The Palo Verde Valley District Library (PVVDL) held a special flag raising Oct. 2 at the public education center’s front lawn where the Palo Verde High School (PVHS) JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) Yellow Jacket Battalion cadets conducted the formal ceremony.
“The U.S. flag that flies in front of the Palo Verde Valley District Library was looking rather faded, tattered and torn after a long hot Blythe summer. The sun and wind had taken its toll. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, a new flag was given to the library in memory of CHP (California Highway Patrol) Officer Timothy Maley,” stated PVVDL Director Kime Williams. “The cadets began by removing the old flag and taking it with them to perform the flag retirement ceremony at a later date and dispose of the old flag properly. Then the cadets marched to the flag pole and presented the folded flag to attach to the halyards, taking care that no portion of the flag touched the ground. The new flag rose majestically to the top of the flag pole, and once secured, the cadets marched away in formation to applause from the spectators.”
Under the supervision of U.S. Army and JROTC Instructor MSgt. Melvin Walker, the ceremony’s participating Color Guard and drill cadets included: 1st Sgt. J. Vasquez; Pvt. C. Coverdale; Pvt. M. Dowling; Pvt. A. Pruette; Pvt. First Class R. Knutson; and Pfc. A. Bonty.
In attendance were members of the community, staff and kids from the library’s “Preschool Storytime” program – who recited the morning’s Pledge of Allegiance.
“The preschoolers then went inside the library to learn more about the United States flag, make their own flag to take home and to eat red, white and blue flag cookies,” noted Williams.
Maley (Nov. 3, 1952 – Aug. 19, 2011) was a United States Marine Corps veteran (1974-1977) who served in the military police occupational field before going on to provide 30 years of public service with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), retiring as a lieutenant.
Maley was the first director of the Palo Verde Valley’s Community Improvement Fund (CIF), served as president of the local Rotary Club in 2010, and was elected to the Palo Verde Healthcare District board from 2008 to his passing in 2011.
In January of 2011, Maley donated $4,700 to Felix J. Appleby Elementary School’s PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) towards the playground equipment fund from sales of “I Like Blythe” license plate frames he’d helmed.
“(Tim) was always one of Blythe’s biggest supporters and could be seen walking around town picking up trash and painting over graffiti as quickly as it appeared,” wrote former Times editor Marty Bachman in a story following the news of Maley’s passing. “Maley, an avid car collector, donated a ‘65 Ford Mustang to the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, which was used for a national fundraiser that benefited the Chamber.”
The chamber fundraiser would raise over $8,000.
“Tim had an amazing Irish wit, a wry sense of humor, and was always the consummate entertainer. His collection of vintage automobiles is second to none. Tim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and loyal friend to many,” states Maley’s obituary.
Palo Verde Valley Transit Agency (PVVTA) General Manager and friend George Colangeli offered:
“Tim Maley, from the time he arrived in the Palo Verde Valley, made every effort to improve the community in any way he could. Beyond his role as Lieutenant Commander of the local CHP office, Tim serviced in many other public and volunteer roles. It was not uncommon to see Tim cleaning up graffiti around town or helping out as needed around his church, St. Joan of Arc. In efforts to improve the airport, Tim devised a campaign to sell license plate frames to paint the hanger. He coined the tagline ‘I like Blythe’ for such plates. Personally for me and my family, after a kitchen fire at my house Tim went and bought new appliances and installed them by the time I returned home from the hospital. Without being prompted or expecting praise, Tim would look for opportunities to ‘pay it forward’ such as what he did for me. In thanking him he said, ‘I did this for you and your family because it was the right thing to do and if you see someone else who you can help you would do the same.’ Tim Maley was a great friend, community leader and inspiration for change, he will continued to be missed.”