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Johnson loses long battle with cancer

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Sgt. Matt Johnson, a deputy with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, lost a year-long battle with colon cancer on July 5. He was 44 years old.

Johnson’s last Facebook post, from June 23, read, “I’m blessed with so many friends.”

“It’s been a rough few days,” Kendall County 100 Club spokesperson Rina Grona said, referring to Johnson’s death as well as the death last week of Deputy Carlos Ramirez during a traffic stop.

During Kendall County Commissioners Court on Monday, an emotional Judge Darrel Lux spoke about both Johnson and Ramirez. The judge noted the “loss of two dedicated deputies who left us too soon.”

“Carlos Ramirez lost his life (last) Tuesday morning in a tragic accident in the line of duty, and Matthew Johnson lost a hard-fought battle against cancer on Friday,” Lux said. “Both men devoted their lives to serving their community, and Deputy Ramirez also served his country in the Army Reserves. They were respected and upright young men, giving of themselves to provide us a safe place to live.

“Please keep Carlos’ and Matt’s families in your prayers, and always remember these two young men who lived to serve others.”

Johnson was born in Pasadena, Texas, on Feb. 18, 1975. He graduated from Ingram Tom Moore High School in 1993 and from the San Antonio College Police Academy in 2001.

Information from his obituary (see page 2) stated he served a combined 20 years in law enforcement with Kerr County, Bandera County, SFA Police Department and Kendall County.

Among his survivors are his wife, Shelli; a son, Gavin, and wife Heritage Vandegrift; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at First United Methodist Church in Kerrville.

Donations may be made to Hill Country Hospice in Fredericksburg.