Deputy Sheriff Matt Jones

Matthew Ryan Jones, 30, of Waco, died Friday, October 11, 2019 while on duty as a Deputy Sheriff for the Falls County Sheriff’s Department.

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, at First Woodway Baptist Church, 101 N. Ritchie Road, in Woodway, TX

Burial: Gerald Cemetery

Matt was born February 7, 1989 in Waco to Ronnie and Debbie Coleman Jones. He attended Connally High School and TSTC in Waco. Matt joined the Falls County Sheriff’s Department in August 2015. He was a four year veteran of the force as a K-9 deputy at the time of his death.

Matt met the love of his life, Courtney Travis, at West Fest. They were married October 31, 2015.

Matt was not only a proud public servant who was respected by all who knew him, but he was also an avid outdoors-man who loved to hunt, fish, ride his ATV and was also a Jeep enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joan and Ronald Coleman; great-grandparents, Jessie and C.M. Freeman; aunt, Judy Varga; uncle, David Weinberger; and cousin, David Varga.

Matt is survived by his wife, Courtney of Waco; his parents, Ronnie and Debbie Jones of Waco; brothers, Brandon and his two children, Hunter and Avery, all of Waco and Stephen and wife, Melissa and their child, Sylee, all of Tool; grandparents, Don and Gloria Jones of Waco; his mother-in-law, Jeannie Stafford; numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and a large extended family and host of friends. Matt is also survived by his K-9 partner, Thor; and his Basset Hound, Flash.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Jones, Stephen Jones, Kyle Roper, Lisa Cunningham, Colton Massey, Colton Cunningham, Josh Roberts, Justin Janskey, Hunter Jones, Sylee Jones and Avery Jones.

Pallbearers will be the Falls County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard

In lieu of floral arrangements, a bank account has been opened at Educator’s Credit Union for the benefit of Deputy Sheriff Matt Jones or send a memorial gift in Matt’s memory to the 100 Club of Heart of Texas at

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Condolence Messages

  1. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers!

  2. Courtney, I am so sorry to hear of the lost of your husband, Matt. You certainly have my prayers and condolences. May God give you strength, peace and comfort in this hour. Know that your co-workers are here for you. We love you

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family…. He was a great person.

  4. Deral and Tammy Cox

    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will give you peace and comfort.

  5. Courtney,
    Our prayers and love surround you. Always in our thoughts and prayers. God will give you strength and peace. God bless Matt and his loving family.
    Love you❤????,
    Aunt Sandra

  6. Courtney, I hope you feel the love that surrounds you now and always. Continued prayers for comfort, strength, and peace. All our love now and always–Aunt Glenda

    Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.

  7. Sending love & prayers for all! Courtney & Jeannie…y’all are special to my family & we love you both.

  8. Courtney,
    You and all the family continue to be in my daily thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.


  10. Sending prayers- RIP Hero Matt Jones

  11. Candace Wilshire

    Sending prayers
    John 15:13

  12. Miranda Flanary


    There are no words. I just hope the love and support of your friends, family, and community surround you in warmth and you find some comfort there.
    May light perpetual shine upon dear Matt. May we eternally appreciate his service as well as yours.

    Love always,
    Miranda Flanary

  13. Andrea (Mitzel-Snelson) Persilver

    Courtney im so sorry for your loss, may Gods wings wrap around you and shield you from anything that is harful and painful. May he comfort you in this time of loss and may you be blessed with so much love and comfort. Your once love has now become your forever guardian angel and may he Rest In Peace and his memories stay in your heart for he will always live through them. You are in my thoughts and prayers and always know you are loved and thought of.

  14. SueMarie Oliver

    Courtney & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and all your family and friends in my thoughts and prayer.

  15. Prayers for comfort and peace to all of you.

  16. David Westmoreland

    RIP brother in blue. Prayers from our family to yours. We will take it from here. God speed brother

  17. Robyn Drews Ware

    Prayers and love to all of this young man’s friends and family. May the good Lord wrap his loving arms around you all in this hour of need. God Bless!

  18. So Sorry for Yalls Loss.Sending Przyers to the Family

  19. Pam White Niles

    Praying God wraps his arms around you during this difficult time.

  20. Daniel H. Pruitt

    Matt Jones u was one of the best Deputy’s to work with when we needed a deputy on a scene u will be missed by all that knew u until we meet again thanks for being a great friend

  21. Sending prayers for the family and friends and his fur babies. May God put his loving arms around you and give you strength during this time.
    We did not know him personally, but I thank him for the services that he did for our county and the sheriff’s department.
    The Kunkel Family

  22. Shelley Coleman Johndon

    May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you comfort . Prayers for your family

  23. A really special man. As a wife and mother of police officers I know what they give. And Matt went above and beyond by giving his all. My thoughts and prayers go to you and his family. God bless you Matt.

  24. Rest Easy Brother, You Are the Sheepdog who Watched Over the Flock.

  25. Blessings on you, Courtney! “Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child!” Unceasing thoughts and prayers for you and yours!

  26. Ann Coleman boehly

    So sorry to our cousins and family in texas..from the Colemans in Rochester. Ny

  27. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  28. Irene and Tony Saenz

    Thoughts and prayers. You will be forever missed.

    Irene and Tony

  29. Dear Courtney and family, my condolences and prayers are with you all. Matt is fine man and admired by many. We have lost a brother and we are all saddened by his passing. Matt, you fought the fight brother, may you rest in peace and you will not be forgotten.

    Chief Ronnie Price
    Connally ISD Police Dept.

  30. Robert & Vicki Olivo

    Courtney & family,

    We are sending our love and prayers to your family during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories of Matt put a smile on your face when you’re feeling down. God bless Matt for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

  31. Coleman Family in Red Rock

    We will keep you all in our prayers…

  32. Gloria (Bode) Opperman

    Sincere thoughts and prayers are sent to you from my service dog Bear and me during this most difficult time! I know my sweet Deacon husband Jerry and our sweet precious Sugar Bear were present to greet your hubby when he got to Heaven. Our losses are Heaven’s gain! Blessings..Gloria Opperman and Bear

  33. Courtney & Family,

    I have been thinking about you all week and trying to think of something to say. There are no words to make this easier for any of you. Know that you are all in my constant thoughts and prayers. Matt will always hold a very special place in my heart as one of Brian’s closest friends. I have a lot of “jeep” memories and I will cherish them all.

  34. My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.RIP Matt Jones.Even though I didn’t Know You.

  35. Kelly Szelestey

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. You will be missed Deputy Jones.

  36. Big Boys' Wrecker Service

    Sending Prayers. Sorry, for your loss.

  37. Joe and Doris Erskine

    Our family extends sympathy to your family and we send our prayers to Heaven for our LORD to deliver comfort to your family now and in the coming days ahead. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. L

  38. my heart goes out to the family and to the Sheriff’s ofc he was a member of. His funeral at the cementary was beautiful and the closing song by the pipers, always brings the floods of tears. RIP. he is on different duty now! A Heavenly angel watching over all!

  39. Janna Martin Margrave

    I did not know Matt but I do know the pain of losing a very young man and a Mom so my heart thoughts and prayers go out to the Whole Family. I have followed this story with y’all many Blessing ????????????????????????????

  40. Courtney, I just do not have words to convey how much I am hurting for you. Just try and take life one second at a time and when that second is over take the next. Hugs and Prayers, my friend.

  41. Michelle Hebert

    Courtney, you are in my prayers. Condolences to you and your family on your loss.

  42. Prayers for comfort and peace to the family.

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