SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Kendall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Matthew Wayne Johnson lost his battle with colon cancer Friday at the age of 44, just three days after Deputy Carlos Ramirez was struck and killed by a pickup while handling a traffic stop.

Johnson served a combined 20 years in Law Enforcement for Kerr County, Bandera County, SFA Police Department and Kendall County. He is survived by his wife, Shelli, a son and 3 grandchildren.

Johnson, referred to by his family as “Big SEXY,” spent the past year spreading awareness about the importance of colonoscopies.

A service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at First United Methodist Church in Kerrville. In a Facebook post, Johnson’s family asks those who plan to attend the service to wear a sports jersey, fishing shirt or bright colors –“whatever you feel is festive! That is what Matthew wanted.”

They also ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hill Country Hospice in Fredericksburg.

Deputy Ramirez was a three-year veteran of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office. He also served as an Army reservist and was deployed to Africa in 2018.

He was 32-years-old and leaves behind his wife, Jessica, and two children, ages 7 and 11.

Ramirez’s funeral service will be held at 1:30 Thursday afternoon at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. The family is asking those who attend to wear red, white and blue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the 100 Club of Kendall County. Ramirez will be laid to rest July 16 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso.

Angels All Around You Military Ministry in Boerne plans to honor both deputies at a vigil at 7 pm Wednesday at Veterans Plaza in Boerne.

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