will be live-streamed at WGNAmerica.com and the Dog's Most Wanted Facebook page.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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