Chief of Police Luella Kay Holloway

Chief of Police Luella Kay Holloway

Coalinga Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 4, 1980

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Luella Kay Holloway

Chief of Police Kay Holloway and her husband, Officer Donald Holloway of the California Highway Patrol, were killed in an aircraft crash while en route flying between Sacramento and Coalinga.

Chief Holloway had attended a law enforcement meeting in Sacramento and the two were returning to Coalinga so Officer Holloway could attend a court appearance. The Cessna 172 plane crashed into a field near I-5 and Derrick Road approximately 20 miles north of Coalinga.

Officer Holloway was authorized to be flying his personal plane at the time.

She and Officer Holloway were survived by their seven children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 3, 1980

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It’s hard to believe that is been 41 years since you and Ray stepped on a rainbow. I often think about the last time I saw you both when I dropped you off at the airport in Sacramento so that you and Ray could fly back to Coalinga. Little did I know that I would be the last person to see you both alive. I pray that you are rejoicing in heaven and that we will cross paths again someday.
God bless you both.

Sergeant Bob Ingersoll (Ret.)
Coalinga PD/Seaside PD/Del Rey Oaks PD

January 9, 2021

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