Matthew Ryan Jones

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

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at First Woodway Baptist Church, 101 N. Ritchie Rd, in Woodway. Burial will follow at Gerald Cemetery.

The general public who wish to pay their respects to Deputy Sheriff Jones may do so Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning at noon until 4 p.m. and again Thursday, Oct. 17, beginning at noon until 4 p.m.

Matt was born Feb. 7, 1989, in Waco to Ronnie and Debbie Coleman Jones. He attended Connally High School and TSTC in Waco. In August of 2015, Matt joined the Falls County Sheriff's Department and was a four-year veteran of the force as a K9 deputy at the time of his death.

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

Matt was not only a proud public servant who was respected by all who knew him, but he was also an avid outdoorsman 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 K9 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.

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

Thoughts, memories and more may be shared at

Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend, Waco TX 76708, in charge of arrangements.


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