Jerry Reese Raburn
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Jerry Reese Raburn, age 79 was born October 30, 1942 in Ryan, Oklahoma to his parents Edwin and Letha Estes Raburn. He passed away peacefully on April 1, 2022 after a short, but fierce fight against bladder cancer.
Jerry was married to the love of his life, Avie Shelton Raburn on March 3, 1962. After they married they lived in Bowie Texas, until they made Lewisville, Texas their forever home in 1967. Avie passed from Alzheimer's just prior to their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
Jerry served as a Constable for Denton County from 1992 until he retired in 2020. Before serving with Denton County, he worked with the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper.
Jerry was a Christian, a follower of Christ and accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior when he was a teenager at the Church of Christ Church, Ryan Oklahoma. Jerry is a long-time member of Lakeland Baptist Church, Lewisville, Texas, where he served as Deacon and head of Security as his ministry. Jerry didn't mind sharing his faith with total strangers and often stopped and prayed with others that he met along the way. Especially at his favorite restaurants that he and Avie frequented. He had special cards made that had scripture and his phone number on them just in case the person he was visiting with needed a helping hand.
He loved helping his community and served in many ways, including leadership positions like Children's Advocacy Center, Board of Lewisville Memorial Hospital, Denton County Republican Party, Lincoln Reagan Dinner, Kyle's House, Youth and Family Counseling, Board of CCA, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and many others.
Jerry received many awards and achievements for his volunteer work including Denton County Republican Party Volunteer of the Year along with his wife Avie.
In his professional career Jerry was Certified by Commission on Law Enforcement as Master Peace Officer, Police Instructor, Police Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Instructor Rifle, Handgun, Shotgun, Handgun Instructor to Lewisville Police Department SWAT Team, DPS Certified Concealed Handgun License Instructor, Member of Texas Tactical Police Officers Association and Member of American Society of Law Enforcement Training. He won many Gold Medals in the Police Olympics for his marksmanship.
He put away bad people, stopped bank robbers, conducted drug busts and caught car thieves. He said recently that his most memorable moment in his career was when he put away a very bad guy that had assaulted a young girl. He knew then what he was doing was worth it.
Jerry was the Owner and Instructor of Top Gun Firearms Training helping the public with firearm safety, home security, defensive shooting and firearm safety training and Concealed Handgun License instruction and certification.
Above all of his service opportunities, awards, and his professional career, he was most proud of his family and loved spending time with them. Sitting at the table for a meal, watching Gunsmoke, teaching them firearms safety and practicing at the range or just in these recent weeks teaching his great grand girls (The Tiny Girl Gang) how to do leather tooling and showing them how to make bookmarks.
Jerry is survived by his daughter Jerri ReNae "Cissy" Raburn Martin and her husband, Mitchell, granddaughter Mackenzie Martin Ivey and her husband Colby Ivey, brother Boyd Raburn and wife Carol, daughter in love, Cathy King, grandson David King, great grand girls Libby Ivey, Clara Ivey and Lottie Ivey and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Avie Raburn on October 22, 2021, their beloved son Curtis Raburn, and his parents, Edwin and Letha Raburn.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 PM, Monday, April 18th at the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 19th at Lakeland Baptist Church in Lewisville, TX.
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