Yoakum County Sheriff Deputy Jason Matthew Fann, 28, tragically lost his life on August 5 around 6 pm in the line of duty while serving the citizens of this county.
While responding to a crash on state highway 214, Deputy Fann lost control of his unit and tragically rolled. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Justice of the Peace. The crash is currently under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, but speed and a slick roadway could have been a factor in the accident.
Deputy Fann began working for the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office on March 01, 2016. He worked as a jailer until he was moved to patrol on July 29 of that same year. He became a volunteer fire fighter for the City of Plains and offered his services to the City of Seagraves as a Police Officer during his off-duty hours. He was recently appointed as the City of Plains Fire Marshall and looked forward to his new duty.
Because of his love for law enforcement, Jason always looked for ways to improve himself and was determined to be the best law enforcement officer possible, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s office. Not only was he eager to learn, he was equally eager to spread his knowledge to other law enforcement personnel and future law enforcement hopefuls. He was certified through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as an instructor and trained officers in many different areas. He instructed Law Enforcement classes at the South Plains Association of Government Academy.
In an interview with Fox 34, his good friend and colleague Wesley Moore said, “I received a call from another P.D. officer who heard about the wreck and understood it was bad and possibly fatal. The initial reaction, I went completely numb. It was the worst day of my life.”
Moore, who is a special investigator with the Yoakum County Criminal District Attorney’s office and a former Deputy who served with Fann, is the godfather to Fann’s two children. He said, to him, his family, and his colleagues, Fann was the embodiment of what it means to wear the badge and to be a father.
“Deputy Jason Fann is by far one of the most intelligent and professional officers I’ve ever met in my career, my life. He was a dedicated father as well to a three-year-old and a six-year-old and a loving husband to his wife of four years. The epitome of, the definition of a public servant.”
Moore went on to say he hopes his friend is remembered as more than just another guy in a uniform.
“We should always remember him as a loving husband, a son, a brother, a father, and a great law enforcement officer.”
According to the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office, Fann is the first officer killed in the line of duty in Yoakum County.
“We believe that Jason went out with his boots on, the way he wanted to, doing what he loved and helping others as he swore to do,” Moore continued, “and forever will be revered for it.”
“Losing one of us is like losing a blood brother. It is extraordinarily hard,” Moore added. “He wasn’t just our friend on the outside or our friend at work. He was both and beyond that. He will forever be revered as one of our greatest friends…one of our greatest friends. We should always remember him as a loving husband, son, father, brother, and great law enforcement officer. From the ashes is born something even more beautiful.”
Jason leaves behind a wife, Katie and 2 young children, James and Jackie.
Funeral services were held on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Plains High School Auditorium. Visitation was on Friday August 11, 2017, at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock. His fellow deputies escorted Deputy Fann back to Plains early Saturday morning.
If you would like to donate to the Fann family, you can do so at any Aim Bank.