Robert “Bob” Price, the Tuolumne County Public Defender from 2003 to 2019, has died in Florida from COVID-19, his ex-wife and former colleagues said.

Price was 63.

Elizabeth Azlin, of Oakdale, said Price was on vacation and went on the Zaandam cruise ship.

Four people have reportedly died from the virus after traveling on the ocean liner. 

Price, a U.S. Army veteran, retired in July last year and moved to Lake Tahoe because he was an avid skier, Azlin said. 

“He was in good health,” she said. “In fact, the reason he moved to Tahoe was because of the skiing.”

Azlin said she and Price were married for 25 years and remained good friends after they divorced. She said he was sick when she last spoke to him on Saturday.

Staff at the Tuolumne County Public Defender’s Office were stunned and saddened by the news.

“The office is visibly shaken up,” said Public Defender Scott Gross. “Everybody is very upset.”


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